Ongoing trainings and further education activities at Addis Guzo

We have often reported that the mutual exchange of knowledge is very important to us. In the six years in which Addis Guzo is active in Ethiopia, an incredible amount of know-how has developed. We have become an educational center and we want to continue being this in the years to come.

The following pictures provide an insight into the manifold wisdom, which is offered here and there.< /span>

There is also a lot of knowledge transfer and training going on at our partner project in Switzerland rollaid - wheelchair recycling aids for relief organizations. In 2018 we will work closely together with the newly founded association rollaid ( and the organization Qualifutura ( In the rollaid workshop, the collected wheelchairs are prepared by participants of Qualifutura's vocational integration program and only then shipped to Ethiopia. The rollaid project combines three socio-politically significant aspects: Vocational Integration in Switzerland, Humanitarian Aid abroad and Recycling.

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Patric in the rollaid workshop in Interlaken, Switzerland


Photo gallery training center Addis Guzo

Markus explains mechanical details of wheelchair brakes to the wheelchair technicians Dennu and Zewdou.

Esaias (on the right), one of our wheelchair basketball coaches, shows to Tamirat, our Country Director, how to mount the wheel support plate.

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Abiye from the wheelchair workshop provides his skills to social workers in Bishoftu.

Shoa has a lot of experience in welding. He shares his knowledge with Eyasu and Biniyam, the two apprentices at Addis Guzo.

To new clients in Adama (Oromiya region), he explains the wheelchair handling.

At the rehabilitation center for families with disabled children, Misile, our physiotherapist, explains to the mother of Kana how to position to legs correctly.

And she herself is instructed by Helen, an experienced occupational therapist from Berne, about the importance of body rotation for children with movement disorders.

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Children learn through activities. This is offered to them in many inspiring situations in the rehabilitation center .

Our economic empowerment groups, also called IGA groups (Income Generating Activities) are not only trained in manual and crafting skills. On the way to economic independence, additional knowledge is needed. Leti and Hewan, our social workers in Ethiopia, teach the women in the pottery workshop basic business management skills. They have attended a TOT (Training of Trainers) seminar at the local women's organization WISE.

Martina has a flair for the right words at the right moment. Here she checks with Amete from the doll workshop HAYA Dolls, whether eyes and mouth are placed correctly.

Christine explains to Yerus from the tailloring workshhop, how to prepare a new pattern for a ladies' skirt.

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André has spent several weeks as a volunteer with our candle production group. Here he himselfs is learning how to make the traditional church candles Tuaf.

Wheelchair basketball is an important part of our sports program. At the beginning of October, Jess Markt offered a multi-day training on behalf of the ICRC.

The program included the training of specialists to classify players according to international standards. Misile, our physiotherapist took part in it.

Alem, a very experienced wheelchair basketball player was trained at the ICRC seminar as a referee. That he also is able lead a training, shows this picture with a sports class from the nearest public school.

So if we put all the building blocks on top of each other an impressive educational pyramid is created. We hope that this will become broader and higher in the coming years. 


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