Leprosy in India

Leprosy in India

10 July 2024

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

James 1:27

Reaching the outcast

In India, where leprosy continues to impact countless lives, the need for accessible resources is more pressing than ever. This chronic disease can cause severe physical impairments, including blindness and the loss of fine motor skills, leading to a significant dependency on others. Such dependency not only erodes personal autonomy but also affects emotional well-being and social inclusion.

When asked about their experience at the facility, one encounter stood out in particular. The team met a 10-year-old girl who had been abandoned by her family at the facility due to her leprosy. The girl had leprosy at a young age but had gone through treatment and was cured. Despite being clean and healthy, this young girl will never return to her family or a life of normalcy. Due to the deep rooted societal implications of contracting leprosy, she will likely spend the rest of her life as if she were an orphan, remaining in the facility without seeing her parents or family again. This poignant moment highlighted the importance of their trip and the significance of showing love and support to those who are outcast by society.

MegaVoice audio devices are designed to provide avenues of education by offering a means to listen to content without the need for sight or fine motor skills. The devices feature tactile buttons and intuitive navigation, allowing users to easily select and listen to specific content independently.

Leprosy, if left untreated, can lead to profound physical disabilities, making it difficult or impossible for affected individuals to engage with traditional print materials. Blindness and loss of hand functionality further compound the problem, restricting access to information, education, and spiritual nourishment. The societal repercussions are equally severe, as those affected often face discrimination and social ostracism, leading to isolation and economic hardships.

Upon request, individuals were able to operate and listen to the devices, providing a sense of independence for those who are often forced to depend on others for many of their daily functions. This opportunity was no small thing for those who participated. Some described the experience as “An oasis of God’s love and mercy being shown by people who love the Lord”. 

*For the protection of those involved, faces, names and specific locations have been excluded. 


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