Vietnam Photographer Aaron Joel Santos | Editorial, Documentary, and Travel Photographs | Vietnam | Thailand | Laos | Cambodia | Southeast Asia: Faith & Isolation in Shan State
Within Shan state in Myanmar, 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 funding to survive. The sisters themselves have all taken vows of chastity, obedience, and poverty, and have dedicated their lives to serving others.
In many ways, 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 and helping through their devotion to their religion, their hearts and hands working tirelessly amidst lands many have long since forgotten.