Empowering disadvantaged communities in Jaffna
Working in leprosy affected communities in Jaffna, this project identifies people affected by leprosy, ensuring treatment is delivered and hospital referrals are arranged where necessary. Regular home visits are made by health workers, and villagers are trained in self care techniques to dress wounds and prevent further injury. Education assistance is provided for approximately 300 children, and vocational training will benefit a further 15 young people.
Funded from the innovations fund, this project supports the purchase of land and planting coconut trees and other quicker-yielding crops, plus raising livestock. The farm will employ people affected by leprosy, and will work to a 10 year business plan to generate income to support the leprosy activities of KKM (our partner organisation in Sri Lanka) in the long-term.
Mobilising communities for the reduction of leprosy prevalence and stigma
The aim of this project is to raise awareness of leprosy and reduce stigma associated with the disease across evangelical churches in Sri Lanka. Church leaders will be helped to create awareness on leprosy in their respective communities, and churches and partners will develop their capacity to engage in community development to raise the living standards of people affected by leprosy.