LSN established a network office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in August, 1999.
Since then, LSN-Ethiopia has helped more than 1000 landmine survivors. In addition to individual peer support, the Ethiopia Network has established more than 12 small community survivor groups, including three clubs exclusively for child survivors, to provide a forum for sharing common concerns related to recovery.
The Network has developed a strong partnership with the Ethiopian government, the Social and NGO Affairs Office of Addis Ababa Administrative Region, and the Federal Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission Office, as well as other national and international organizations within the country. LSN-Ethiopia staff and survivors supported the Cheshire Home in Addis Ababa, which provides rehabilitation services to children with polio, by participating in their annual walk. The Network also supported the Federation for People with Disabilities over the last year by providing them with essential office supplies. Similar support was also given to Permanent Care Home for Persons with Disabilities, Sports Federation of Persons with Disabilities, and Cheshire Services Ethiopia.
Capital: Addis Ababa
Area: 1,127,127 sq km
GDP per capita: $700
Life expectancy: 40.8
Unemployment rate: Not Available
Literacy rate: 42.7%
Percentage under poverty line: 50%
Case load: 1,116
No. of peer support visits/year: 11,848Small businesses supported: 370
Network Contact Information
African Avenue/Bole Road
Kirkos Sub City, Kebele 02,
House # 126
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Director: Bekele Gonfa
Phone (Alternate): 251.11.655.5090
Phone (Alternate): 251.11.551.6642
Bekele Gonfa is the Director of LSN-Ethiopia. He lost his right leg from an explosive in 1977 while on active military duty. All network peer support staff are amputees.
LSN’s work in Ethiopia is supported by generous donations from the nations of Norway and Canada, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
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