Universal Design in Ethiopia


Mar 03 Spotlight



A Group of Kids in Front of Their School
A Group of Kids in Front of Their School

This year we completed our first playground specifically focused on ensuring inclusive design to create fun and exercise for children of all abilities. This project, based in Hawassa, Ethiopia at the Leku Primary School was nearly two years in the making and included partnership from many different directions.  With generous funding from the St. Joseph Community Foundation, our team was able to make two trips to Ethiopia, one for in-depth planning in September of 2018, and finally for the playground construction in February of 2019. Only with the incredible support of our on-the-ground partners at the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development was this project able to take form. Through this effort, new organizations were trained, new designs were created, new partnerships were formed, new curriculum was drafted, and one more school benefitted from a replicable playground project. We look forward to seeing where this new endeavor leads over the coming months and years.


Trying Out the First Wheelchair Swing

“I have to be honest with you, it was my greatest dream to be part of the something which involves kindness and voluntary act to help those who are in need. It is always good to give back to the community. I don’t have words to explain how the kids were happy and enjoying themselves on the playgrounds… being part of the project made me realize how it is great to be able to contribute”


Milan Ye Enatu Lij, Ethiopian volunteer (translation)

Braille Alphabet and Number Station in Front of Full Playground
Version of Tether Ball
Version of Tether Ball