Report Ipafu Epilepsy Project

By | 25 July 2019

IPAFU MISION RURAL HEALTH CENTRE- CHINGOLA

Integrated Epilepsy Project

Do good and let it be known by God alone (St. Alfonso Maria Fusco- Founding Father).

TABLE OF CONTENT

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS……………………………………………………… 3

MESSAGE TO OUR COOPERATING PARTNER…………………………… 4

FAREWELL TO MRS. NEL COUMANS…………………………………………………………………………. 5

REACHING OUT TO THE NEEDY…………………………………………………………………………………. 6

SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES………………………………………………………………………………. 8

BREAKING NEWS……………………………………………………………………. 11

FINANCIAL REPORT………………………………………………………………

CONCLUSION……………………………………………………………………

JANUARY – JUNE 2019 REPORT

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

To say that the implementation of the project was solely made possible by the efforts of an individual overemphasizes the matter. Without the significant and selfless contributions of competent people, the project cannot come to fruition.

It is against this background that I’m profoundly grateful to Jonathan Foundation for the exceptional support that has continued to be rendered to the Project. Thank you so much for your continued interest in ensuring that the quality of life for the most marginalised people in our community is given the deserved attention.

I’m incredibly indebted to the Members of Staff whose zeal and professional conduct cannot go unnoticed. Their sincere efforts are a blessing to the success of the project.

I’m deeply grateful to all the Volunteers for believing and supporting our efforts for an acceptable standard of living for our clients. I acknowledge their selfless giving and availability that ensured that the clients received moral support and for their presence to them especially when as members of staff we could not always be there.

Finally, I give a loud shout of acclaim to the Almighty God the Chief Shepherd of our Souls for the uncompromised love he has bestowed upon us thus far. To him be glory now and forever more.

MESSAGE TO OUR COOPERATING PARTNER.

I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Jonathan Foundation our principle funder for choosing to cooperate with our Centre in our endeavour to foster the love of Christ to the sick, the poor and incapacitated, who have a special claim on our love simply because they need it the most.

I want to bring to light that this is now the second time that your Foundation is engaging itself with us of which theIntegrated Epilepsy Project was adopted in 2016 to run up until 2018 that is to say, for the duration of two years. The main objective was to ensure that about 100 individuals living with Epilepsy lived in an acceptable family context, supported by the Community and enjoying a better standard of living. I must state that greater effort was implored in order to make this objective a reality which saw quite a good number of people enrolled and are still being enrolled. In our second project phase, the focus will be on the three main objectives which include;

  1. Community awareness of the Epileptic basic components
  2. Creation of a Stigma Free Community
  3. Enabling Clients/families to be self sufficient

I’m glad to report that you approved our project proposal and to this effect, a total sum of money amounting to $13,735.00 was disbursed to our account in May 2019. We will ensure you that the funds are utilised according to what is stipulated in our strategic plan. As we implemented the first project cooperatively, I’m hopeful that we will take the same direction and ensure that the project principally benefits the intended clients thereby significantly contributing to the attainment of the desired goals.

I’m happy to report that during the period under review we managed to implement a few activities with the available funds. Due to late disbursement of funds and some other technicalities, we were hindered to implement the activities in time.

However, we will remain indebted to the entire team and we only wish you God’s abundant blessings and may He reward the generosity you have continued to show.

TRIBUTE TO MRS. NEL COUMANS

We learnt about the demise of the late Mrs. Nel Coumans, the Founding member of the Foundation with deep sorrow and despite the distance, we remained united with the rest of you in prayers, committing her soul to the Lord. This is our message to her;

From the stories shared we can assume that you dedicated your life to the service of others and we have zero doubt that you died an empty woman as you passionately gave the world all that was richly deposited in you by our Almighty God. Life on Earth is a pilgrimage. You completed your pilgrimage, now you see clearly and with wonder the richness of your being which we, still living see dimly as it were under the veil. We believe that you have gone to a better place and you are enjoying God’s Countenance, whom you longed for during your life here on Earth. Scripture teaches us that ‘Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain but if it dies it yields a rich harvest ‘. John 12: 24.

May God reward you with an abundance of life and bestow upon you the crown of glory reserved for all who do His holy will.

FAREWELL AND MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE.

REACHING OUT TO THE NEEDY

SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES – OBJECTIVE NO. 1

In line with objective number one which states that by the end of the three years, the Community should be aware of the basic components of Epilepsy, the Facility embarked on an activity of visiting different Schools with the intention of educating learners about Epilepsy. We believe that this activity will impact positively on the Community as change of mindset will begin in the early stage of their lives. It is also expected to instil in the learners, a positive atittude towards people living with Epilepsy and intellectual challenges, thereby moving a milestone towards the fight against stigma.Some learners are affected by stigma which contributes to droping out of school. The activity was exciting as the children brought out their understanding and myths imparted in them by their parents and significant elders. Teachers were also impresssed by this gesture as they also benefited greatly.

OBJECTIVE 3

In line with objective number three which deals with individual needs of Clients aimed at providing them with basic needs, the Staff, in conjunction with Community Volunteers conducted a clientele needs assessment and agreed to procure blankets for them. This was done to minimise accidents associated with fire most especially during winter period. The blankets were therefore purchased and distributed to almost all Clients whose joy could not be hidden as they received these items.

Distribution of blankets to Clients

ASSISTING LEARNERS

Amongest our clients, we have ten (10) Children who are in School and the most important gift they can ever receive is education. Therefore, we managed to procure School shoes, books and pens for them .

Handover of a wheel chair to Mr. Chileshe who has an eleven years daughter Rabbeca Chileshe who is intellectually challenged from birth.

BREAKING NEWS

  1. LWIDNESS KAMOYA

This is the story of Lwidness Kamoya a girl aged seventeen (17) years of Lufwanyama B. Lufwanyama B is situated approximately 20km away from the Facility. The girl is not Epileptic but suffers a from a severe intellectual challenge. Lwidness stays with her grandmother who is well advanced in age. She cannot do most of the things on her own and the grandmother does almost everything for her.

Unfortunately, this girl became a victim of sexual abuse by an unknown person and fell pregnant. Although she had a rough gestation period, she safely gave birth to a baby girl who is being nursed by the grandmother. Efforts to trace the Father of the child has proven futile. As the Grandmother cannot afford to buy all the necessities for the baby, we took up the responsivity of providing the baby with some of the basic needs to ensure that she is safe. I gladly report that the child is so far faring well and we will try to ensure that she is not deprived of the basics.

VICTIMS OF FIRE ACCIDENT

Winter is a season which is delicate especially for persons with Epilepsy. The Patients are subjected to fire accidents most of the time. The facility during winter nurse quite a number of fire accident victims. This does not only affect Persons with epileptics but also those who are not Epileptic. This is because fire is mostly used to provide them with the warmth that is needed in the homes. The two boys in the picture below fell victims of the fire accident ad sustained burns. They were however admitted to our facility where, they received the care and both have recovered tremendously.

CONCLUSION

Irrespective of the fact that only a few activities were implemented, the period under review was full of exciting events and I’m deeply grateful to everyone who was a part of this great achievement.

“To God whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine be the glory, Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

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