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Kigali Declaration

The Kigali Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases is a global health project that aims to mobilize resources for the control and eradication of infectious diseases like Leprosy. On June 23rd, 2022, the Government of Canada signed the Kigali Declaration. Canada is committed to the world's most vulnerable people - the 1.7 billion people affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases. On June 1st, 2023, the Director of the Control of NTDs at WHO, Dr Ibrahima Socé Fall, will be in Canada to celebrate the global progress made to end NTDs and to remember Canada's endorsement of the Kigali Declaration.

Great Canadian Giving Challenge

From June 1st - 30th, every 1$ donated to Leprosy Relief Canada through CanadaHelps gives us 1 chance to win $20,000 for our work to help individuals affected by leprosy. Every dollar donated online in June is also an entry for a chance to win the big prize. You can participate in the Challenge - Click on the logo below. Feel good knowing the impact your donation made and wait to see if your gift is the winning donation when the grand prize winner is drawn on July 4th, 2023.

Honoring Saint Damien

Bishop Larry Silva of the Diocese of Honolulu, blessed a bronze statue entitled Father Damien, created by sculptor Dale Zarella in honor of Saint Damien, the Belgian priest who volunteered to care for patients exiled to Molokaʻi. The blessing came as part of the St. Damien’s Feast Day celebration at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wailuku on Wednesday, May 10 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Father Damien's arrival in Kalaupapa. Saint Damien of Molokaʻi offered his life in service of those suffering from leprosy.

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