Working from their office in Apeldoorn, TLM Netherlands’ ten staff members, ten volunteers, and seven Board members support TLM’s global work with funds, prayer, and the provision of qualified staff to serve overseas. Over the years, a long and very credible series of Dutch cross-cultural workers have played key roles with TLM in many countries.
TLM Netherlands’ Vision
TLM Netherland’s vision is to see leprosy and rehabilitation services strengthened and to enable transformation in the lives of people affected by leprosy in India, Bangladesh, DR Congo, Myanmar, Nepal, and Chad. In order to make that possible, TLM Netherlands seeks support from individual donors, churches, and trust funds and organises events to get people involved with the vision and mission of TLM. TLM Netherlands’ country leader is Henno Couprie.
TLM Netherlands’ Projects
The Netherlands houses a remarkable number of world-leading leprosy researchers and experts, and a multi-year scientific collaboration between Erasmus University (in Rotterdam) and TLM Bangladesh yielded one of the most important recent findings in leprosy regarding the effectiveness of the drug rifampicin against leprosy. A few of TLM Netherlands’ current projects include supporting self-help groups in Nepal, encouraging students with leprosy to seek education in India, and the Dana Project in Myanmar which provides guidance to disabled people working in agriculture with an emphasis on women. TLM Netherlands also participates in World Leprosy Day each year by drawing attention to the people that suffer from leprosy through powerpoints, videos, sermons, and prayers.