Project #195 | Holistic Care for Women with Disabilities in Sierra Leone

Our partnership with Accessible Hope International

One Day’s Wages partnership with Accessible Hope International provided holistic health and development education to women living with disabilities in Sierra Leone. This is done through a variety of programming options focused on helping women understand their inherent value, repair and restore broken relationships, change fundamental health and hygiene practices, learn basic business skills, and much more. The signature program available to women in Sierra Leone is Transformation Training, a 15-week course helping women evaluate their current thoughts and attitudes and make subtle shifts in their thinking which results in changed behaviors.

Transformation Training starts by assuring participating women of their inherent worth as valuable human beings made in the image of God and that they have purpose and gifts to contribute to their communities. This begins to change the narrative, and the rest of the training builds into that knowledge of value. The training addresses issues pertaining to physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social and economic health and well-being, allowing women to learn things they’ve never had the opportunity to encounter. Weekly lessons on hygiene, health promotion and disease prevention, marriage and child-training, small business skills, conflict resolution, and the value of women begin to challenge the narrative that the women have heard, giving them a vision for a better life – and hope. At the conclusion of the 15-week course, the women are celebrated with a graduation ceremony with family and friends, often the first celebration most of them have ever had for their own accomplishments. The graduating women are empowered to stand up for themselves and their children in big and small ways, taking their rightful place as contributing members of their community. After completing a Transformation Training class, many women find a place of belonging and acceptance with one another and continue to stay connected through other Women of Hope Sierra Leone programs.

Our collective impact

Bio-Latrine Built

Water Point Built

People Impacted

Meet Chizi Chimbio

Chizi Chimbio is a mother of young children living in the Guu Ngombe village. Having relied on farming for a living without much success, she has greatly benefitted from the project as the new proximity of these facilities mean that she no longer has to travel long distances to fetch water for her family. Not only is Chizi now able to care for her children without having to travel upwards of two hours per day to fetch water, but she also now has ready access to sanitary facilities and toilets. Chizi is beginning to plant vegetables using the water from the newly-installed well and will try to sell any excess to help fund her children’s education. When asked, Chizi stated that she “thanks Haller for their dam, which has saved us from the long distances of 16 kilometers to and from [our source of] water. Our members and other villagers around have benefited a lot compared to weeks ago when all the water ran dry!” 

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 clean water fund.

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