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).
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.
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.