By working with local Public Health officials and other aid organizations AED is able to learn about people and families suffering from Leprosy and then see how we might aid them with basic needs.
When American Educational Development became aware of Leprosy’s existence in South Asia, we discovered large groups of people with bodies mangled by the disease and barely existing.
The current economy crisis in Sri Lanka has put families in the position of deciding to send a child to school or eating.
Among the poorest are people who suffer with a horrible disease called Leprosy. There is still a great deal of fear and ignorance about Leprosy. Those discovered with it are often rejected by family and society and end up living in horrible poverty, rejected by all and reduced to surviving by begging.
When American Educational Development became aware of Leprosy’s existence in South Asia, we discovered large groups of people with bodies mangled by the disease and barely existing. People that become disenfranchised from their society due to fear and a misunderstanding of the disease. We typically begin with giving food and clothing to build trusting relationships which often grow into allowing us to provide access to clean drinking water, and finding other dignified ways to help them survive without having to beg. AED continues to give food and clothing while focusing on sustainable projects, such as clean water deep bore wells and the planting of crops geared to provide long-term revenue to those afflicted directly or indirectly with Leprosy.
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