Kulendran is just ten years old. His life should be happy and carefree, full of hopes and dreams. But this year, Kulendran’s life changed forever.
Kulendran lives in a small village in Sri Lanka. A few months ago, Leprosy Mission community health workers visited his village. They delivered the devastating news that Kulendran had leprosy.
Kulendran’s parents were distraught, wondering what it would mean for them. They were afraid that the stigma of leprosy would see them outcast by friends and neighbours, that people would no longer want to visit their home or buy the vegetables that they grow to make a living.
Kulendran was scared for his future. It’s his dream to do well at school and when he’s older, get a job as a teacher. But worries about disability and discrimination filled his mind.