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November  09,1999

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Centre For Rehabilitation of Disabled Goes Operational

Jimma, No. 9 (WIC) The Centre for Training and Rehabilitation of the Disabled built in Jimma town by the humanitarian organization called Cheshire Foundation at a cost of one million Birr has gone operational. The head of the foundation's Jimma branch Ato Sileshi Debalke told WIC that the Centre, built on 50,000 square metres of land in Jimma town, has the capacity to accommodate 120 handicapped people.

The Centre has 104 rooms including training, medical, cooking and library facilities and has already started providing vocational training and health services for the disabled.

The Centre is intended to provide vocational training for handicapped people in western Ethiopia with a view to enabling them become self-reliant and productive citizens. Currently, the centre is providing training and rehabilitation services for a total of 72 disabled persons, Ato Sileshi said.