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Primary Schools

In these unusual times, when schools have been forced to close, Lepra would like to give something back.

Over the years, we have welcomed and received wonderful, highly valued support from both primary and secondary schools across the UK. As a direct result of your generosity, we have been able to treat people suffering from leprosy across India, Bangladesh, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. We have provided reconstructive surgeries and physiotherapy to reverse the effects of nerve damage to hands and feet, supplied specially designed sandals for damaged feet and made available equipment to help with simple everyday tasks.

Sadly, due to the misinformation and prejudice surrounding the disease, many children are unable to attend school and adults are cast out from their communities and forced to live in isolation away from families and friends.

However, despite being curable, leprosy if left untreated can cause life changing disabilities and even blindness. Sadly, due to the misinformation and prejudice surrounding the disease, many children are unable to attend school and adults are cast out from their communities and forced to live in isolation away from families and friends. During the difficult times of the COVID-19 crisis, so many of us in the UK can resonate with such feelings of isolation with the social distancing measures we are experiencing; though this is hopefully a relatively short term restriction compared to that of leprosy sufferers for whom isolation may last a lifetime.

The Lepra Shoe Challenge

The Shoe Challenge is designed to be fun for you and your children, whilst learning about the disease of leprosy and how the work of Lepra changes lives.

Using the story of Mubarak, a young boy who Lepra helped to cure of leprosy and provided with custom made footwear, discuss how your children feel about leprosy, and to think about how he might have felt. Children can also be reminded how easily they can walk in bare feet or with footwear; whilst people with leprosy, unless provided with specialist footwear, cannot. For so many children not able to go to school recently, your child may be able to relate this to Mubarak’s story and how happy they will be to return to school just as he was.

To take part, follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Find your favourite pair of shoes
  2. Create a picture of your shoes
  3. Take a photo of your creation and email to lepra@lepra.org.uk, please include your full name and child’s first name and age
  4. Your drawing will be uploaded to our online gallery, and a certificate will be awarded to the most creative entries each week

We encourage you to be as imaginative as possible, whether it’s colourful, textured, sketched or collaged, get creative and above all - have fun!

 

The Future

When the situation improves and school life returns to normal, Lepra would welcome the opportunity to visit your school, but in the meantime we would be delighted to work with your school remotely. We can offer real time presentations on the work of Lepra via Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or Skype, or share pre-recorded material that can be delivered by your own staff. 

If you would like to find out more, or discuss specific ways we can work together to raise awareness and vital funds please email us on lepra@lepra.org.uk.

Did you know it costs just £6 to provide a pair of custom made protective shoes? Click here to donate £6 now.