Teaching, Learning and Adapting Emotions in Uganda’s Child Leprosy Settlement, c. 1930–1962

  • Kathleen Vongsathorn
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions book series (Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions)


The Kumi Children’s Leper Home was founded by the Anglican Church Missionary Society (CMS) in 1930 for the purpose of saving children from leprosy and transforming them into happy, healthy and faithful Christian citizens of the British Empire. Leprosy was a popular imperial philanthropic cause and child leprosy sufferers were particularly prominent within this cause, in part because doctors believed children must be at the foundation of any successful effort to eradicate leprosy, but primarily because child leprosy patients presented a special opportunity.1 As children and as victims of leprosy, child leprosy sufferers were considered to be doubly vulnerable and thus their potential salvation was an especially attractive prospect for philanthropists.


Character Trait Leprosy Patient Child Patient Mission Hospital British Empire 
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