DAN Somaliland
We work with and for the children and adults with disabilities

Disabilities Action Network (DAN) founded in 2002 is a nonprofit organization created to work towards an Inclusive, Barreir-Free and Rights Based Society for Persons with Disabilities in Somaliland. To achieve our mission, we do Physical Rehabilitation Services, Disability Prevention, Political Participation and Human Rights Promotion, Protection and Fulfilment. We work with different supporting partners including Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA), Handicap International, World Vision International, Chemonics International, ABILIS Foundation and "A Leg to Stand On (ALTSO)". We are trying to expand our horizons by proving access to inclusive education, create employment opportunities and develop a social work department where people can seek out resources in their communities.

DAN's Current Activities Include:

  • Disability Mainstreaming, Human Rights Promotion, Protection and Fulfilment and Public Awareness Raising on Disability to develop a collective disability conciousness.
  • Advocacy and Lobbying at policy and legislative level for disability inclusive society.
  • Protection of Children with Disabilities from Violence, Abuse, Exploitation and Neglect
  • 5 Orthopedic Workshops, in the capital and in the regions, that produce devices of all types (prostheses, orthoses, orthopedic shoes, wheelchairs, crutches, etc.) to improve mobility for the physically impaired individuals towards empowerment.
  • 4 Physiotherapy Departments to prevent, correct or reduce the severity of the impairments by means of therapeutic exercises, massage, heat and cold therapy as well as electrotherapy.
  • Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) program in 3 regions (Maroodi-Jeex, Togdheer and Sanaag).
  • Parent Get-together Workshops for peer support, experience sharing and capacity building through counseling, medical information and managing activities of Daily living
  • Training of Medical Staff on infant and child disability prevention and early detection for feferral and intervention.

We want to expand our organization by providing more services. Possible areas of expansion opportunities include:

  • Education Department to find schools in the area that are suitable for our young clients
  • Social work Department to help our clients find proper resources in order to expand their horizons
  • Skills Training Department to help our clients find adequate employment so that they can become productive members of society

Mobility and Restoring functional ability are the first steps towards social and economic integration of physically impaired persons and enjoying and accessing basic human rights including having the same opportunities available to other member of society.

Without appropriate physical rehabilitation, the people with disabilities become increasingly isolated and trapped in the vicious disability cycle.

First things first:

  • Physical rehabilitation is needed to ensure the full participation and inclusion in society of persons with disabilities. It is the 1st and most crucial step for inclusion.
  • Physical rehabilitation services must be accessible and equitable. They should be available at urban and village levels and for all types of impairments whatever the cause might be.
  • Physical rehabilitation leads to independence and personal autonomy as well as the ability to take control of one's own life!
  • Once the physically impaired persons stand and moves around, his/her self-esteem as well as acceptance by others around increases!