• Gergi, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • (251) 116 29-2378
  • info@fanaethio.org

About Us

About FAILCD

FAILCD (Fana Association for Individuals with Learning and Communication Difficulties) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization that works to create and raise awareness of learning and communication difficulties and provide help and support to children with these difficulties in Ethiopia. Fana was registered on 20 September, 2012 as an Ethiopian Residents Charity Organization (Registration No. 2866).

How Did Fana Get Started?

The charity is founded by a group of Ethiopian academics and practitioners who share the belief that, in a world that is capable of doing a lot of things, learning and communication difficulties should not hold children back from achieving their potentials.

Fana in Action

What Makes Us Different

  • We are dedicated to work

    We are dedicated to work to improve the lives of this group of children by providing the support they need, creating and increasing awareness about such difficulties, co-operating with schools so that they can accommodate these children and by carrying out and supporting well-designed research.

  • We have talented people

    We understand that this is an enormous undertaking but we also have people on our side – talented and committed partners (here in Ethiopian and abroad), volunteers, supporters and staff who share the same values.

  • We are passionate

    We are passionate about helping the children concerned learn and communicate well and thereby improve the quality of their life and increase their productivity.

What does fana mean?

Fana, in Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia, means ‘dazzling and guiding lights’. We named the charity Fana with the hope of restoring the dreams and aspirations of the children concerned and guiding them towards a brighter future by helping them to realize their full potential.

It can be imagined the pain that a child who struggles to express himself due to a speech difficulty may feel; or the level of anxiety and self-hatred that a child with a learning disability experiences when she is told to leave school because her speech is unintelligible or she is “too stupid to learn” . This can, and must, be overcome.

WHAT WE THINK ABOUT OUR CHARITY

We understand that this is an enormous undertaking but we also have people on our side – talented and committed partners (here in Ethiopian and abroad), volunteers, supporters and staff who share the same values.

  • 5
    Years In Charity
  • 20
    Project Handled
  • 25
    Staff Members
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Our Dedicated Managerial Team

Work Area

We are based in Addis Ababa (see our address in contact us page). We run assessment and intervention programmes in our office, although we still do not have proper speech therapy and reading clinic rooms. Moreover, our staff visit schools and work with teachers to identify and help children with learning and communication difficulties. Our initial project focuses on kindergarten and primary schools (both government run and private ones) in Addis Ababa. Depending on the availability of further funding, schools out of Addis will be reached. What we actually do in the schools is that: we train some teachers and enable them to identify children with the stated difficulties and provide them with an individually-tailored support.