ST. Catharine’s House – Jimma

ST. Catharine’s House – Jimma

The Jimma project aspires to see all leprosy infected and disabled people to be actively participating in social and developmental activities without prejudice, discrimination or exclusion. By improving the educational program they hope to see the development of productive, healthy and morally prosperous citizens. Generally, the Project works hand in hand with leprosy infected community members and others (governmental and nongovernmental organizations and donors) to improve the overall quality of life of the target groups (Leprosy infected and disabled people).

The centre provides the following services:

  1. Income generation – Giving the target group employment opportunities in the grain mill and cattle farm.
  2. Social integration through education: Leprosy infected people and their children have faced huge stigma and have been marginalized in the Jimma community. In response to this problem, the sisters opened a school for children with disabilities and leprosy. Because this school provides high quality education, other members of the society also want to send their children there, which has helped reduce the stigmatism faced by the target group.
  3. Housing: 58 houses have been built, along with a road, and electricity supply to tackle the problem of homelessness faced by the target group and their families.
  4. Awareness training on personal and environmental hygiene.
  5. Provision of basic needs (depending on resource availability): food, mattresses, blankets, clothing, soap etc.
  6. Provision of specialist equipment including wheelchairs.