The Community-Based Rehabilitation for Social, Economic and Health Development (CBR SEHD) Project aims to increase social participation and improve health and economic outcomes for people with leprosy and disabilities, by developing Self-Help Groups (SHGs).

During the last phase (July 2015-June 2020), the CBR SEHD project established 21 Self Help Groups (SHGs) comprised of people affected by leprosy and disability. The goal of SHGs is to act as agents of change within their communities – bringing health and economic development opportunities and promoting inclusion.

After the project phase was completed, an evaluation was undertaken which determined that the project would benefit from a two-year extension to ensure that SHGs had created strong linkages to become sustainable beyond the project lifetime. This extension will focus on building up the organisational strength of the SHGs so that their legal status will be recognized while linking the SHGs to a network of similar organisations that are in a strong enough position to be able to access soft loans for their members to undertake small businesses.

Social Return on Investment

21 Self-Help Groups were given training and support to develop small businesses of their own, at a cost of $69 per group.

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Please note: Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible. Due to added security measures, donations below $10 can no longer be processed online. To make a gift $9 or less, please call us on 1800 LEPROSY (1800 537 767). You can also choose to give via direct deposit into our bank account: The Leprosy Mission Australia account: BSB: 013225 No:297114729.

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Supported by the Australian Government

The Community-Based Rehabilitation for Social, Economic and Health Development (CBR SEHD) Project supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).  Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy, other neglected tropical diseases and disability in Timor-Leste.

You can give people affected by leprosy and disability in Timor-Leste healing, hope and opportunities they desperately need to lead a healthier and fulfilling future.