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Hidden Abilities Ethiopia (92936)

In the city of Bahir Dar in northwest Ethiopia, probably the majority of parents with developmentally disabled children are trapped in ignorance and frustration. Many do not know what is wrong with their child and have little or no medical guidance or resources to help them. Health professionals, teachers and churches as well as the population as a whole often do not realize that inside that disabled child is a real person with hidden abilities if they and their families are given the support and help they need. They do not need to look simply to a life of seclusion in a back room or of begging. They can learn, develop their potential, and participate and contribute meaningfully to the family, the community and the church.

Hidden Abilities project will offer support and guidance to these families through a bilingual website reaching all of Ethiopia and attractive pamphlets distributed through schools, hospitals and clinics in Bahir Dar. A model mini-project providing adaptive seating aids, physical, occupational and speech therapy, case worker home visits, access to orthopaedic surgery, a school readiness program and support groups will provide well-rounded care for our own beneficiaries. There will be a multiplying factor as we train special ed teachers, case workers for other organizations, health professionals and churches. Motivating and permeating all we do lies the high value and good plan God has for people with disabilities. This we share in ministry to the heart and soul of these families through music, drama, physical affection, fun learning activities for these kids, chaplaincy, biblical counseling and appropriate gospel witness.



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