First Steps at Cheshire Services

Posted by Francesca Rutherford on Wednesday 10th February 2016

Ethiopiaid Board member Alex Chapman recently visited our partner Cheshire Services. Cheshire help Ethiopians who are affected by disabilities through rehabilitation, community outreach, mobility aids and a range of much needed services. You can read more about themhere.  Here's what Alex had to say about her visit:

I have just visited the Cheshire Reed House paediatric centre in Addis Ababa funded by Ethiopiaid. The centre supports children with cerebral palsy and gives physiotherapy treatment and occupational therapy. Often people with disabilities are the most marginalised and vulnerable in countries like Ethiopia so it was inspiring and heartening to see the dedication of the staff at Cheshire Services.

I met one mother, Zewdnesh Germew, who had two disabled children - one with polio who uses a wheelchair and another with cerebral palsy who is receiving physiotherapy and learning to walk with an aid (see video). It was very moving witnessing him taking his first steps age 11 years. He couldn't stop smiling!

Zwednesh's husband died and she has 2 other children as well so she carries the burden of the whole family. She told me she was so grateful for the support she gets from Cheshire and she doesn't know how she could cope without them. I felt extremely impressed by the service Cheshire is providing and proud that Ethiopiaid supports their work. Thanks to the generosity of our donors families like Zewdnesh's are given the help they so desperately need.


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