Lack of knowledge about the causes of epilepsy has been associated with negative attitudes, beliefs, and stigma in the community, workplace, and schools. Epilepsy is mainly associated with evil spirit possession and believed to be contagious, therefore people will not employ a person with epilepsy. The stigma associated with epilepsy has hindered people with epilepsy to engage in employment and live a productive life.
People with epilepsy who will be enrolled in the programme will be economically self-sufficient. CareEpilepsy will provide raw materials for rug making and basket weaving, financial resources to start up their cooperatives after the training, financial literacy such as how to run a business, savings, bookkeeping, help launch their business and provide counselling to patients to help them develop self-esteem.
People with epilepsy will 1) Realize that epilepsy isn't a curse and learn about practices to live well with epilepsy. 2) Become an expert artisan in a specific craft. 3) Develop self-esteem to realize their full potential and become a respected member of the society. 4) Learn the skills necessary to save, keep books and launch a business.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).