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Ein Kind mit Behinderung sitzt lachend neben seinen Klassenkameradinnen. Sie tragen alle einen rosa Pulli. Die Lehrerin beugt sich über das Kind und hält seine Hand, während es in dem Heft vor ihm zu schreiben versucht.
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Light for the World in Ethiopia promotes eye health, champions inclusive education, fights neglected tropical diseases and breaks down barriers preventing disability inclusion—including in contexts of humanitarian action.

We work holistically: from government eye health policy to community eye health service delivery, from human resource development to equipment provision and school eye health.

We are proud of our system change approach in promoting people-centred quality care across the entire country. We work hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health, eye health professionals, organisations of people with disabilities, teachers and local health and rehabilitation workers.

Our flagship inclusive education work is changing the futures of children with disabilities. We train, support and empower parents, schools and the whole community – as well as address the needs of individual children.

We work with partners, including the Ministry of Education, schools and colleges of teacher training centres. We aim for lasting change. Light for the World recognises people with disabilities as rights holders who are key to Ethiopia’s future. Working in partnership with organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs), we exist to strengthen the entire system.

The wider environment in Ethiopia supports progress on eye health and disability inclusion in the community. However, challenges, including security, pandemics and a severe lack of services, remain.

“Our colleagues and partners at Light for the World Ethiopia have achieved so much already, but we are even more ambitious about our future. From a new Disability Inclusion Academy to system strengthening within eye health and inclusive education, I am so proud of the progress we keep on making towards an inclusive society for all.”

Aynalem Tefera, Country Director, Light for the World Ethiopia