dfid_ukAntonio was diagnosed with leprosy as a child and has lived with the effects his whole life.
Antonio is a father to five children and his wife Gabrielle, who is also disabled by leprosy, was forced to work alone in the field to provide for the family. This was particularly difficult for Antonio. He says, “I wish I never had leprosy so that I could work and do not have to watch my wife struggle so hard on her own." The Leprosy Mission’s UK Aid Match-funded Feet First campaign for Mozambique, helps people like Antonio and Gabrielle protect their bodies by providing sandals and teaching them self-care, improving livelihoods by encouraging savings and providing loans for small businesses, and helping farmers increase yields through sustainable farming methods.
Thanks to this, Antonio is now more mobile and finally feels more included in his community. His self-esteem has risen as he is now able to help other leprosy-affected people too.
On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December) Antonio’s message is clear, that if governments and those supporting international development are to reach those most in need they must ensure disabled people are included in the development process and no one is left behind. Inclusion is their only hope.
Picture: Paul Salmon/Leprosy Mission
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