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Sisters of charity

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By Aaron Joel Santos

These photographs represent the beginning sketches in an ongoing work on the Sisters of Charity organisation, and on faith and duty in an unforgiving landscape. Within Shan state, the Sisters of Charity run numerous orphanages and care centers for the elderly and handicapped, as well as a leper colony on the outskirts of Kengtung. With little to no official government assistance, the organisation relies on donors and various fundings to survive. The sisters themselves have all taken vows of chastity, obedience, and poverty, and have dedicated their lives to serving others. In a way, their faith has isolated them in the same way that the diseases have isolated those they now help. They are at once close and distant to those around them, teaching their faith to the once faithless, their hearts working tirelessly amidst lands most have long since forgotten.