On our recent trip back to Kontum, we visited a leper community and got to meet the children of these lepers. These children have been separated from their parents for fear of the disease spreading.
The conditions that these children live in broke our hearts. Running around without shoes, squeezing into ill-ventilated rooms that make do for bedrooms, with just a few worn out mattresses, pillows and blankets. We also found out that the children hardly get to bathe, sharing only a small container of soap.
KMF has only recently managed to build toilets for this community, and sadly it is difficult to do more for them because the government has been trying to keep these lepers a secret from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which prevents them for getting any funding.
Although our focus here at Barré is education, our heart has always been for the kids and youth, and that is why our long term goal is to provide education for the children in the hill tribe villages.
Hence, we are hoping to embark on a small side project, to fund soap for these kids, and organise a hygiene session to teach them to wash their hands and clean themselves. We believe that proper hygiene is the basic step to take to help these kids feel empowered.
If you would like to help us out and support these children of the lepers, drop us a text/email or leave us a message!
Amanda Felise Lim
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