Meet Lelamo

Reaching the Last Mile Fund

Living in the countryside of Sankura, Ethiopia with his wife and 10 children, Lelamo was a prosperous farmer and land-owner until he contracted lymphatic filariasis (LF). Unable to work, he lost his land and, like many communities affected by NTD’s, his family became trapped in a cycle of poverty. With his father unable to work, Lelamo’s son Fuad dropped out of school to tend to the farm and his wife Kaybiya bears the burden of raising their children and caring for the home. Thanks to the RLMF, people like Lelamo are finally getting the care they need. While education and prevention aim to ensure children like his never suffer from LF.