Trip to Nigeria September 2015
The trustees visit to the Abeokuta Leprosy settlement, met with people affected by leprosy to hear their views of life in general.
- Expressed appreciation for the current structural work of the repairing the roofs of a derelict building. As you can see from the pictures before and on-going work.
- discussed their Empowerment programme, they asked for fund to support small traders so they can have livelihood
- Gave out cloths and shoes donated by the charity supporters in UK.
- Picture of the poultry this charity built in 2014 which they take pride in caring for.
- One of the people affected by leprosy plead for his son’s educational sponsor in higher institution.
The trustees trip to the Oji River’s Leprosy settlement,
- the poultry was newly built following the success of the Abeokuta project. The layer are growing and they appreciate the support we provide.
- Sowing machine donated in the UK was given to an 18yrs old girl to support her integrating back into the community and start her own small business. The charity agreed to pay a year’s shop rent so she can fend for herself.
- Visit the primary school in the colony, 50% of the children come from family with leprosy.
CHARITY LAUNCH ON THE 25th SEPTEMBER 2015
The Leprosy Charity was formally launched in Lagos, see press release for details.
UP COMING PROJECTS INCLUDES
- On-going roofing work
- Building some wash rooms in both colonies.
- Building a workshop in Abeokuta outside the colony.
- Funding of small businesses / trading.
The Nigerian Charity is being launch in Lagos on 25 September 2015 and a number of UK Charity Trustees will be attending.
Travelling out to visit the colonies for an update on the chicken project and start planning on the next project, which will be the roofing.
We were able to give gifts
The Oji River Leprosy Colony stood at a capacity of 300+ patients at the time of our in January 2014, however on the most recent visit June 2014 we discovered that nine new patients had been admitted. Of the new leprosy sufferers two were elderly ladies whose families had abandoned at the colony in order to avoid both the burden of caring for them and the social stigma still attached to leprosy in Nigeria.
Donated and purchased clothing and medical resources were received with incredible gratitude at the Oji River colony as well as at the Abeokuta leper colony. Thanks to all for your donations, we had the pleasure of distributing gifts ranging from clothes, shoes to reading books.
On previous January 2014 visit to the Oji River colony it became apparent that the patients were in desperate need of toilet facilities as their pit toilets were blocked. On the latest trip in June 2014, we had the pleasure to begin work on new WC toilets. Many thanks to all whose donations have made the patients’ wish a reality. We are pleased to report that the work is now completed and the toilets are currently being enjoyed by the patients.
The leprosy sufferers’ children are able to attend school set up British missionaries in the Oji River colony itself.
Iberekodo Leper Colony Abeokuta Ogun State Nigeria January – February 2014 chicken poultry project.
The above chicken project is as a result of the trusteees meeting in May 2013 with those affected with leprosy in Abeokuta. There were a number of projects put forward by members but majority of them voted for the chichen project. It’s their idea, their project but the charity support them financially.
Some of the members have volunteed to take turn in looking after the chicken and to be coordinated by the project manager. The excitting aspect of the project is that it is going to be a source of income for them.
All the trustees of Leprosy Outreach will like to express our gratitude to all our donors for your continuous support. Your contribution goes a long way in realising these goals and we hold you very dearly for donating to make this happen.
Margerate flew out to Nigeria last weekend and is activly preparing the farm for the patients. She has now been out for a week and we are praying for her and looking forward to see some pictures which will be posted as soon as they arrive.
visit our site at http://www.leprosy-outreach.org/
We were able to orgainise a sponsored walk in November to raise funds and awareness.
Dartmoor forest in the South West of England is cold and bleak. So planning a 30 mile hike at the end of autumn was a challenge. With 4 walkers and a ground crew we were able to meet the challenge. God blessed us with fine weather and with our kit on our backs we set off as the sun came up.
A day of walking in the sunshine which soon left us as evening arrived with still 4 miles to walk and no path to follow. We put tents up under a clear, star studded sky and settled down for a nights sleep.
Day two was overcast but not cold as we expected so, although tierd, we continued on over hill and valley.
What great weekend 500 mile round trip with 30 on foot.
This has been a busy week. We now have a website, online donation and a blog.
GOD is good