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.
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.
We have identified 346 children (in our projects) who have leprosy or are in families with leprosy. Our research has discovered it costs $100/child to school a child for a year. This includes books, uniform, shoes, and supplies