Breaking Barriers

We face a tradition of fear. Young children see the horrible disability of women and men with leprosy and shrink in repulsion. They will do everything possible to avoid diagnosis because the stigma is so great. View Projects

Their stories...

Murugan's Story: Murugan stood beside a thick branch on the outskirts of his village, a rope held loosely in his gnarled, misshapen hands. Tears blurred his vision. The noose was placed around his neck. Read more
Indrakhala's Story: Indrakhala, like any of us, longs for happiness. She longs for freedom from the grip of leprosy that enslaves her. She longs for a family who would once again accept her. She longs for love. Read more
Kamla's Story: Kamla has done nothing wrong. She is a hard-working wife and mother. But since she contracted leprosy, her friends and family can’t see past her disease. Read more
Shefali's Story: "My husband was furious. He forced me to move into a separate room with my children. For days on end he refused to give me any food. No one in my village would speak to me." Read more

What is Leprosy?

Every two minutes of every day, a man, woman or child in the developing world learns that he or she has leprosy: the oldest and cruelest disease known to humankind. That’s over half a million new cases of leprosy every year. Today, leprosy can be cured. Yet more than medicines, those with complex cases may require therapy, rehabilitation, vocational training, housing options and much more. For thousands of years, leprosy has been a source of fear and outrage. Yet we have an opportunity today to give people affected with this disease hope for the future. Find out more

Donate Today:

Could you join with us in making a genuine end to Leprosy a reality? It is our vision that no man, woman or child should have to suffer with the isolation, terror and agony that Leprosy so often brings to those it affects, and their families. If you would like to be part of these exciting times, please consider donating to our work. We are incredibly grateful for any amount, whatever amount.  


  • People Cured - 16 M
  • Focus Countries - 16
  • population immune - 95%
  • Disabled by Leprosy - 3 M

Change a Life…

If you would like to be part of a passionate, international movement to bring hope and freedom to thousands, please consider donating to our work. We are incredibly grateful for any amount, whatever amount:

Did You Know every


someone hears these words:

“You have leprosy.”

Be a part of life-transforming research that will eliminate leprosy FOREVER. …more