GFA's leprosy and slum ministries help some of the poorest, most destitute victims of poverty, sickness and despair.
Leprosy, known among medical professionals as Hansen's Disease, still affects people today. Every year, around 250,000 people contract the disease. Hansen's Disease is mostly found in developing countries and carries an enormous amount of misunderstandings. Many afflicted with leprosy will find themselves ostracized—even by family members—and left to live in leprosy colonies.
In these colonies, sickness and hardship rule. The same goes for the overcrowded areas known as slums, where millions endure squalid and unhygienic conditions. In 2008, UN-Habitat reported that 33 percent of the world's population live in slums—a full third of the world's population.
GFA-supported workers and Sisters of Compassion toil endlessly, ministering to the sick and downtrodden in leprosy colonies and in many slums throughout Asia. This month, join us as we lift up these faithful workers and the people they minister to.