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Touchable: Unveiling the Stigma of Leprosy

We were very honoured to have Shine TV with us on our supporter tour to India. A documentary from the trip was broadcast on Shine TV.

'It sure brought home the terrible nature of leprosy, the effects it has on lives, but also the hope if caught early and treated,' said Mary, one of our supporters.

Don't worry if you missed the programme, as you can now watch it here.



 

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    Thank you for your incredible support in 2016!

    22 December 2016

    Your love and generosity means people have a chance to be cured of this terrible disease and receive the care they need to be completely healed. We truly appreciate the wonderful support that you have given in 2016. Please enjoy watching this 1...
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    Thank you from people affect by leprosy

    26 July 2016

    Thank you! Your unfailing support means people don’t have to accept leprosy as their lot in life. It will ensure they are cured of leprosy and receives the vital care they need. Your love and generosity means people have a chance to be cured...
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    22 February 2016

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  • Giving back - Leprosy Mission NZ in Bangladesh

    Giving back - Leprosy Mission NZ in Bangladesh

    28 January 2016

    On Radio New Zealand, Lynda Chanwai-Earle and Justin Gregory, brought us a story about Asian New Zealanders traveling to Bangladesh to bring aid to leprosy sufferers as part of The Leprosy Mission New Zealand. This pilot programme is a first for...
  • 2014 Youth Advocates bus fundraising

    2014 Youth Advocates bus fundraising

    27 August 2014

    Our 2014 Youth Advocates have described their trip to Kathmandu, Nepal as an "incredible, life-changing and challenging opportunity of a lifetime". While in Nepal the team saw a real need for a hospital transit bus. Now they are back home and...
  • Jasmine lends HANDA a hand in China

    Jasmine lends HANDA a hand in China

    30 March 2014

    Auckland childcare teacher Jasmine Ye has recently returned from an eye-opening trip to her old hometown of Guangzhou in Southern China. As an ethnic community volunteer for the Leprosy Mission in New Zealand, she used her time in China to...
  • Compassion inspires dinner party support

    Compassion inspires dinner party support

    27 March 2014

    One of our lovely supporters from Taupo organised a dinner party to raise funds for people with leprosy. I originally intended to send my first donation of $210. Then my husband came home and told me he had invited 12 people for dinner - all the...
  • Leprosy Mission street appeal a success

    Leprosy Mission street appeal a success

    25 March 2014

    A big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who pitched in for our Auckland street appeal on the 30th of July. The volunteers went out to 20 different locations around the Auckland CBD, Mt Eden and Newmarket shopping precincts, to raise...
  • Ethnic Community Update

    Ethnic Community Update

    22 December 2013

    TVNZ’s TV programme ‘Neighbourhood’ recently interviewed Baibing Yu, a young Ethnic Community Volunteer for the Leprosy Mission, about the work that he does.For Howick–based Baibing Yu, charity does really start at home....
  • ONESOUND festival and [shift]

    ONESOUND festival and [shift]

    21 November 2013

    The inaugural winter Christian music festival, OneSound, took place on June 15th in Waikanae (half-way between Palmerston North and Wellington). The event mainly attracts Christian university students who, for just $40, are treated to 50 bands...
  • Daniel Ramsay - an experience of a lifetime at Anandaban Hospital

    Daniel Ramsay - an experience of a lifetime at Anandaban Hospital

    20 September 2013

    Daniel Ramsay is a sixth-year medical student at Otago University who spent his overseas externship at AnandabanLeprosy Mission Hospital, in Nepal. Daniel is the first medical elective in many years to be placed at one of the projects the Leprosy...
  • Youth Advocate Scholarship 2013 recipients announced

    Youth Advocate Scholarship 2013 recipients announced

    6 February 2013

    Join us in welcoming our 2013 Leprosy Mission New Zealand Youth Advocates! Cameron Dyer “I am in my second year of my Bachelor of Medicine degree at the University of Auckland. I am originally from Whangarei, where my family still lives. My...
  • Parachute 2013

    Parachute 2013

    18 January 2013

    We will be attending Parachute Music Festival, NZ's largest Christian music festival, again this year which coincides with World Leprosy Day on Sunday 27th January. If you are at Parachute come down to our site and cure, care, restore and weave...
  • Bringing Light Into the Darkest Places

