On 19 August 2020 the CBR Program at the University of Gondar, in association with Light for the World, supported people in the community who are living with disabilities and disadvantages.
The CBR program, which has been providing special support to children with disabilities since the sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, has donated 2,000 birr (a total of 6,000 birr over a 3 month span) to 276 children with disabilities. The recipients of the support came from 14 districts and 3 city administrations, including Gondar.
As expressed by Mr. Zemene Assefa, assistant coordinator of the CBR Program, the assistance is of vital importance to those individuals because it would help prevent circumstances of struggling to provide for basic necessities.
Due to widespread poverty access to rehabilitation services has been very limited in the country of Ethiopia. This is magnified especially for people with disabilities who reside in rural parts of the country. It is with this that the University of Gondar has zealously committed to establishing a Community Based Rehabilitation strategy. For over 15 year now the CBR Program has been operating in many segments of today’s population and is making a difference in the lives of many.
According to World Bank and World Health Organization reports, a total of 17.6% of the Ethiopian population consists of people with some form of disability.