A Year in Review
Where there are Neglected Tropical Diseases, there is immense need. Yet the people most affected have dreams like everyone else – they just need someone to believe in them and take the necessary risks to make it happen. At effect:hope, we’re striving to find the most effective tools to empower healing and restoration in four key areas of service.
CURE & CARE
Our mission is to care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit. In areas where health care is not readily available, we equip communities with the tools needed to detect and treat Neglected Tropical Diseases.
INDONESIA: In rural Indonesia, it is nearly impossible to access health care. People with leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases are vulnerable to a lifetime of disability without the care they need today.
effect:hope supports mobile health clinics with the education and tools required to break down barriers faced by those with disability-causing diseases.
BREAKING THE CHAIN OF TRANSMISSION
To eliminate leprosy completely, we must learn how the disease is transmitted from one person to the next. Our focus for 2015 was to bring together some of the top researchers in this field.
PHILADELPHIA: effect:hope launched the R2STOP research initiative. We invited proposals from all sectors of the research community, to contribute to a global research strategy focused on controlling and ultimately eradicating leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases.
GIVING A VOICE TO THE STIGMATIZED
People with Neglected Tropical Diseases are strong, courageous and ready to rebuild their lives – but the stigma that follows this disease silences their battle cries for change. effect:hope is advocating to ensure these men, women and children are heard and are supported by welcoming inclusive communities.
GERMANY: effect:hope was part of the Canadian team to bring Neglected Tropical Diseases, including leprosy, to the forefront at the 41st G7 Summit. In response, the G7 committed to increase focus and investment on understanding and combating these diseases.
STRONGER HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
Receiving a diagnosis of a Neglected Tropical Disease is often terrifying. Many people don’t know what their personal future will be – let alone the future for their family. effect:hope is working to help strengthen local health care systems so that health care is available for all people.
LIBERIA: After Ebola devastated this country, the health care system was overwhelmed – much of the progress we’d made in establishing care for those with Buruli ulcer and Neglected Tropical Diseases was lost and is now being rebuilt.
In the past year, we’ve conducted a thorough assessment of the impact Ebola had on communities and people at risk for disabilities from leprosy and other disability-causing diseases. Our task now is to build a plan to bring together health care workers who can help care for the most vulnerable children, women and men.
“WE ARE TREATING A PERSON, NOT A DISEASE. THAT IS THE TRUE MEANING OF REHABILITATION.”
DR. PAUL BRAND
No Community Too Far:
A Focus on Liberia
This past year has been critical for effect:hope. So much work has been done in laying the foundation necessary to fulfill our promises of hope for the children, women and men with leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases.
While we bring healing and hope to 12 countries around the world, Liberia has been a focus country in 2015.
“CHARITY, TO BE FRUITFUL, MUST COST US… TO LOVE, IT IS NECESSARY TO GIVE: TO GIVE, IT IS NECESSARY TO BE FREE FROM SELFISHNESS.”
A Solid Foundation for a Hopeful Future
Huddled in the corner of the room, Anara hugged her children close. There was little she could do about the rains and wind that swept through their home. She wasn’t sure what intrusions bothered her most – the winds, the rain, the snakes or the dogs.
“TRULY I TELL YOU, WHATEVER YOU DID FOR ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF MINE, YOU DID FOR ME.”
Dancing for a Cure
Esmail Hatami grew up watching his father care for the sick and disabled. They lived near a leprosy colony in Kurdistan, Iran. Esmail’s father was a healer and would spend his days tirelessly helping children, women and men suffering the effects of leprosy.
Carol Morris – Chair of the Board
I’m so excited about the foundations laid during 2015. The advances made by effect:hope are gaining international recognition for their innovative approach to diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating people with leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases.
David Weind – Vice-Chair
Once you’ve seen leprosy up close, you never forget that kind of suffering. This disease robs people of their ability to walk and manage day-to-day tasks – but more than that, it robs them of their dignity, self-worth and respect among their peers. These effects are much harder to heal… but we have the power today to bring hope and healing.
With Deepest Gratitude
Generous Canadians provide nearly 90% of our support through their compassionate financial gifts and unconditional offers of volunteer time – these men and women are steadfastly loyal to those we serve. To these supporters we extend our heartfelt thanks and deep gratitude.
While we celebrate the achievements of effect:hope, we humbly remember: “the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow…” (Ecc 4:16)
Fighting against leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases requires equally dedicated partners to walk with us. We are delighted to recognize the many foundations, institutions and companies that are fighting at our side.
Some of these organizations have even rallied their own staff to support our work.
Throughout this report, you’ll find many examples of the work made possible by a global community. Working together, we can see how ideas are transformed into reality and seemingly insurmountable barriers are broken.
Thank you for standing with us. We welcome your prayers and gifts as encouragement to continue working against leprosy and other debilitating diseases. We continue to seek out like-minded people and organizations who will help us to learn, innovate and grow.
We are stronger together.
Our work around the world is made possible only through the support of generous Canadians. Get a detailed look at where that support is used, and who it impacts.
Integrity is core to our values as an organization. We are proud to have our stewardship audited and verified by an independent auditor. The full audited statements are available for your review.
Your Dollars In Action
effect:hope works collaboratively with 11 partners around the world to make lasting, systemic changes that will benefit lives for generations to come, while offering compassionate care to those who need immediate support because of the effects of leprosy and other neglected diseases.
What is effect:hope?
effect:hope, formerly The Leprosy Mission Canada, is a Christian international development organization focused on growing healthy, inclusive communities. With partners in 12 developing countries, effect:hope builds stronger healthcare systems and champions new research initiatives that will make positive, lasting changes in the lives of millions facing stigma and impoverishment due to leprosy and other diseases of poverty.
At effect:hope, our Christian faith is the cornerstone of our work. The love of Christ teaches us to hope and to be agents of hope. Our core values have grown from that understanding and govern all that we do.
Mrs Carol Morris, Chair (Toronto)
Mr David Weind, Vice-Chair (Toronto)
Mr Peter Hogg, Secretary/Treasurer (Toronto)
*Mr David Bestvater (Toronto)
Rev Andrea Cambridge (Toronto)
*Mr Ravi Chandran (Toronto)
Mr John Humphreys (Toronto)
Mr Winston Miller (Stouffville)
Dr David Williams (Stouffville)
* Audit Committee
The Bank of Nova Scotia
The Royal Bank of Canada
Miller Thompson LLP
Grant Thornton LLP (Chartered Accountants)
1990 Dr Donald A Gibson
1994 Rev H Douglas Graham
1994 Mrs Margaret Graham
1998 Mrs Margaret Brown
1998 Dr John Clement
1998 Mr David C Greenwood
2004 Mr David Ogilvie
2004 Mrs Nena Ogilvie
2004 Ms Kathleen J Scott
2006 Mrs Sharol Josephson
2006 Mr Robert C Screen
2009 Mrs Mini Woltjer
2009 Mr Herman Woltjer