Project #195 | Holistic Care for Women with Disabilities in Sierra Leone
Our partnership with Accessible Hope International
Women with disabilities in Sierra Leone are among the highest group of individuals who are victim to being marginalized and ostracized from their communities. This is a direct result of the pervasive beliefs and attitudes that exist about disability in Sierra Leone and neighboring countries. This places these women at high risk for extreme poverty, relational isolation, gender-based violence and abuse, and poor health.
One Day’s Wages partnered with Accessible Hope International to provide wholistic health and development education to women living with a form of disability in Sierra Leone. This was done through a variety of programming focused on helping women understand their inherent value, repair and restore broken relationships, change fundamental health and hygiene practices, learn basic business skills, and overall empowered these women. The signature programming offered through our partnership named the Transformation Training, provided 76 women living with disabilities enrollment in a 15-week course. This course assisted women with evaluating their current thoughts and attitudes and make conscious and subtle shifts in their thinking resulting in a productive change in their behaviors.
Our collective impact
Women Empowered via Transformation Training
Family Members Indirectly Impacted
Isha, who is blind, shared her feelings with the staff of Accessible Hope after completing a lesson on first aid which was provided in their Transformation Training curriculum.
“I am thankful that Women of Hope does not pick and choose about who can attend these classes, but allows women with any type of disability to take part. I may not be able to see, but I have very attentive ears. This week I was able to direct a group of young boys in how to care for one of their friends who broke his foot. I instructed the leader of the group of friends on how to immobilize the foot using a splint. After that was done, I told them to take him to the hospital to have medical professionals treat it. Later, when the boy with the broken foot came back from the hospital, his parents sought me out to thank me for helping their son. I am glad I have this knowledge and can help in my community.”
Isha now not only views herself as the light she is, but has been empowered to assist her community as a health advocate and receiving the much deserved gratitude for her impact.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our gender based violence fund.