Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul

DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY
OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT SERVICES

PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY OF THE LEPROSY COMMUNITY

Jimma, ETHIOPIA

Project Description

Ethiopia is one of the countries in Africa where leprosy is endemic. Every year up to 5,000 new cases report to health clinic and 9-14% become disabled because they delayed coming for treatment. Also known as Hansen’s disease, this is a curable condition; however because of the prejudice and the related stigma, persons affected by leprosy have been vulnerable to segregation and isolation. The goal of this project of the Daughters of Charity in Jimma is to improve the socio-economic status of disadvantaged victims and their families in a sustainable way through skills training and rehabilitation programs expansion into a multipurpose building. Currently, more than 3,500 adults and 500 students the community have benefited from the program that since 1992 has provided income generating programs, awareness education to the community, kindergarten and primary student education, feeding program, housing for the poor, medications and referrals for the sick, decreased stigma of leprosy, and community educational services. With the construction of this new multi-purpose building, growth of the program will include technical and computer training designed to provide sustainable means of income.

Project Summary

Funded Progress: 94%

$133,770.10

CountryETHIOPIA
Main CategoryEducation
Sub CategoryConstruction/Renovation
Project Funding$142,027.00
Project StatusIn-Process
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