"As is true in much of the developing world, the plight of the Ethiopian child with special needs can be especially grim. Disability is often seen as a curse, a punishment for wrong-doing or a bad omen. Families are likely to keep children with disabilities at home - hidden away without hope and a future. In rural communities, with resources spread thin, children with disabilities are excluded from the opportunities afforded to their typically developing peers."
Our Petros Network team launched the TESFA Center in Gojo, Ethiopia — a rural community in the mountains of central Ethiopia. The mission of TESFA is to bring HOPE to the hopeless through resourcing, personal development, and meaningful work. TESFA Center will be a lighthouse to the under-resourced and forgotten. As part of the mission, we want to bring HOPE to children and families experiencing the harsh reality of disability — to show them that there is hope for a meaningful and purposeful life!
Our assembled team includes medical professionals, special educators, and parents of children with special needs.
“Disability does not mean inability. If our needs are met, we can be just as successful as our non-disabled peers. It is wrong to say that disabled children are unable to be independent”.--The Africa Child Policy Forum, 2011