Frequently Asked Questions
About The Leprosy Mission Canada (TLMC)
Q. What is TLMC's mission statement?
The Leprosy Mission Canada's mission statement is "Ministering in the name of Jesus Christ to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of leprosy sufferers around the world."
Q. Is TLMC a registered charity?
Yes, we are. Our charitable registration number is 11924 1990 RR0001.
We have been working in Canada since 1892, and internationally since 1876.
The Leprosy Mission Canada is a member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. Visit the CCCC website for more information about the standards that TLM Canada adheres to.
Q. Do I get a receipt for my donation?
Yes, we issue tax receipts for all tax-creditable donations from individuals. For single gifts, the normal procedure is to issue receipts as soon as possible after a donation is received. For monthly gifts, we issue annual receipts at the beginning of February for all donations in the previous year.
For more information about donation receipts for income tax purposes and how to be an informed donor, please go to www.cra.gc.ca/donors.
Q. What denomination is TLMC?
TLMC is not tied to any one Christian denomination. We have people from all parts of the Christian family working for the Mission. We minister in the name of Jesus Christ to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of leprosy sufferers around the world, no matter what their religion.
Q. Where does TLM work?
The Leprosy Mission Canada supports work for people with leprosy in Africa, India and South-east Asia. The money you give is normally spent in the service of those with leprosy by our own colleagues who work in the front line of care. Go to the Our Work menu of this site to learn more about our work.
Q. Does TLM speak in churches and for groups?
Yes, we do. We have staff members who speak at churches when they are able. Please call us at 1-888-537-7679 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a speaker for your church or group.
Q. What is TLM Canada’s toll free number?
Q. Is there any leprosy in Canada?
Yes, according to medical experts there are 7 to 10 new cases diagnosed each year in Canada. In total, there are approximately 300 people living in Canada who have had leprosy, been treated and are now living with the long term effects of this disease. Leprosy in Canada is not a public health concern and those diagnosed with leprosy are treated by the tropical disease units of major urban hospitals, primarily in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
Q. Can leprosy be cured?
In 1982, the cure for leprosy was introduced. It is called MDT (Multi Drug Therapy) and is very effective. Our goal is to find leprosy early and cure it before it starts to do its awful damage. If leprosy goes untreated it will destroy the nerves in the hands, feet, and other extremities, which leads to deformities and disabilities such as the loss of use of fingers, feet and other parts of the body. Once treated, patients with leprosy quickly become non-infectious. For more information, follow this link: The Cure.
For more information about leprosy, go to our leprosy FAQ page.
Q. I’m concerned about the amount of mail I get…and about the cost.
The reason we mail letters so regularly is that it is still our most positive and cost-effective way of raising support for people with leprosy.
Q. What is the breakdown of costs?
The cost to bring the cure and necessary after treatment care, is about $396 a year, or $33 a month.
Based on the figures shown in our 2012 Annual Report, The Leprosy Mission Canada's fundraising costs fell in the "Generally Acceptable" range as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The Promotions costs are 23.6% of all revenue that is raised directly due to money spent on fundraising.
Please read our annual report for more information.
Q. What is included in the $396?
The $396 includes the costs associated with finding and identifying individuals with leprosy, testing and diagnosing the specific type of leprosy, providing the correct medical treatment including any additional medication required, distributing the medication and checking on patients every month, treating any reactions to the medication or additional symptoms of the disease and follow-up with patients for 2-3 years after treatment is completed. In addition, this cost includes necessary surgery to correct deformities, rehabilitation, vocational training and socio-economic aid for the patient in re-entering their community.
The cost of the actual Multi Drug Therapy medicine is covered by the generous financial support of the Novartis Foundation.
Q. I want my donation to go to the child I saw on TV.
Thankfully, the children on our TV spots have already been cured – because of a generous person like you. If you would like to make a donation especially for children with leprosy, we will be happy do that. If so, when you mail in your donation, please write a note saying that you want to support children specifically.
Q. Can I sponsor a child?
No, we are not a sponsorship organization. Thanks to the fact that a cure for leprosy was developed over 20 years ago, we can spend as little as 6 months to 2 years to cure with a person who has leprosy, not the decade or two that a sponsorship organization spends with a child.
However, if you sign up for an ongoing monthly pledge to cure someone from leprosy, we will send you pictures and stories of people who have been helped by the generosity of Canadians like you. Our website features some stories as well. Follow this link for some stories of children and adults who have already been cured: Life with Leprosy.
Q. Can I make my gift in memory of someone/for a special cause/country?
Yes, please make a note of it when you mail in your donation. If you would like us to send an acknowledgment card to the family if you are donating in memory of someone, please include their name and address.
If you are donating online, you can specify the area where you want your donation to go on our donation page.
Q. What options do I have for method of payment?
You may give by:
- pre-authorized giving from your bank account (monthly withdrawals on the 1st or the 15th of the month, and you will need to send us a void cheque)
- credit card (one-time gifts any time or monthly automatic charges on 1st or the 15th of the month)
- cheque or money order (please do not send cash through the mail)
Giving by monthly withdrawals is the most cost effective method of donating, as it allows us to minimize our administration costs. This means more of the funds raised can be used to help people affected by leprosy.
We also offer an online giving option through our website. Visit our donation page to donate now.
Catalogue and Stamps
Q. Catalogue – Who made the products?
All of the products were made by people affected by leprosy or those with similar disabilities who lost so much in their lives but can now earn their own living making and selling crafts.
Q. Stamps – How are they used to raise money?
TLMC sells 25-pound bags of stamps to stamp dealers, and we also sell stamp collections at auction sales. If you are going to send stamps to us, please make sure they are trimmed from the envelopes with about ¼ inch of paper surrounding the stamp. More information about stamps can be found here.