Leprosy is an infectious disease which damages skin and peripheral nerves. By the 1970s, most leprosy patients were cured. However, effects like disfigurement and disability remained.
The Singapore Leprosy Relief Association (SILRA) Home was set up in 1971 to provide basic care, food and shelter for such ex-leprosy patients.
|The old building located at Lor Buangkok (1971-2005)|
SILRA Home has many visitors, but there is only one volunteer group which visits residents week after week since 1994: Joy Gathering.