Our Program

Plan Of Action

The principal activities are carried out by a Community Organizer, assisted by experienced and capable assistants (experts) in their various fields:

  • Construction worker to build houses incl. garden & fence
  • Agrarian to select the ideal location of land for the houses to be built and for agriculture/cultivation/breeding as needed.
  • Agriculturist to select and prepare fertile soil, irrigation, assist the persons affected by leprosy to use the land, selecting those products with highest marketing value.
  • Expert in animal husbandry to help select the best ways to successfully breed livestock locally.
  • Fisheries expert to help select and advise for successful land-(ponds) and sea fisheries.
  • Marketing expert to advise on the procurement of products with the highest market value.
  • Others still to be mentioned.

We will apply our comprehensive community empowerment program, the so called PANCA KUMALA, or the Five Gemstones of Empowerment.

1. PHYSICAL EMPOWERMENT

The physical condition of all inhabitants are monitored. Including the disease status of patients with leprosy. Early detection of symptoms  and instant therapy for new leprosy cases to achieve a permanent or lasting cure. Habitants are introduced a healthy life style about food and  personal hygiene through relevant talk shows and morning exercises. Treat ‘simple’ lepra reactions. Refer complicated cases to specialist and follow up.

2. SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT

Every family or community will be provided ½ or ¼ Ha of land for gardening, vegetables for own consumption aiming at self-sufficiency. For daily living, inhabitants get some money, tools for household, gardening and agriculture . The best seeds or plants, fertilizers and pesticides will be at their disposal. They will be assisted by motivators, experts in gardening and agronomics. Working together (gotong royong) and joined labour (kerja bakti) activities will develop the sense of belonging among the inhabitants of  HKH.

3. ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

Each family or community will be provided a piece of land approx.  1 – 1½ Ha for agriculture, livestock raising or whatever they would desire. Expert community development, agronomics, marketing specialists, cooperatives, etc will help them to make the right choice(s). Within five years the farmers will be able to deliver their best products for supplying the neighboring markets in ample quantities. They may be able to stand firmly on their own feet, without the usual charity aid.  The better the business, the more respect they will achieve from their neighbors. People with leprosy may eventually earn back  their dignity (our Vision).

4. MENTAL EMPOWERMENT

Through talk shows, case demonstrations, inhabitants are to be regularly and systematically ‘brainwashed’ about their stigmatization and de-stigmatization (“being a leper, always  a leper who can not achieve anything. We will always fail as we are discriminated.“). Joint activities like singing, music making, may also help develop a stronger bond among the family members, as well as  to wash away their negative attitude towards themselves and their world outside.

5. SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT

People with leprosy also have a myth, that their condition is a curse from a divine power above.  It must be emphasized repeatedly, that their disease is a normal, but ugly disease which can be cured altogether, if treatment was initiated early with the powerful medicines. However, if early treatment was not adequate, the disease may become ugly if not managed well by specialists. Finally, the people are encouraged to achieve reconciliation with their divinity and worship according their belief.

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