People with disabilities in Somalia are often disregarded by their families because they are thought to be a terrible burden to the family and add stigma to the community. Therefore, it is up to local organizations to take care of them and teach society that people with disabilities have a right to live a prosperous life.
Disability Action Network, founded in 2002, is a nonprofit organization created to support the needs of people with disabilities in Somaliland. DAN is based in Hargeisa, North-West Somalia (Somaliland). The organization was founded by the management team of Hargeisa Rehabilitation Centre (HRC) and other members consisting of People with Disabilities (PWD). It was created in the post-war context of the country to respond to the various needs of the PWD of our war-torn society and to help PWD help themselves.
Although DAN was only legally registered in 2002, it has provided services under the HRC since 1992.