Leprosy aid – the stories of sufferers 

Lakhikan: "I got my life back"  

"My name is Lakhikan and I am 48 years of age. For fourteen years, I have been suffering from leprosy and lived as an "Untouchable" in the gutter. In March 1996, I received MDT through the Back-to-Life project. Two years later, in 1998, I tested negative for leprosy. I am not infectious any more and have learned to live with the disabilities caused by the disease. I am again in charge of my life and do rather well.

Although my face is terribly disfigured by leprosy, I have found work, thanks to the Back-to-Life project. I now earn my own money. In July 1996, when I was 39 years old, I began working as a rickshaw driver to bring the street children to school. I service the rickshaw myself. In the afternoon, I can often earn a little extra money by driving other people around the city.

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In 1998, I asked the project team to invest my savings into building material. I then built a house for my wife Sunita and myself in a leper colony. It was hard work, but we are delighted with our new home..

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Between 1996 and the summer of 2003, I drove my rickshaw every day, except on Sundays. I earned good money, and when my son Uttpal was born in 1999, I did not have to worry how to feed my family. In mid-2003, I became a housemaster in the new children's home. I still drive the rickshaw, but my main duties are of course now within the children's home. My son is now five years old and is at pre-school." Lakhikan, 2005

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