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Empower women like Sabita!

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Empower women like Sabita!

Your shopping helps Sabita care for her family! Sabita works hard, hand-stitching textiles to earn money for her family. Her husband used to work in another country but came back to Nepal for his family. He has struggled to find work since then, so they take care of their 10-year-old son with just one income. They saved up money and took out a loan to buy a taxi. Now Sabita’s husband could work! But then — COVID lockdowns hit. A caring mother wants to do anything she can to help her family — but sometimes, it’s hard to see what she...

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No child should have their childhood stolen by leprosy

Posted by Crystal Nguyen on

No child should have their childhood stolen by leprosy

Sadly, this is what happened to Rhitik. He is still in Grade 5, even though he’s 13 — just one year ahead of his 10-year-old sister. Because nobody knew he had leprosy, he spent a lot of time in hospital, with doctors trying to understand what was making him suffer. No child should have to go through something like that.    Around 4 years ago, Rhitik found an ulcer on his right big toe. It stopped him from doing a lot of things. Rhitik loves to play cricket and football — but it became difficult to particiapte. His friends would ask...

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Transforming dreams into reality!

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Transforming dreams into reality!

Your love is transforming dreams into reality for artisans like Radhika Radhika Basnet lives in Chabahil, an ancient neighbourhood in north-east Kathmandu, Nepal.   Radhika grew up in a family of seven, with two brothers and two sisters. She now manages her household alone, with her son and daughter. Her husband is away a lot of the time with the Royal Guards. That’s left Radhika to support the family through her income.  Radhika is an artisan in the batik section of our Shop partner of New SADLE. Batik is a method of dyeing textiles using wax).New SADLE is a not-for-profit organisation...

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Artisans like Nanu can make a living because of you

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Artisans like Nanu can make a living because of you

Your shopping transforms artisan lives!  Nanu was just 12 years old when she learned that she had leprosy. Her brother Tek noticed the red marks on her body, and he took her to The Leprosy Mission’s Anandaban Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. He had leprosy before, so he recognised the signs. Nanu was able to be treated before she developed any deformity, but the nerves in her fingers are damaged to the point she has lost feeling or her fingers are numb.  Before she contracted leprosy, Nanu already liked weaving. She is very skilled with her hands, despite the nerve damage she developed....

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Overcoming Obstacles: Nagajothi's Journey to Empowerment

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Overcoming Obstacles: Nagajothi's Journey to Empowerment

Nagajothi's journey has been a difficult one. Diagnosed with leprosy at just 14 years old, she faced rejection and stigma from her community. Her family lived in a small makeshift home in India, and her mother worked long hours rolling firecrackers just to make ends meet. However, despite all of these challenges, Nagajothi never gave up. Thanks to the work of organisations like The Leprosy Mission Australia, Nagajothi was able to pursue her dreams of becoming an electrician. She enrolled in the Vadathorasalur Vocational Training Centre (VTC), where she received the education and training she needed to succeed. At first,...

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