Financial Problem Threatens Center's Closure
Addis Ababa, June 28, 2001 (WIC)- Founder and General Manager of Adaptive Technology
Center that provided information technology access to visually impaired people said serious
financial problems had threatened the Center's sustainability to offer training.
Ato Tamru Ewnetu who is blind himself and Canadian educated Ethiopian told WIC the center
would totally be incapacitated unless government aid agencies and the private sector
extended their helping hands to strengthen its shaky financial position.
According to Tamiru the centre which was offering computer training to some 10 blind
students was established with 98,000 and 25,000 birr financial assistance from the Canadian
Embassy here and Ethiopian Science and Technology Commission respectively. He said he
himself had offered some 130,000 birr and expertise to establish the center.
He said the Center was offering Internet and Email access to blind people through speech
The establishment of the center which is the first of its kind in Africa could be a Center to
train blind people of the continent if the serious financial problems were solved.
Tamiru called on individuals donor agencies and companies in developed countries to provide
him with standard PCs they usually damp after few years of service.
"Developed countries thrown away used articles, including computers. If these computers
installed in Ethiopia my blind fellows could access information", he said.