“I felt so ashamed I could not go back to school”

Without your help, leprosy will continue to destroy
children’s lives in Papua New Guinea.

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Leprosy is stealing away childhoods in PNG.

You’re just a child. You love writing. You love playing touch rugby. You long to go to school and be accepted by your friends.

But above all, you want to help your mum. You see her working her fingers to the bone but you can do nothing.

Because you have leprosy.

This is Heizen’s story and he lives in PNG.

And at age 12, leprosy is stealing away his childhood.



“My friends made fun of me and said, ‘You have leprosy.’ I felt so ashamed I could not go back to school and face them again.”

It’s heartbreaking to see how Heizen’s head hangs down in sorrow. How his eyes fill with tears. Because he feels like there’s nothing left to live for…

A completely curable and treatable disease has turned his whole world turned upside down.

Heizen wants to write again. He wants to play sport again. But most of all he just wants to help his mum.

Without a cure and ongoing care, Heizen’s hand will continue to claw. He’ll never be able to do even simple tasks… for himself or his hardworking mum.

But with your support, you stop leprosy from destroying Heizen’s life – a life that has barely begun.

With your gift, you help ensure children like Heizen receive the medicine and care they need to defeat this disease. You can stop leprosy from stealing childhoods!


Your gift will help:

  • Provide Multi-Drug Therapy to cure a child like Heizen with leprosy.
  • Train local health workers to find, treat and cure children with leprosy.
  • Provide leprosy care and treatment before it’s too late.
  • Help end leprosy transmission among children!

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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

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We accept Visa, Mastercard and Amex. If you are experiencing problems with your donation, you can call us TOLL FREE within Australia on 1800 537 767 or on +613 9890 0577 or email us at hello@leprosymission.org.au with your name and a convenient phone number and we will get in touch with you. 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 hello@leprosymission.org.au so we can provide you with your tax receipt.

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