    Bringing Light Into the Darkest Places

    5 September 2012

    “God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble.” James 4:6 Dr Julie Lincoln was called to bring light into the darkest places. Originally from Tauranga, Julie has been based in Nepal for the past seven years, touching and...
  • Running 4 Rights 2012

    Running 4 Rights 2012

    22 August 2012

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  • Reaching out to Southern China

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    18 August 2012

    Over the past two years, Leprosy Mission New Zealand's volunteer Ethnic Communities Ambassador, Mike Sheppard, has been steadily growing the Leprosy Mission's Ethnic Communities volunteer team. Mostly based in Auckland, the team have been actively...
  • Bowlathon

    Bowlathon

    17 August 2012

    Help our 2012 Youth Advocates raise funds for a 4WD for Anandaban Leprosy Mission Hospital • 17 August 2012 Always wanted to give outdoor bowls a try? Why not have fun and support our mission all in one event! Our 2012 Youth Advocates are...
  • Annual appeal

    Annual appeal

    18 July 2012

    "Lift up the hands that hang down" Kamless's arm became weak and clawed. Only when the damage was done, was leprosy recognised. With it came the old fears. Kamless was told his leprosy was a curse due to sin; a common misconception. With his body...
  • May appeal

    May appeal

    17 May 2012

    Rupa, her family and their community need all the support they can get. They live in one of the most remote, impoverished areas of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. Life there is hard for everyone. But life for someone known to have...
  • Re-gift your tax credit

    Re-gift your tax credit

    5 April 2012

    Did you know there's a simple way to donate your tax credit back to Leprosy Mission New Zealand. This option increases your donation towards leprosy-affected people by 33% and allows you to claim an additional tax credit on this amount next year!...
  • Healing from Leprosy Stigma

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    30 March 2012

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  • Giving people in Ethiopia the Bread of Life

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    12 March 2012

    "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." John 6:35 NIV A New Zealand funded Grain Mill has changed the life of an entire community. People in a leprosy-affected community...
  • Fishing for people

    Fishing for people

    4 March 2012

    Fishing for people When it comes to fishing, it’s usually the people who are doing the fishing and the fish that are being caught. But at the McKean Centre in Thailand, it was once the other way around. Diana Noonan, a supporter of Leprosy...
  • New drive to fight leprosy in PNG

    New drive to fight leprosy in PNG

    9 February 2012

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  • Novartis continues fight to help end leprosy

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    1 February 2012

    Novartis announced today that it will extend its collaboration with the World Health Organization and others to end leprosy. Novartis will continue to provide free multidrug therapy medicines expected to treat an estimated 850,000 people through...
  • World Leprosy Day 2012

    World Leprosy Day 2012

    18 January 2012

    Will you reach out and touch someone with leprosy this World Leprosy Day on Sunday 29th January? It's now been 100 years since the Leprosy Mission New Zealand was formed. Over the last 30 years since the cure for leprosy was discovered we have...
  • 1898 Leprosy Act repealed

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    17 January 2012

    On 24th November 2011 the Dhaka Government repealed the 1898 Leprosy Act that segregated leprosy patients from their families and society because at the time it was believed that leprosy was contagious and incurable. Awami League MP Saber Hossain...
  • 2012 Youth Advocates announced ...

    2012 Youth Advocates announced ...

    2 January 2012

    Youth Advocate Scholarship recipients announced The Leprosy Mission is thrilled to announce the six successful Youth Advocate Scholarship recipients for 2012. The Leprosy Mission New Zealand's Youth Advocate Scholarships enable young adults with a...
  • Cure 50 with Newstalk ZB

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    7 December 2011

    When a family member is diagnosed with leprosy, it can have a profound impact on the whole family. It often divides families, causing husbands or wives to divorce their leprosy-affected spouse. It also affects their children, as often they cannot...
  • Running 4 Rights 2011

    Running 4 Rights 2011

    3 November 2011

    Every year a team of runners and walkers, known as the Running 4 Rights team, participates in the Auckland Marathon to raise awareness and project funding for people affected by leprosy. In 2011 the Auckland Marathon took place on Sunday 30th...
  • On a mission to Nepal 2011

