Letter from the
Chair of the Board
In 1892 the Watts family in Guelph, Ontario invited Wellesley Bailey, a young Irish missionary, to share his story with them. He described communities of men and women affected by leprosy, cast aside by their families and shunned by their community. His words: “if ever there was a Christ-like work in this world, it was to go among these poor sufferers and bring them the consolation of the Gospel.”
125 Years of
At the start, our work was palliative – kind and compassionate care for those who suffered the devastating effects of leprosy.
In the 19th century, families affected by leprosy gravitated to leprosy communities. Wellesley Bailey, the founder of The Mission to Lepers in 1892 writes of his first visit to a leprosy-affected community: “They were in all stages of the malady, very terrible to look upon, with a sad, woe-begone expression on their faces – a look of utter helplessness.” Leprosy robbed people of their hands, their feet and their eyesight. With no cure, and immense fear, men and women affected by leprosy had very few choices. The first missionaries, like Bailey, came to these men and women for two purposes: One, to care for them, giving them comfort and peace. Secondly, to offer the love of God and the hope of heaven.
The World Health Organization unveiled Multi-Drug Therapy, a cure for leprosy. For the first time in history leprosy could be cured! In the late 20th century our knowledge about leprosy and the way we approached treatment was transformed. Work intensified to help patients, their families and communities to understand that leprosy was not a life curse, but a disease. When cured, leprosy left no traces.
Today we continue to struggle to understand how leprosy is transmitted and why some people are at higher risk than others. In the first half of the 21st century we look forward to unravelling the last stubborn secrets of leprosy. As the research contributes to our medical knowledge, we know we can apply those learnings to Neglected Tropical Diseases that have many common characteristics to leprosy.
“The world thirsts for grace.
When grace descends, the world
falls silent before it.”
“…if ever there was a Christ-like work
in this world, it was to go among
these poor sufferers and bring them
the consolation of the Gospel.”
“By mobilizing partners and
strengthening local capacity to
diagnose, treat, and monitor
diseases… eliminating NTDs within
our lifetime is possible.”
Reaching the Vulnerable
Working together with generous and faithful Canadians to ensure that communities and people everywhere have access to a life free from curable diseases that isolate and impoverish.
effect:hope serves children and families in countries shackled by poverty. We reach people suffering with leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases like Buruli ulcer, lymphatic filariasis and intestinal parasites. Here is a snapshot of the impact your gifts had in 2016.
People screened for Leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases
People diagnosed with a Neglected Tropical Disease
People treated for a Neglected Tropical Disease
People referred for a Neglected Tropical Disease
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