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Living with disabilities in Ethiopia Research shows that 50% of the handicaps in Ethiopia can be prevented by good living conditions; a healthy lifestyle and of course access to good health care. In Ethiopia, one of the poorest countries in the world, 29.6% of the population live below the poverty line. These population face various challenges: bad housing circumstances in overpopulated neighborhoods; showing a frighteningly high air pollution; with shortage of sanitary- and health facilities, clean drinking water and waste that does not get collected. Because of financial restrictions people eat unhealthy nutrition; do not move enough and there is no money for a doctor's visit. The CBR Department (Community Based Rehabilitation) of the BGW Counseling and Social Services Center, was established to improve the quality of life of children with disabilities and their families. Living with disabilities in Ethiopia is difficult due to stigma and discrimination. It is often thought that the disability is a punishment of God for sins made by the (ancestors) parents. The negative attitude of the community makes parents feel uncomfortable and often conceal their child for the outside world. So the children do not have access to social life, and their needs are not been seen and do not get addressed. Our Counseling Center provides services for children with a disability since 1994 and works for the empowerment of children in the age of 0-24 years and their families. We have a holistic approach because we all share the opinion that all life facets contribute to a good life. In poor health, it is hard to get a job; without a regular income you won’t get a proper, safe home and if you feel depressed because you are being discriminated you will face difficulties in sustaining social contacts. The holistic approach addresses four domains of life: physical health; mental well-being; social rights and economic situation. Together with the beneficiaries we design a future plan to increase the level of all four domains. The Center works to improve the living conditions of the children through medical care, home care, advice and information services and individual- and group physiotherapy including providing the necessary materials. The family members are trained to give their own child the right care. We supervise children at school and teachers are trained by the Counseling Center to create a healthy environment for children with disabilities. In addition to the individual and family services, we have ‘Awareness raising programs’ for the community through coffee ceremonies (where the neighbors drink coffee and discuss all kind of life issues), discussion groups on disability, self-help groups for parents and clubs for handicapped children. We distribute brochures on disability through the health Centers and schools. All those efforts are taken to disseminate information about disability widely! To prevent disability from malnutrition, we have a nutrition program where 50 children with disabilities and 45 severely malnourished children get the necessary nutrition. A good healthy lifestyle requires money. The Center offers a ' Business skills training ' in which beneficiaries learn to set up a business, how to be accountable, how to save and to invest in their business. The Center provides starting capital so that people can start without debts. The participants form 'Savings groups' in which they save money on a monthly base so that each participant, turn by turn, can lend money for new investments. These loans will be paid back with interest. All participants have their own bank account (this is not yet common in Ethiopia). Most people have their feet back on the ground after about 1 year but they can always get help and advice from the Center after finalizing the program. With this program we thrive to reduce disability, stigma and discrimination and we believe that children with disabilities will be integrated into their social environment. At the moment we support about 150 children and we work with their families towards an independent and dignified life! If you would like to receive more information or make a donation, please let us know!
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Living with disabilities in Ethiopia Research shows that 50% of the handicaps in Ethiopia can be prevented by good living conditions; a healthy lifestyle and of course access to good health care. In Ethiopia, one of the poorest countries in the world, 29.6% of the population live below the poverty line. These population face various challenges: bad housing circumstances in overpopulated neighborhoods; showing a frighteningly high air pollution; with shortage of sanitary- and health facilities, clean drinking water and waste that does not get collected. Because of financial restrictions people eat unhealthy nutrition; do not move enough and there is no money for a doctor's visit. The CBR Department (Community Based Rehabilitation) of the BGW Counseling and Social Services Center, was established to improve the quality of life of children with disabilities and their families. Living with disabilities in Ethiopia is difficult due to stigma and discrimination. It is often thought that the disability is a punishment of God for sins made by the (ancestors) parents. The negative attitude of the community makes parents feel uncomfortable and often conceal their child for the outside world. So the children do not have access to social life, and their needs are not been seen and do not get addressed. Our Counseling Center provides services for children with a disability since 1994 and works for the empowerment of children in the age of 0-24 years and their families. We have a holistic approach because we all share the opinion that all life facets contribute to a good life. In poor health, it is hard to get a job; without a regular income you won’t get a proper, safe home and if you feel depressed because you are being discriminated you will face difficulties in sustaining social contacts. The holistic approach addresses four domains of life: physical health; mental well-being; social rights and economic situation. Together with the beneficiaries we design a future plan to increase the level of all four domains. The Center works to improve the living conditions of the children through medical care, home care, advice and information services and individual- and group physiotherapy including providing the necessary materials. The family members are trained to give their own child the right care. We supervise children at school and teachers are trained by the Counseling Center to create a healthy environment for children with disabilities. In addition to the individual and family services, we have ‘Awareness raising programs’ for the community through coffee ceremonies (where the neighbors drink coffee and discuss all kind of life issues), discussion groups on disability, self-help groups for parents and clubs for handicapped children. We distribute brochures on disability through the health Centers and schools. All those efforts are taken to disseminate information about disability widely! To prevent disability from malnutrition, we have a nutrition program where 50 children with disabilities and 45 severely malnourished children get the necessary nutrition. A good healthy lifestyle requires money. The Center offers a ' Business skills training ' in which beneficiaries learn to set up a business, how to be accountable, how to save and to invest in their business. The Center provides starting capital so that people can start without debts. The participants form 'Savings groups' in which they save money on a monthly base so that each participant, turn by turn, can lend money for new investments. These loans will be paid back with interest. All participants have their own bank account (this is not yet common in Ethiopia). Most people have their feet back on the ground after about 1 year but they can always get help and advice from the Center after finalizing the program. With this program we thrive to reduce disability, stigma and discrimination and we believe that children with disabilities will be integrated into their social environment. At the moment we support about 150 children and we work with their families towards an independent and dignified life! If you would like to receive more information or make a donation, please let us know!
Contact e-mail: bgwprojects@gwgl.nl postadressen: Glorieuxlaan 4, 5613LN Eindhoven, Nederland St. Jozefstraat 1, 9041 Oostakker, België