Project #24877

Build an Autism Center for 500 Ethiopian Children

by Nia Foundation


Joy center for Autism in Ethiopia plans to expand its current programs and build a center of excellence that will serve 500 children with Autism and related developmental disorders. The center will be an ideal facility to create access for the rehabilitation , educational and therapeutic services for children with autism in Ethiopia.
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There are an estimated 600,000 children in Ethiopia living with Autism. Due to lack of public awareness about the disorder, lack of focus from the government, lack of interest on the part of professionals to work on the issue and the prevalence of misguided backward believes in the community about the disorder, these children are often chained in their houses and denied access to services that tend to their needs.Joy center provides an educational, therapeutic and joyful space for 500 children.


Our project of building a center of excellence gives 500 enrolled children accesses to state of the art therapy (speech therapy, hydrotherapy, occupational therapy... ), provides group homes for independent living for adults with autism, research and training center that will produce qualified professionals and new strides in the field, training center for parents and a therapeutic center for additional children (not enrolled in the center) with autism and related developmental disorders.

Long-Term Impact

This project will put 500 children with autism in a center that tends to their specific needs along with a living area providing them a brighter and supported future. It will also train many professionals in the field who will be able to put to practice their education in other centers and schools for this special kids. We expect to create a ripple effect in the country and we will be able to tend to all children in Ethiopia living with Autism.


The official website of Nia Foundation
Documentary by Joy center
BBC's focus Africa on Joy center
CNN's African voices about our founder Zemi Yenus

Organization Information

Nia Foundation

Location: Addis Ababa - Ethiopia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Ermias Mekonnen
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
$7,980 raised of $10,000 goal
64 donations
$2,020 to go
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