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Munia's relatives tried to kill her...because she had leprosy

What if your family tried to burn you alive because you had leprosy?


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Heartsick after her relatives tried to kill her and drove her away, Munia had nowhere to go…

No disease should drive a family to burn one of their own alive.

But that’s what happened to Munia.

The first signs of leprosy appear when Munia is just a girl. Her feet are numb and cracked. Nobody can explain why. Instead of offering care and support, her family is afraid. They believe Munia is cursed. Her mother is the only one who loves and protects her.

Tragically, her mother dies. Her uncles and cousins try several times to kill her. Until…

They throw petrol over her and set her on fire.


Munia manages to put out the flames… then the other villagers drive her out from the community with knives, sticks and bits of bamboo.

The physical pain of such an atrocity is one thing. But imagine the heartache of being so rejected and despised… while still grieving over the death of your mother.

Now homeless and vulnerable, Munia wanders the streets. She’s frightened, grieving and alone. She sleeps at a train station, the only shelter she can find. Eventually, a kind man sees her and recognises the signs of leprosy and tells her to go to a Leprosy Mission Hospital.

Through Christ-centred hospital care, you’ll bring physical and emotional healing to those affected by leprosy like Munia.

At The Leprosy Mission hospital, Munia is welcomed with open arms. The nurses clean and bandage her ulcers. The staff talk and spend time with her because she has no one else.

She is given Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT) to treat her leprosy.

Munia is one of the fortunate ones. She could have lost her life in secret, without anyone knowing. She might not have managed to run away from her uncle … if she had not come to The Leprosy Mission, she could have developed septicaemia and died.

When you give today, you help people like Munia affected by leprosy to receive treatment and healing… you may even save lives!

Your gift will help provide Christ-centred care through The Leprosy Mission Hospitals in India.

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How your gift helps

Your gift will go towards:

Diagnosis and treatment. So you help provide Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT) to cure children and adults affected by leprosy … and help stop the spread of the disease in communities where leprosy is endemic.

Reconstructive surgeries. You can give children and adults affected by leprosy the use of their hands back… or help them walk again!

Self-care training. You help show people affected by leprosy how to care for their ulcers!

Livelihood training. You can give people affected by leprosy the chance to earn their own living and be independent.


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Donation Amount: $0.00 Questions Are donations $2 or more tax deductible? Yes! Can I donate under $10 online? Due to increased security measures donations under $10 are not available online. But please contact us via phone TOLL FREE on 1800 537 767 (1800 LEPROSY) or +61 3 97890 0577 and we can process your donation Can I donate from outside Australia? Due to increased security measures we can only accept donations from Australian and New Zealand credit cards online. Please contact us via phone TOLL FREE on 1800 537 767 (1800 LEPROSY) or +61 3 97890 0577 and we can process your donation.

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We accept Visa, Mastercard and Amex. However, due to increased security measures we currently cannot accept payments under $10, nor payments made from cards other than Australian and New Zealand credit cards online. If you would like to make a donation $9 or under please call us TOLL FREE within Australia on 1800 537 767 or if you would like to donate from outside Australia, please call us on +61 3 9890 0577 and we can process your donation over the phone. Thank you for your understanding.

Please note: All receipts are issued in English.

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Please note: Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.  Due to added security measures, donations below $10 can no longer be processed online. To make a gift $9 or less, please call us on 1800 LEPROSY (1800 537 767).  You can also choose to give via direct deposit into our bank account: The Leprosy Mission Australia Overseas Relief Fund account: BSB: 013225 No:297114729.
For donations from outside Australia, we recommend an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using SWIFT. Please use this SWIFT code: ANZBAU3M
If donating via direct deposit, please include your name as the “Reference” and notify us at [email protected] so we can provide you with your tax receipt.

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