Late last year, The Leprosy Mission Australia sent me on a resource trip to Timor-Leste to capture photos, stories, videos, and virtual tours. During the trip I was lucky enough to sit down and chat with people affected by leprosy. There is a lot of stigma surrounding this disease, so part of my challenge was to represent those affected in a respectful manner that counters the 'untouchable leper' narrative.
I was inspired to learn how TLMA has worked to empower those affected by leprosy so that they have control and autonomy over their futures. Some people affected with the disease receive chicks which they can sell, while others are trained to make gifts. This is development without dependency.
If you're inspired to take action, please consider donating towards the work of The Leprosy Mission Australia.