Who We Are...
SCPDA is an Ethiopian development local Non-Governmental Organization, established in 2013, registered under the Charities and Societies Proclamation No. 621/2009 as an Ethiopian Residents Charity, under license number 2955 in January 21, 2013.
Its founders include visually impaired persons who witnessed how education can change the lives of the disabled and now want to support children facing similar challenges.
The Problem or Need
Children with disabilities are highly marginalized and excluded in accessing their basic education rights. Ethiopia has an estimated 891,765 children with disabilities, but only 4,300 are enrolled in schools (Lewis, 2009). Recently, the Ethiopian education minister revealed that in the 2013/2014 school year, only 5% of children with disabilities were able to access a basic education. In every region of Ethiopia it is common to see a significant number of disabled children sheltering in nearby churches, mosques, and other public areas, begging for leftover food, used clothes, and money.
Support and Care for People with Disabilities Association (SCPDA) was founded to support and care for persons with disabilities, especially visually impaired children who need help to access their right to a basic education. To date, the association has supported and cared for a total of 69 visually impaired and low vision students in its community-based two-year preschool program.
The association envision is creating equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons with disabilities and working empowering poor persons with disabilities, families and communities and enabling them to recover.
SCPDA empowers Persons with Disabilities, families and communities affected by poverty to recover from neglect and desertion and reclaim their lives and fulfill their rights.
What we have done in past
SCPDA operates a community-based school for children who are blind or have special needs in Bishoftu. It is primarily intended to support visually impaired children while they live with their parents, while equipping them with basic skills that will allow them to integrate into a typical classroom environment. SCPDA’s school provides the following services:
- Support in basic educational and special need educational materials such as Braille paper, slate and stylus, white cane, shoes, uniform etc.
- Provision of special needs education services regularly for visually impaired children in two-year terms. Basic skills, such as writing and reading Braille, personal mobility, health care and self-management skills, and recreation activities. To date, this service has been provided to 40 visually impaired children, who have gone on to join regular schools.
- Providing basic Braille reading and writing training for children who are low vision or suspected of losing their eyesight in the future. To date, the association has educated a total of 48 low vision students who were in regular schools.
- Supporting visually impaired and low vision students in medication and transportation costs.
- Comprehensive guest house services provided for children in rural areas where special needs education services are unavailable, or prohibitively expensive to poor families. This service includes food, shelter, and sanitary services.
- Sponsorship programs started with two volunteers widespread able to advance 31 graduate students to continue their education in regular schools.
- Psychosocial, referral linkage, and follow up services.
- Empowering people, especially women with disabilities and families of persons with disabilities through income generating activities. SCPDA has given 27 women and 12 men with disabilities the opportunity to start small business, including jewelry production, laundry services, selling food, and baking Injera and traditional ‘Difo Dabo’ bread.
- Providing health care education for people with disabilities on different concerns like community based care and service for OVC with disabilities, HIV AIDS prevention and care.
- Facilitating medications for extraordinary diseases; for example, children with tumors affecting their sight.
- Organizing capacity building events for families, caregivers and community living, surrounding the inclusion of children, women, youth and people with disabilities