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Youth Advocate Scholarship

*Applications for the 2025 Youth Advocate Scholarship are open now!

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.

Youth Advocate Scholarship


The eight 2020 Youth Advocates from all over New Zealand raised funds to pay for a water pipe and pump which has provided access to a quality, clean, reliable, water supply for Anandaban Hospital. They reached their target of $25,000. Water is a fundamental human need. It is essential for drinking, cooking and keeping yourself clean. Polluted water can be deadly, causing sickness and disease. A poor water supply may also dry up in the hot season, causing water shortages, and in monsoon season it becomes even more contaminated with mud and water runoff. 


The new pipe will goes down 157 meters into the ground and a pumps clean water up the pipe to Anandaban Hospital. This is life changing for the patients who are treated at Anandaban Hospital.


A mission trip to Nepal in early 2025 – will you join us?


The Leprosy Mission New Zealand's Youth Advocate Scholarships enable students with a passion for overseas missions to experience our work, learn about the causes and consequences of leprosy, share time with people affected by leprosy and raise awareness and funding for Leprosy Mission projects.


During the trip, you will meet with those affected by leprosy, visit community self-help groups, complete a two-night trek in Nepal, and possibly even watch a reconstructive surgery take place (actually in the theatre!).


Over the past 10 years our Youth Advocates have provided funding for vehicles, electricity generators, water pipes and pumps, equipment for the prosthetics department, x-ray machines and medical equipment at Anandaban Hospital which treats leprosy patients.   


This is a life-changing opportunity that will shift your perspective on what is truly important, whilst you make some amazing friends along the way.


Past Youth Advocates had this to say…

"Amazing trip that has included so much in a short time"

"The complete environment - place, people, experiences have all been perfect"

"I feel like the group was hand-picked by God"


Don’t take our word for it – get in touch and we can connect you with a past youth advocate!


You now have an opportunity to be there and get involved.



Apply Now



Get in touch to say, “YES – I Am Interested'' and to have any questions answered by us at youthadvocates@leprosymission.org.nz

Youth Advocate Scholarship

  • Highlights from past Youth Advocates

    Highlights from past Youth Advocates

    Please enjoy watching this short video of some powerful reflections from some of our past Youth Advocates.
  • What to expect

    What to expect

    Immerse yourself in the local culture, share the life stories of people affected by leprosy and Leprosy Mission staff.
  • Application Criteria

    Application Criteria

    If you are a tertiary student and have a heart for mission, this is an amazing opportunity for you!
  • Youth Advocate Scholarship FAQs

    Scholarship FAQs

    Hope you will find this helpful, if you have any more questions please feel free to contact us.