Things you may want to to know…
What's the situation like?
In Ethiopia, a considerable number of children struggle with learning and communication difficulties due to lack of support. Most of the children (and adults) with learning difficulties do not even know what the cause of their problem is and even their teachers and parents don’t know why these children are struggling at school. Tragically, a significant number of children with dyslexia, for example, leave school simply because their teachers think that they are too ‘stupid’ to learn. Others face the daily challenge of living with various speech and/or language difficulties such as stuttering, cleft-related disordered speech, phonological disorders and pragmatic disorders. Clearly these children (and adults with such difficulties) need urgent help. That is why we have set up FANA.
We use practical solutions to provide help and support to individuals, particularly children, with learning and communication difficulties. We work together with schools and communities to raise awareness of learning and communication difficulties and to improve the quality of life of children living with such difficulties.
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.