Cheshire Foundation Ethiopia recently renamed as Cheshire Foundation–Action for Inclusion (CF-AI) is an indigenous charity organization established in 1985. The organization is reregistered for the second time under the recent Ethiopian Charities & Societies Proclamation 621/2009 with the registration No. 0298. Since then, it has been working to serve and promote the best interests of persons with disabilities (PwDs) residing in different parts of the country. Specially, beginning from the year 2000, CF-AI has been practicing CBR “a strategy within the general community development for the rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities, poverty reduction and social inclusion of persons with disabilities. This program is targeting PwDs (Persons with Disabilities) in general and children, women and girls with disabilities in particular as they are exposed to multiple discrimination because of their age, gender, poverty and disability.
Under this CBR program CF-AI has been providing different disability rehabilitation and inclusion services which includes medical rehabilitation and reducing the impact environmental, cultural and attitudinal barriers in excluding the impaired persons from accessing various development services and opportunities within their communities. Since the CBR is about community participation, transparency, cost effectiveness and being accountable to the target clients, in all its project areas AF-AI involve the pertinent local development actors particularly PwDs and their families in every decision at all levels of the project cycle management.
Conducting base line survey/house to house disability and socio-economic assessment along with scanning local service providing institutions is always an entry point for all CF-AI’s CBR intervention. This is a base for the subsequent joint intervention plan, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Finally, before phasing out, for any of it CBR intervention, CF-AI along with its local allying partners, makes sure that the target PwDs are well empowered to involve in their respective community affairs, have sharing role and be able to work in solidarity. This is how CF-AI is contributing towards the local, regional and national inclusive poverty reduction and MDG goals attaining initiatives.
Structurally, CF-AI has its own General Assembly, the supreme power, the Management Board (elected by the general assembly) responsible to provide strategic directions for the organization and secretariat office led by an executive director coordinating the day to day activity of the organization. Down to the project level there is a community assembly/CBR committees working with the project management team and ensuring the project is meeting its intended purpose. To manage its activities Including the head office CF-AI has ------ (m---, ---F) professional and par professional staffs and ----- (m---, ---F) supporting staff.
Locating its Head Quarter in Addis, CF-AI is implementing its CBR projects in three Regional States namely Amhara Regional State( in Bahir Dar, Debertabor, Dessie, Kombolcha and Kemisse towns), Oromiya Regional State ( in Jimma, Agaro, Bedele and Metu towns) and Addis Ababa City Administration (in Gulale, Lideta, Kolfe Kerania and Nefasilk Lafto Sub Cities).
Under its CBR program, CF-AI is implementing three major program components i.e. Disability Prevention, Rehabilitation and Inclusion of persons with disabilities. This includes key intervention areas of well being that a comprehensive multi-sectoral CBR program should cover: health, education, livelihood, social and empowerment of people with disabilities and their families.
CF-AI accounting division is using modern accounting system with the latest Peachtree recording. The organization is using chart of account for every transaction to be made both at the Head Office and the projects level. Funds coming from different donors are separately coded and their transactions are handled separately under this code. There is regular cash count and annual fixed assets inventory. Apart from this all the existing internal control system, there is an annual audit done by an external certified auditor for the donors and the pertinent government organization consumption.
CF-AI is currently managing funds coming from different potential donors namely Water Aid, Water Can, Comic Relief through International Inspiration, CBM Germen, Canada and Austria, Lillian Foundation, Pact Ethiopia, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Stichting Kasop Toekmas, Netherlands Embassy and World Bank ESAP2 Program which is recently coming in. There is also an internal income to be generated from different local sources mainly from legally licensed income generation and cost sharing from services which is amounted to be up to 2 million per year. The management of this fund is also goes through the aforementioned financial control system.