Frequently Asked Questions
- Australia Post domestic parcel post - Sunday 13 December
- Australia Post domestic express post - Saturday 19 December
- USA, Canada, UK, Europe - Monday 16 November
- Most of Asia - Monday 23 November
- New Zealand - Friday 27 November
Orders are dispatched to Australia Post within 48 hours (excluding public holidays and weekends). You can find Australia Post delivery times on their website.
The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have an impact on Australia Post delivery times. You can find more information on the impact of COVID-19 on their website.
Gift of Love
When you buy a Gift of Love, you are making a tax-deductible donation to an actual Leprosy Mission project. The dollar value listed for each gift is an estimation of how much this part of the project costs. Your donation funds this part, along with other vital activities of that project. If the area of need becomes funded, your gift will go where it’s needed most.
Countries that benefit from your Gift of Love are projects that you support in Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, India, Nigeria and Nepal.
Just by purchasing through The Leprosy Mission Gift Catalogue you are already helping people affected by leprosy as proceeds of the sale of all the items of goods in the catalogue (once cost of goods and expenses have been paid for) go towards funding Leprosy Mission overseas projects.
As well as this, some products have been directly produced by people affected by leprosy therefore the cost of the goods has also been paid to these suppliers.
In the last financial year, we purchased $87,745 worth of handmade products from communities affected by leprosy, disability and/or poverty.
- 40% of the goods sold will directly go to the artisanal or group, to provide them with a dignified income, or will go to the product supplier.
- 37.2% goes to making an impact in our current projects
- 22.8% is to support our administrative costs
By purchasing a Safe Water Saves Lives product the proceeds of your purchase go directly to safe water (WASH – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) projects in the countries TLMA supports.
Buying a Gift of Love, or a general donation is the most cost-effective way of supporting people affected by leprosy through the gift catalogue.
Leprosy still exists. In fact, every two minutes, one person in the world is diagnosed. Some countries claim leprosy has been “eliminated” but this just means the number of cases reported and recorded by their government is under 1 case per every 10,000 people (0.01%). Elimination is not eradication.
This information also relies on cases being reported and recorded accurately. There is evidence to suggestion in India, for example, that there are “millions” of cases “missing” from the official statistics because these people have not been found or treated or recorded.
Yes. Leprosy is mildly contagious. But within 24 -48 hours of starting Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT) the patient is no longer infectious and cannot pass the disease on to others.
The Leprosy Mission often also conducts “contract tracing” activities to find the patient’s family members, friends, colleagues who may have been exposed to leprosy, testing them for leprosy and possibly providing then with an anti-leprosy medication (rifampicin) which may help prevent infection.
The Leprosy Mission Australia
The Leprosy Mission is a faith-based organisation, whose work and actions are underpinned by a biblical basis. As such, we seek to live out our Christian beliefs through our compassion and care; seeking to offer health, healing and spiritual wholeness to people with leprosy and disability irrespective of race, culture, gender, age, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, birth or other status.
While some Christian activities like pastoral care and counselling are provided as an integral part of being a faith based organisation, we agree to the guidelines set by the Australian government’s department for international development (DFAT — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) that their funds are not to be used for activities designed to convert people from one religious faith or denomination to another, or from one political persuasion to another and are not to be used to build up church, ecclesiastical or political structure.