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Sundi is a cheerful lady, often laughing and ready to share a joke with the other members of Mpapua house, the dormitory that she is an elder of and has lived in since 1995. Even in community meetings she is ready to lighten the mood with her sense of humour, sometimes doubled up giggling with her fellow community elders. Behind many of the smiles and laughter there is a sad tale to tell, and Sundi is no exception. She never knew her mother and lived with her father, looking after him and her aunt when they both passed away with leprosy. At 40yrs old she said she had a bright future when she left her home village to marry a man from another region, however when she started to notice the symptoms of leprosy her husband quickly left her and she was on her own.
She was sent by the district elders to get treatment for leprosy at Bukumbi Hospital and once completed the sisters there sent her to BCC to live and be cared for. Outside of BCC people are unkind and hurtful towards those who have had leprosy, they laugh and joke about their disabilities. This is not the case inside BCC and Sundi likes the fact that the community supports one another.