A strategic step for powerful, long-lasting social change
With its experience of over 140 years of community development work, The Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLMTI) is well-equipped to promote partnerships for the development of individuals and communities marginalised due to leprosy and disability. TLMTI builds lasting relationships and provides opportunities for its partners to be partakers in bringing a powerful, long-lasting social change.
TLMTI implements TLM Global Fellowship’s largest programme, in India – the country with the highest global burden and new cases of leprosy. TLMTI raises more than 50% of its operations budget in-country through fees for service (mostly from general patients who have the ability to pay for hospital services) and fundraising (individual, church, corporate and institutional) to support its leprosy work. TLM Global Fellowship raises funds for leprosy care but international funding has decreased over the years. TLMTI is turning more to in-country funding to support the ongoing work among the poor and marginalised in India.
TLMTI’s programmes are diverse. Its interventions cover health, education, sustainable livelihoods, community empowerment, advocacy, research and training, and are operational in 10 states of India. The programme clientele is poor, underprivileged communities with people affected by leprosy and other NTDs (neglected tropical diseases), people with disabilities and other marginalised groups, particularly women. Its diverse and widespread programmes have the potential to meet funding priorities of various institutional and corporate funders.
Institutional fundraising (IFR) in TLMTI began in 2014 and capacity is being built across all levels in the organisation. Institutions include bilateral, multilateral agencies, trusts, embassies, and foundations. TLMTI develops around 30 proposals a year in response to various call for proposals, and at least 5% of these are successfully funded. It is partnering with a number of such funders, like Department for International Development (DfID), European Union (EU), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Google, etc. Australian High Commission, Delhi; Australian Consulate, Mumbai; and German Consulate, Mumbai have supported TLMTI’s programmes through small grants.
TLMTI recognises that the complex issues facing the poor in modern India can only be resolved when the state, civil society, individuals and corporates join hands and work.
Corporates companies (private and corporate companies and public sector undertakings) wish to play an active role in bringing changes in people’s lives. TLMTI shares their vision of social responsibility and sustainability to be an implementing arm for their commitments. They show interest in innovative projects with clear outcomes, and those that impact lives. TLMTI is a specialised NGO that works with a technical rigour in everything it undertakes, even in its partnerships, with the focus on the outcomes and impact.
TLMTI has partnered with corporates in the past in their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives by providing integrated solutions – consulting, planning and implementing. This enables sustainable and inclusive development and ensures the growth of the needy and marginalised communities in several states of India.
TLMTI has a strong monitoring, evaluation and reporting system in its programmes to ensure the right use of money and contribute to a right social return on investment. Also, it is transparent in its approach. Transparency is a dual responsibility for TLMTI – it is accountable to the donors and also to the communities it works with.
It does an ethical screening of the corporates before it embarks on partnerships to see a match in its values.
Healthcare: Reconstructive surgery
Nerve damage in leprosy causes deformities, such as clawed hands, foot drop and inability to close the eyelids. These deformities aggravate the already strong stigma associated with leprosy. It also robs people affected by the disease of their livelihood. TLMTI needs partners who can support it in performing reconstructive surgeries which will restore shape and function of deformed organs. The outcomes are tangible and impacts are visible.
Healthcare: Hospital equipment
People affected by leprosy are mostly from the lower strata of society. TLMTI provides them the best possible treatment. With the technological advancement, better equipments are available for various surgical procedures. TLMTI needs partners who can provide medical equipment for post-reconstructive surgery; physiotherapy; surgical instruments, medical surgical supplies and equipment; laboratory equipment; ophthalmic surgical instruments and ophthalmology supplies, etc.
TLMTI, through its Sustainable Livelihood programme, provides government-recognised job-oriented technical skills training to young boys and girls affected by leprosy/with disabilities. Some of the courses are: diesel mechanics, motor vehicle mechanics, computer operator and programming assistant (COPA). 85% of the students who pass out receive job placement through campus recruitment. TLMTI needs partners who can support it in conducting these courses.
Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, awarded the Google Impact Challenge: Disability, grant to TLMTI. With this support, TLMTI manufactures high-fidelity, customised, cost-competitive footwear for people affected by leprosy, using 3D scanning and CAD/CAM technologies.
Location: Bihar, Delhi, Maharashtra
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited supports TLMTI’s Sustainable Livelihood programme in TLMTI’s vocational training centre, in Nashik, Maharashtra.
Name: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
Location: Nashik, Maharashtra
HDFC Bank supports TLMTI’s Sustainable Livelihood programme through community-based vocational training.
Name: HDFC Bank Limited
Location: Champa, Chhattisgarh
RECL supports TLMTI in improving hospital infrastructure for providing better healthcare services to persons affected by leprosy and people from marginalised communities. This is done by supporting the construction of a maternity block, an operation theatre, a general ward and an intensive care unit in three TLMTI hospitals.
Name: Rural Electrification Corporation Limited
Location: Champa, Chhattisgarh; Vadathorasalur, Tamil Nadu; Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh
Are you a registered organisation?
Yes, TLMTI is registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and as a Charity (12A registration) under Income Tax Act, 1961. Also, TLMTI has registrations under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), Goods and Services Act (GST), etc.
Have you worked with corporate companies on CSR projects?
Yes, we have worked with corporates, both in public and private sectors.
Is TLMTI accredited by/empanelled with any agency?
TLMTI is accredited by GiveIndia, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs; empanelled with National CSR Hub at Tata Institute of Social Sciences; and recognised by Charities Aids Foundation.
What are the tax-benefits of donating to TLMTI?
Donations made to TLMTI are exempted under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
What are the various CSR initiatives that a corporate company can make use of by partnering with TLMTI?
As per the latest guidelines of Companies Act 2013, clause 135, corporates have been mandated to spend a minimum of 2% of their average net profit on CSR initiatives. Corporates can partner with us to channelise their funds according to their company’s CSR policy. The corporate can select one or more of our programmes (health, education, community empowerment, etc) across India, and we can work together to bring about a sustainable change. All TLMTI projects are regularly monitored and evaluated by us to ensure that the funds allotted to the programme are being used to their maximum potential.