Association Addis Guzo is a registered NGO based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The co-operation focuses on the specific “Rehabilitation and Integration” programme element with the implementation of wheelchair basketball as well as contemporary dance for women and men with disabilities.
Problem to be tackled
Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world. For people living with disabilities, the living conditions are extremely hard. Since there is no government support, they are left to rely on themselves or on the help of their families. The supply gap of mobility and other aids, especially wheelchairs, is huge. Medical-therapeutic treatments can rarely be afforded by those who are affected or their families. This has a negative impact on the general wellbeing and impedes the chances of reintegration.
Addis Guzo has included the project part wheelchair basketball as a programme component in the activities for the first time back in 2015 and contemporary dance since 2019. In the meantime, both programmes have been further developed and a new “Rehabilitation and Integration” programme has been launched which offers wheelchair basketball, contemporary dance for women and men with disabilities and an inclusive playground – sensory and play garden for children with and without impairments.
The project focuses on people living with disabilities in Ethiopia without any age limit who generally belong to the poorest segments of the population, 50% females, 50% males in an urban context.
With the support of The SOL Foundation, Addis Guzo will be able to launch the Rehabilitation and Integration project, following the “RES Programme” (Rehabilitation, Economic Empowerment and Sports), with the main target of contributing meaningful activities in many areas of life for people with disabilities in Ethiopia.
Swiss-based Verein Addis Guzo run a centre for the rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After the project was established in 2012 under the leadership of two Addis Guzo Board Members and recognised as an international NGO in Ethiopia, the operational tasks were handed over directly to Ethiopian employees. Since then, the Swiss association is supporting the management in Ethiopia through constant exchanges including site visits.
At the “Center for People with Disabilities” the organisation offer inter alia a wheelchair workshop including wheelchair provision, repair services for wheelchairs and other aids, rehabilitation and integration including early intervention programme for multiply disabled children or skills development trainings.