Addressing the needs of children with disabilities


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CHADET is glad to announce a new found partnership with Fana - Association for Individuals with Learning and Communication Difficulties (FAILCD-Ethiopia). Fana is a nonprofit organization that provides help and support to children with learning and communication difficulties and seeks to raise awareness of these issues within the community and the parents.

Without the correct assessment and support, learning and communication difficulties can hold children back from achieving their potential, which can lead to social and economical exclusion. For many children who struggle to learn and express their thoughts using speech/language, their behaviour and confidence can be badly affected. Fana aims to assist the children to achieve their potential despite their problems.

Children with disabilities faced with social exclusion in Ethiopia

According to a report issued by the World Bank and World Health Organisation, there are an estimated 15 million children, adults and elderly persons with disabilities in Ethiopia, representing 17.6 per cent of the population1.  A vast majority of people with disabilities live in rural areas where access to basic services is poor. 95 per cent of all persons with disabilities in Ethiopia are estimated to live in poverty.2 Many depend on family support and begging for their livelihoods.
Although the Government of Ethiopia has adopted a number of laws, policies and standards with a disability focus, the support and protection of individuals with disabilities is still far from sufficient. Initiatives to include people with disabilities remain few and far between.


Start change now

Change is needed and CHADET strives to contribute to this change.  This is why CHADET will work together with Fana in identifying children with learning and communication disabilities in their different projects, with the aim of providing special care and additional supporting programs for the children as needed.  The provided support is tailored to fit individual needs, including an individual teaching and/or therapy program that can identify the strengths and weaknesses of the child and future needs.

By challenging attitudes and mistaken assumptions about people with disabilities in the communities, CHADET aims to contribute to the social and economical inclusion of persons with disabilities In Ethiopia.




[1] World Bank and World Health Organization: World Report on Disability, Washington, D. C., 2011
[2] Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA) 2010


CHADET is an indigenous non-governmental organization that works to improve the lives of marginalized children in Ethiopia

by providing access to quality education and improving livelihood opportunities.