Bishop of Southwark’s Lent Call, 2019

‘I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly’ (John 10:10b)

Week 1. The Leprosy Mission: improving leprosy-affected communities in Sri Lanka. The first week’s project is to help communities in Sri Lanka severely affected by leprosy. It is 2000 years since Jesus healed people with leprosy. Sri Lanka has one of the highest rates of leprosy in the world, with nearly 2000 new cases diagnosed in 2018. The recent civil conflicts over 25 years severely disrupted health care provision, notably early treatment, resulting in high rates of disability. Our giving will support the Leprosy Mission’s work in the Northern Province, directly to address both the underlying causes and the treatment of leprosy.