    On a mission to Nepal 2011

    30 September 2011

    Five Youth Advocate Scholarship recipients visited Nepal in early 2011 to witness the Leprosy Mission in action, and to learn about the medical, social and psychological impacts of leprosy. Our Youth Advocates spent eight days in Kathmandu...
  • India still struggling with leprosy

    India still struggling with leprosy

    17 August 2011

    Six years after leprosy was declared officially eliminated in India, officials and doctors are warning that the devastating disease is spreading in poverty-stricken pockets of the country. But with your help we can help families in India and other...
  • Wellesley Bailey Award Winners 2011

    Wellesley Bailey Award Winners 2011

    5 July 2011

    On Tuesday 31st May, as part of the International Assembly, Mr Mainudin Dafali, from Nepal, and Mr Anjan Dey, from India, were awarded the 2011 Wellesley Bailey Award. This award honours people who have faced significant challenges in their lives...
  • Introducing our 2011 Youth Advocates

    Introducing our 2011 Youth Advocates

    30 March 2011

    In February, our five passionate and enthusiastic Youth Advocates set off on the trip of a lifetime to see the Leprosy Mission in action in Nepal. The group spent eight days in Kathmandu visiting Leprosy Mission projects, learning about the...
  • 'Stigma' photo exhibition

    'Stigma' photo exhibition

    24 January 2011

    Auckland based photographer Michael Bradley has photographed leprosy-affected people living in some of the world's poorest communities and recently exhibited a collection of his breathtaking images at Northart Gallery in Northcote, Auckland. The...
  • Youth Advocate Scholarship 2011 recipients announced

    Youth Advocate Scholarship 2011 recipients announced

    3 January 2011

    The Leprosy Mission New Zealand is very excited to announce the five successful candidates for its 2011 Youth Advocate Scholarships. The group will travel to Nepal in February to see the Leprosy Mission's work in action (including a visit to...
  • Human rights strengthened for people affected by leprosy

    Human rights strengthened for people affected by leprosy

    3 November 2010

    The Human Rights Council adopted the revised principles and guidelines to end discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members at its 15th session that ended in Geneva on October 1.The principles declare that people...
  • Become a Youth Advocate

    Become a Youth Advocate

    19 July 2010

    Can you imagine being rejected by your family and friends just because you are suffering from a curable disease? Can you imagine not being able to go to school because your classmates and teachers don't want anything to do with you? Can you...
  • It's Time to Celebrate Our Volunteers!

    It's Time to Celebrate Our Volunteers!

    21 June 2010

    This week we are celebrating the invaluable contribution that volunteers make to our vital work with leprosy-affected individuals and their families. Every year, Volunteering New Zealand holds Volunteer Awareness Week to celebrate the countless...
  • Kiwi Families Can Make a World of Difference

    Kiwi Families Can Make a World of Difference

    25 March 2010

    Here at the Leprosy Mission New Zealand we have been going through a process of renewal, and following an extensive organisational re-branding process we are very excited to launch our new Leprosy Mission brand to the New Zealand public. It is an...
  • The Power of Family

    The Power of Family

    1 January 2010

    Today, approximately 720 people will be newly diagnosed with leprosy. This figure may seem paltry when we consider that 25,000 children die every single day from preventable causes, or that nearly 3 billion people have less than $2 a day to...
  • Prince Harry given memento of his mother's 1993 visit to Anandaban

    Prince Harry given memento of his mother's 1993 visit to Anandaban

    Prince Harry received a photo album of his late mother HRH Princess Diana’s visit to the Leprosy Mission Hospital in Anandaban during his trip to Nepal. Country leader Shovakhar Kandel and Dr Indra Napit, reconstructive surgery specialist,...
  • Coast Really Good Gifts Day

    Coast Really Good Gifts Day

    Thank you so much to everyone who listened to the Coast Really Good Gifts Day on Wednesday 3rd August. You and so many gave over $10,000 from 163 gifts, which will bring real hope for people affected by leprosy in some of the poorest countries in...
  • Chandni's Story

    Chandni's Story

    Living in poverty is very hard and when leprosy is thrown into the mix it can become impossible. Chandni found herself in this situation when she was just 11 years old. Now, she is 17 years old and her health has drastically improved with the help...