Disability Aid Foundation (DAF) is a disability – focused organization that seeks to empower Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and their communities in Somalia and across Africa. The foundation advocates for the rights, inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities. DAF works with multidisciplinary team, applying a trans-disciplinary approach with partners and communities to build an inclusive society where persons with disabilities have equal access to education, health, and social protection services.
DAF focuses on persons with disabilities because they are extremely marginalized and affected by protracted conflict in Somalia. PWDs are disproportionately and likely to live in poverty due to the humanitarian crisis and, too often, lack access to education, health care, employment opportunities, housing, social protection systems, justice, cultural expression and participation in development. The ability of persons with disabilities to participate in society is often frustrated because of a variety of societal, environmental, and communication barriers. They remain vulnerable and marginalized, may be hidden at homes, missed in needs assessments, and not consulted in development of programs. Our aim is therefore to: