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Moneybox

Moneyboxes are for everyone! You can have a moneybox at home, or take one to your school, church or workplace.


Since our Moneybox Programme began in the 1960s our iconic moneyboxes have made their way into countless homes, churches and schools across the country.


Hundreds of dedicated Moneybox Collectors have inspired New Zealanders to donate their small change, and together we have raised over $3.35 million!


This has enabled us to bring about big change for thousands of leprosy-affected families living in Chittagong, Bangladesh.


If you are interested in supporting our Moneybox Programme please contact our Moneybox Coordinator, Carolyn Currie, on 09 630 2818 or email her at moneybox@leprosymission.org.nz


Moneyboxes are not just for adults! No matter how young (or old!) you are, you can have a moneybox at home or take one to your school or church.


We are seeking enthusiastic young people to spread the word about our Moneybox Programme in their schools and churches.


Moneyboxes are a fun and easy way to help leprosy-affected children and their families living in Bangladesh. A few coins from your pocket money (and your friend's pocket money!) can go a long way!


If you would like a moneybox than please let us know by emailing moneybox@leprosymission.org.nz



Four years ago, Zorina Begum (pictured here with her children) found out she had leprosy. She developed white patches on her arm and a Leprosy Mission staff member working in her community took her to a Leprosy Mission clinic where she was formally diagnosed and given a 12 month course of multi-drug therapy.


When Zorina told her husband about her diagnosis he left her. He did not want a wife who had leprosy. She has not seen him since and now she has to look after her four children by herself.


The small change you collect transforms the lives of people like Zorina who are faced with the devastating consequences of being diagnosed with leprosy.


After she completed her treatment a Leprosy Mission staff member came to visit her and asked her what support she needed. Zorina replied: "How can I live? I have nothing?"


The Leprosy Mission were very concerned about Zorina's wellbeing and suggested that she join a self-help group with other leprosy-affected people living in her community.


The group, which has 17 members, were very supportive of Zorina and within a few months of joining she was able to take a small loan to set up a business selling clothes.


Her hard work paid off and she was able to repay the loan quickly. But despite her efforts Zorina was still only making just enough money to feed her children - sometimes she could only afford to give them one meal a day.


Recently she decided to take a second loan from her self-help group which she is using to grow the business and generate more income. She hopes that soon she will earn enough money to give her children three meals a day and send them to school.


Zorina has really enjoyed being part of the self-help group. Not only has it helped her financially, it has also helped her cope with the psychological impacts of being diagnosed with leprosy.


Get Involved

  • Youth Advocate Scholarship

    Youth Advocate Scholarship

    Each year, we choose a group of enthusiastic young people to become advocates for the vital work we do with leprosy-affected individuals and their families.
  • Running Events

    Running Events

    Join our team and take part in the Auckland Marathon 2017! Whatever your level of fitness there is something for you.
  • Join our running team

    Join our running team

    Become a member of the Leprosy Mission's Running 4 Rights team and help transform lives of people affected by leprosy!
  • Supporter Tour

    Supporter Tour

    Join the Leprosy Mission supporter tour, come and see for yourself how people are cured and lives are changed.
  • Volunteer with us

    Volunteer with us

    Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated at The Leprosy Mission.
  • Prayer Support

    Prayer Support

    The founder of the Leprosy Mission, Wellesley Bailey, spoke of the organisation as being 'born and cradled in prayer'. We believe this statement still holds true.
  • World Leprosy Day

    World Leprosy Day

    On the last Sunday of January, people all around the world celebrate World Leprosy Day.
  • Employment

    Employment

    As long as leprosy afflicts individuals and communities, we are committed to doing all we can to break its power and impact.