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Mission celebrates Lepers Day
Lepers are equal to other people, mission sister remindsAn elderly leprosy man is seen in the Church-run Center in Shan State
- ucanews.com reporter, Yangon
- September 27, 2011
â€śAlthough they are in this world and alive, they often seem to consider themselves as hopeless,â€ť said one of the organizers, Sister Soe Soe of the St. Theresa Lepersâ€™ Colony and Orphanage, in Pyay diocese.
â€śWe want to show that we understand their feelings and we consider them to be equal to other people. So we arranged Lepers Day specially for them.â€ť
Around 60 guests, including priests, nuns, villagers and boarding students joined the lepers for the event at the St. Theresa Colony.
Father Simon, a local parish priest, celebrated a special Mass and a Buddhist monk offered blessed food. Afterwards the lepers were presented with gifts and listened to talks on spiritual well-being and on environmental awareness. â€śThey may be despised by others, but we need to help them both physically and spiritually,â€ť said Fr Simon.
U Tin Myint has been at the center for more than 45 years. He developed a sore in his leg when he was young and, without proper care, has condition steadily worsened.
â€śI really do thank the nuns for taking care of us, regardless of our religion,â€ť he said. â€śI was abandoned by my wife and son, but now with the help of the nuns, I donâ€™t have to worry about my daily food as others do.â€ť
The majority of the colonyâ€™s 29 residents are Buddhists; others are Baptists and Catholics. â€śWe look after them, make sure theyâ€™re fed properly and we invite doctors to give them occasional medical check-upsâ€ť said Sr Soe Soe.
Since 2004, the center has been run by Sr Soe Soe and two other RNDM nuns who take care of the colony as well as around 60 Â children.
To offer financial as well as day-to-day help, the nuns have now started Â Â running a micro-credit program for the lepersâ€™ families, with the help of the Yangon-based Mission.