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Short Profile of CF-AI and Experience 

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.    

Operational Areas/Project location  

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).

Disability Prevention activities

  • • Awareness education on major causes of disability and its prevention methods
  • • Primary health care education
  • • Hygiene and sanitation education
  • • Reproductive Health, Family Planning, Anti Natal Care
  • • HIV/AIDS prevention and control
  • • Maternal and Child Immunization etc
  • • Medical treatment especially for mothers and children
  • • Improving the nutritional statues of poor communities in promoting urban gardening with all the necessary nutrition education.

Rehabilitation activities

  • • Conduct home to home disability and socio-economic assessment
  • • Develop Joint intervention plan and sharing responsibilities with all parties
  • • Provide home to home counseling and physiotherapy services
  • • Deliver medical treatment
  • • Distribute assistive devices with appropriate training)
  • • Provide educational support
  • • Deliver livelihood promotion service (Vocational skill training, basic business management skill training, business startup capital etc )

Basic Areas of intervention

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.

Inclusion/Mainstreaming Activities

  • • Reducing the existing physical, social and cultural/attitudinal barriers
  • • Creating access to economic empowerment opportunities
  • • Constructing disability inclusive WASH facilities in residential areas and schools
  • • Join different health, education, WASH, CBR and other social forums to share disability information and look for possible options to work together.
  • • Conduct/support different community conversations to remove wrong perceptions and create opportunities for persons with disabilities to reveal their potential
  • • Organize, train and support community and school clubs working for the inclusion of persons with disabilities
  • • Encouraging model person with disabilities to join community based organizations in their vicinity like Idir, Ekub, Mahiber etc to share their success and teach disability is not in ability
  • • Implement disability inclusive development projects at the grass roots community level like inclusive WASH, economic empowerment, Voluntary Counseling Test (VCT) service, sport for inclusive development etc.

Major achievements so far

  • • Most of PwDs in the in the project areas have been able to get orthopedic appliances which tremendously improved their mobility and functionality
  • • The livelihood or economic capacity of PwDs and parents of children and youth with disabilities involved in different income generating activities improved
  • • Many school age Children with Disabilities (CwDs) who were initially kept idle at home managed to join regular schools and started showing remarkable performance
  • • In most cases the existing wrong perception towards disability and their potential to develop positively changed in which cases the possibility of accepting PwDs for apprenticeship and providing employment opportunity increased.
  • • Access to clean water and the VIP latrine facilities improved the health condition of the target urban poor in general and school enrolment of children with disabilities in particular. As a result the expenditure of many families on medication reduced and children with disabilities managed to conformably learn.
  • • The provision of inclusive health education on HIV/AIDS, FP and RH and other health issues using sign language and brail materials has brought significant change on the attitudinal of the target communities as a result the number of FP RH and VCT attendants increased especially among PwDs and protected from secxual abuse.
  • • The issues of persons with disabilities particularly the women with disability are better mainstreamed by different development actors sharing the vision and mission of the CF-AI.

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  • • CF-IA is better promoting CBR in partnership with different local development actors who shared its strategy that discourages handout provisions and on the contrary encourage the target PwDs, their families and the community at large to mobilize the existing local resource to match with the available external fund and create sense of ownership to eventually sustain the project.
  • • In being transparent, participatory, cost effective, and accountable to the target clients CF-AI has gained the stakeholders confidence and trust to jointly serve its purpose which is improving the lives of PwDs by promoting an inclusive development. As a result of this good relation, our projects including the HQ have been honoured to own big premises in most of the project sites and the HQ office which we now use for local income generating purpose with the permission of CSA to support and sustain the CBR program with a local income. Taking this opportunity, we have shared the head office premises with seven charities organizations with reasonable amount of rent to be used for program implementation purpose. Above all, we have gained an advantage of sharing common development agendas and supporting our purpose.
  • • We have established credible partnership with local governments and community based organizations in our operational areas. Along with this, apart from being a pioneer CCRDA member we have joined different networks COREHA, BEN-E, PANE, ENDAN, and CBR-Net found very beneficial to lobby for disability inclusive development.
  • • CF-AI has taken child right convention and made part of its organization policy. Since most of the organization staffs are working with children with disabilities at their home, the organization has made all the staff to sign child right protection protocol and filed in their respective personal files. Now we are in the process of developing gender policy to be one of our guiding manual. This has really helped the entire organization staff to committee more to help children who desperately need the protection of adults.
  • • To more be transparent, participatory and accountable to the client or the service users, the organization has taken the initiative to work on quality assurance framework (QUF) with Leonard Cheshire Disability our umbrella organization based in UK. Moreover, the organization has taken training on People in Aid and Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) with CCRDA and now signed an agreement with this umbrella organization to go through the process qualifying the HAP partnership criteria.
  • • Our CBR cost effective move has really made us to qualify to CSA policy particularly the 70/30 program and admin ratio.

Financial handling capacity and utilization

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.