The Mossy Foot Project, Inc.

The Mossy Foot Project was founded to take the word of Christ to unreached peoples and to treat and to eradicate mossy foot (podoconiosis) disease.
Jan 23, 2014

January 2014 Update on Mossy Foot Project

Mossy Foot Project Leadership Meeting
Mossy Foot Project Leadership Meeting

In November and December of 2013, Sharon Daly, Mossy Foot Project President, spent five weeks in Ethiopia. During this time, much progress and important decisions were made. You can read full details in our attached newsletter on our website. Here are some of the key events of the last few months:

  • A QuickBooks consultant worked with the Mossy Foot accountant to convert the accounting system to QuickBooks, which is the same system used in the US. This will streamline the accounting process.
  • A new Ethiopian Executive Director and Country Representative was brought into the organization. Yoseph Menna brings many years of experience in non-profit management and will be a great asset to the leadership team. Sharon was able to spend quality time with Yoseph refining the ministry vision and goals for the coming year.
  • Yoseph and Sharon Daly attended a Federal Ministry of Health workshop in Addis Ababa and had the opportunity to present the work of Mossy Foot Project to several hundred health workers in Soddo.
  • Photographers from Starkey Hearing Foundation came to follow up on stories they filmed earlier on the changed lives of patients treated by the Mossy Foot Project.  
  • Work has been completed on the first phase of construction on property the Ethiopian government has provided for new Mossy Foot Project headquarters. The wall, guard house, and out house are all completed. Phase 2 will begin as soon as funds are available.
  • The Ethiopian government renewed Mossy Foot Project’s status as a Foreign Charity on January 10th. The government supports the project and wants the project to expand into other provinces.
  • Because of a generous donation, we have been able to offer cataract surgery to mossy foot patients experiencing loss of sight. The first group of patients have received surgery and restored sight, improving their ability to care for themselves. 
  • Due to the collaboration of several other non-profit organizations, Mossy Foot Project received a large shipment of donated shoes, enough for 13,736 children. This is a key component to our prevention strategy, as wearing shoes practically guarantees the elimination of mossy foot disease. 
Completed wall and Gate for new Headquarters
Completed wall and Gate for new Headquarters
Cataract Surgery Brings Joy
Cataract Surgery Brings Joy
Joseph Menna and Sharon Daly Share the Vision
Joseph Menna and Sharon Daly Share the Vision

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Oct 21, 2013

September Report from Ethiopia

Ethiopian child leading two blind adults
Ethiopian child leading two blind adults

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sight is Coming to Blind Eyes

In Ethiopia, blindness is common in the rural villages because of poverty and lack of medical care. You will often see an adult being led from place to place by a young child. Because of The consequence of blindness for the adult is of course devastating for there is little work available for someone without eyesight. But the consequences for the child can also be drastic, eliminating any opportunity to attend school or enjoy free time with other children. Blindness for Zenebech, one Ethiopian widow with mossy foot disease, forced her to giving her youngest child away since she could not care for him.

This need recently drew the attention of a friend of the Mossy Foot Project, who has generously offered a financial gift that will allow for 100 mossy foot patients to receive cataract repair surgery. Medical Missions International has an eye clinic affiliated with Soddo Christian Hospital where the surgery will be performed. They have offered to train 3 staff members of Mossy Foot Project to identify patients that qualify for this surgery. The three Mossy Foot staff will in turn train the health care workers at the 16 Mossy Foot Project clinics. The gift covers the expense of surgery for 100 eyes as well as overnight lodging in Soddo and food for each patient identified as in need.

We are very grateful for the way God has moved to make this possible. Our approach has always been to treat our patients holistically, and this gift enables us do so in an even more complete way. And how wonderful to think that restoring sight to the blind will also restore childhood and the possibility of school to a boy or girl.

 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Sharon in Ethiopia: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Here is the latest update from Sharon reporting on development progress at the Mossy Foot Project property in Soddo, Ethiopia:

“I am really excited that we are starting to build on the Mossy Foot property! It will be a blessing not to have to rent property in town.  Also, we will be able to install the right electrical wiring so that we can use all of our shoe making equipment. That will enable us to produce more shoes for the mossy foot patients at the clinics.

This past week we got estimates on all the things we will need to build the rock wall, the guard house, and "shint bate" (out house).  On Friday, materials were being delivered and by Monday a lot of work had already been done.

It is such a blessing to have Mark Launder here overseeing the building, expediting the progress, and ensuring good quality.  Since he is well acquainted with the culture and how things operate, he is able to navigate challenges that might stop someone else.


The work is labor intensive--with capstones being hand-hewn out of rock, cement mixed by hand, and large rocks being chipped by hand to go in the base for the wall.  I tried breaking the rock with a mallet for about 20 seconds and that was enough for me."

Mark Launder and Workmen
Mark Launder and Workmen
Sharon literally between a rock and a hard place
Sharon literally between a rock and a hard place
Jun 17, 2013

June Report from Ethiopia

Former Patients Making Shoes
Former Patients Making Shoes

This is an exciting report to write since I have just completed six weeks in Ethiopia and am now on my way back to the States. This extended trip has given me the opportunity to work with and encourage staff, visit the remote clinics, and see first hand the progress on developing property for future headquarters.

During my time in Soddo, I hosted a team from Sterling College, Kansas led by the school chaplain. In addition to spending time at Mossy Foot headquarters helping with sewing the special large shoes for patients, the team traveled to Shanto to help with the building of a home for a widow with four children. Two of the widow's children abandoned her because of her mossy foot disease. She was living in a little hut that had big open gaps in it that did not protect her family from the rain. 

The team arrived to an exuberant welcome from the neighbors and church workers. Team members worked on the house, nailing on poles, making mud balls, and throwing them up to the mudder.  Birhane was profoundly touched that a new house was being built for her.

In addition, I was able to spend time working with a builder who will oversee construction on the property for new Mossy Foot headquarters! With the new construction, we will be able to install the right electrical wiring so that we can use all of our shoe making equipment, which will let us produce more shoes for the patients at the clinics.

I was also able to attend two important meetings in Addis Ababa. One was the Federal Ministry of Health Symposium from June 12-14 regarding treatment options for podoconiosis. The following day, the National Podoconiosis Action Network (NPAC) met to discuss options and future development in disease prevention and treatment.

I am so grateful for the our faithful supporters whose compassion allows this important work to continue to bless and bring healing to those who suffer the effects of this debilitating disease. 

Building Project
Building Project

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