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Community Projects

Manpati is a member of one of our self-help groups

Our community projects are focused on holistic care

We want people who engage with our projects to experience life in all its fullness. This means our projects aim to achieve full life transformation through supporting people with livelihoods, medical care, savings, mental health support, and the tools they need to achieve a full life.

Read more about our community projects in The Leprosy News, our quarterly magazine

Click to read The Leprosy News, Q1, 2022

Community Projects Listed

A lady who has benefited from the project smiles to camera
Establishing 700 Self-Help Groups across North Bangladesh

Over 15 years, TLM Bangladesh have established a network of 700 Self-Help Groups, which have now become autonomous Disabled Peoples' Organisations.

Self-help group members in Bangladesh meet together, sat in a group in plastic chairs
Facilitating for Rights, Entitlements and Empowerment (FREE)

The FREE project aims to improve living conditions for persons affected by leprosy through increasing access to government entitlements and services.

Livelihoods and advocacy at Chanchaga Leprosy Community

The project helped the community to find their own voice, access funding, and organise around a sustainable livelihood project that has given new life to the community.

A gathering of women in brightly colored saris
Women for Health Advocacy Livelihoods & Empowerment (WHALE)

WHALE seeks to reduce the discrimination and gender inequality women with and without leprosy face in Muzaffarpur, India, getting them involved in their community and empowering them to self-advocate.

Nagammal smiles from her wheelchair in one of our hospitals
Inclusive Empowerment India

This project supports people affected by leprosy to manage their disability, to find their own voice within local and district decision making, and to provide for their own families through sustainable livelihood programmes.

Food distribution in DR Congo during the Covid-19 pandemic
We are able!

Working towards Zero Discrimination, We are able! works to bring access to resources for food security where there has been a protracted crisis.

Reducing Leprosy and Increasing Inclusion Programme

This programme works to ensure that people affected by leprosy and/or disability are able to access information, help and support to which they are entitled.

Mozambique Mission Zero (Starts October 2021)

This new project will improve leprosy knowledge and skills in areas of high transmission, increase early detection of the disease, and ensure that local communities have the skills and confidence to solve their ongoing health and environmental challenges in a way that is relevant to their own local context.

Inclusion First

Inclusion First works in Nigeria to build the resilience of people and their families with leprosy-related disabilities so that they can fully participate in all aspects of life.

Rajo with a cow she bought with a grant from the NUPIP Project
North West Bangladesh Ultra Poverty Initiative Project (NUPIP)

NUPIP helps the ‘ultra’ poor affected by leprosy to look after their own health and find sustainable ways of making a living, whilst tackling stigma.

woman sat on a hospital bed, smiling at the camera. He right arm is in plaster of paris
Heal Nepal

Heal Nepal works through local communities to provide cutting-edge treatments and care to end suffering and disability caused by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis.

Young people in Nepal stand outside their home
Fuelling Opportunities to end Unemployment for Nepalis with Disabilities

This project works in rural areas of Nepal to assist young people in finding work.