Some of the projects our team are running
Hope Commission International is a Christian ministry dedicated to bringing the message of God’s redemptive love, mercy, and grace to all people. It also our goal to assure every person that they are truly loved and that in all of life’s circumstances, whether the challenges are spiritual, physical, or economic that there are positive solutions in Christ. We encourage everyone that it is possible for them to overcome adversity and achieve their purpose in life. We help people to Dream Big and Shine Bright. In addition to spiritual ministry, we do as much as possible within our resources to minister to physical needs, clothing, and personal and community development.
Girls apprenticeship program
Eradicating Poverty through Hope
The Sewing and Embroidery(SEW) Girls Can Learn Program aims to provide its participants with the skills they need to obtain national certification and, in turn, have a more substantial chance at financial empowerment and success. The program includes a variety of classes tailored toward these objectives, along with opportunities for hands-on experience in sewing and embroidery.
This program aims to reduce and eliminate extreme poverty within the country of Togo. As a regional pilot, it seeks to have three goals - 1) Women's Empowerment 2) Education and Training, and 3) Healthcare Access. While many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are facing economic hardship, Togo's economy is thriving. The past reforms have been created to help modernize the nation and build a more robust economy and society. According to UNICEF, 81.2% of Togo's rural population live below the poverty line, making it one of the world's poorest countries. Both men and women are affected by poverty in Togo, though women are disproportionately so.
HCI has implemented a (pilot) program to meet the critical sustainability goals, entitled Stable and Empowered Women in Togo.
The skin diseases study
HCI country office coordinates a study on tools for rapid detection of skin diseases. The prevalence of skin diseases is extremely high in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in children, and the reported prevalence ranges from 23.3% to as high as 80.4% in this age group. These diseases are most often overlooked due to a lack of local specialists and lack of experience among Western specialists looking at darker skin. If left untreated, it could have severe complications, e.g., scabies could lead to rheumatic fever and nephropathy and often debilitating physical, social and mental effects that may deprive one of the educational and social opportunities. Furthermore, some diseases, including leprosy, Buruli ulcers, lymphatic filariasis, and other skin infections, lead to life-long disabilities and deformities if not diagnosed and treated early and may significantly impact those affected and their families long-term. These skin infections that prevail in LMICs are members of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and targeted for disease control globally. Observation of the skin could be very informative. Without undergoing invasive examinations requiring special skills and equipment, many skin diseases could be diagnosed just with sufficient patient history and observation of the skin. This is very well suited to field settings in LMICs. Photos of the skin lesions could serve as an alternative to direct observation. If of sufficiently good quality, it could allow for the diagnosis to be made on-site or remotely. Telemedicine for dermatology, or teledermatology, is currently an emerging field taking advantage of this unique feature of skin diseases. A few attempts of teledermatology have been made in sub-Saharan African countries and have shown promising results. Expected outcomes will be a validated wound assessment tool that could be applied to any wound in LMICs, which is simple and allows remote assessment.
Our Leprosy program in Ivory Coast helps detect active cases, find ways to reintegrate them into society with the help of treatment and micro-finances to do business, and educate the population about leprosy and how to prevent it. The goal of HCI is to improve the lives of vulnerable people in the world's poorest communities. We believe that every individual has a right to access opportunities and education, food, clean water, medicine, and good health care. This means making sure that there are possibilities available to earn their living and pay for their food, medicine, education, and other necessities of life.
Leprosy is a disease that has been around for centuries. There were 127558 new leprosy cases detected globally in 2020, according to official figures from 139 countries from the 6 WHO Regions. This includes 8 629 children below 15 years. The new case detection rate among the child population was recorded at 4.4 per million.