Akifah is only 10 years old and is being treated for leprosy. Her little body has already been attacked by the disease and her hands are stiff, clawed and unusable – she cannot throw a ball, hold a pencil or even hold her Mum’s hand. Her feet are also damaged and she drags her foot when she walks.
Akifah has been cured of leprosy, but she is frightened. She desperately needs an operation to fix her clawed fingers. Akifah has had the freedom to be a child stolen from her, by leprosy.
Unfortunately, Akifah isn’t the only child living with the effects of leprosy – there are thousands. Today, somewhere in the world other little children will be told that they have leprosy.
This Christmas you can help children like Akifah get the care they need. A gift of £24, £60, or whatever you can afford will make sure we can help as many children as possible. They don’t want chocolate, or toys. They just want to be able to dance again. Your special gift can transform the life of a child like Akifah.