Jonah Sialumano visits Wales.

Disability in Wales and Africa (DWA) promote disability issues within the Wales Africa sector.  It seeks to see every development initiative, through Wales Africa Links, including the needs of disabled people.

Jonah Sialumano is the Project Manager of Health Help Zambia in Monze, which is supported by Health Help International based in Newport.  Jonah’s personal experience of disability, as well as his professional work with Disabled Community Groups, gives him insight and messages for us to consider in Wales.  He is currently on a tour of Wales, firstly to raise awareness of the needs of African disabled people within Wales and promote greater solidarity.

Here are some highlights of his tour so far.


Jonah meeting PONT Leaders and activists. Thursday 26th November




Jonah visits Disability Wales. Thursday 26th November


Jonah’s presentation to the Wales for Africa Health Links Network Learning and Sharing event on Tuesday 24th November


Jonah presents to the Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) meeting held by Disability Wales – 25th November








Jonah meets the Brecon Molo Community Partnership. 25th November








SDGs in Easy Read Format

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are everywhere in development circles at the minute. We’re pelased to be able to share an excellent Easy Read resource, courtesy of IDA-IDDC who were supported by CBM, Light for the World & Handicap International.

Click to download the pdf resource: IDA-IDDC Easy Read SDGs

Have you got a favourite goal? If so, be sure to share it with us!

Join DWA to Leave No One Behind

Taking the “No One Left Behind” sentiments, the Beyond 2015 campaign, and the Sustainable Development Goals collectively; DWA invites members of the Wales Africa sector and supporting organisations to agree with and sign up to the following statement:

“Disability in Wales and Africa (DWA) has a vision of societies where disabled people are full, equal, and participatory members of their community in Wales, and particularly in Africa. In the past the needs of disabled people, and their families, have often been sidelined within mainstream development, with actors believing it to be a specialist, standalone, issue. DWA believes that disability should be part of every development initiative. Therefore, Wales Africa Sector activists are invited to sign a pledge to explore, and implement, ways in which this aim can be achieved.”

In return for your support DWA will:

  1. Display your Logo on our Web page.
  2. Advertise your activities.
  3. Include you in our Twitter and Facebook promotions.
  4. Include you on our mailing list for up to date Disability and Development information
  5. Keep you up to date with our activities, publicity and a regular electronic newsletter for which your contribution would be very much welcomed.
  6. Invite you to an Annual Review Meeting along with corresponding reports.


Individuals may also sign up to the above declaration and gain the benefits listed under 3, 4, 5 and 6. This category is open to anyone. However if you are a member of a Wales Africa group or organisation it would be helpful if you could identify which one.


Find all the details you need to register your support, including the form below. Please send completed forms and a copy of your logo to Eleri Williams at:

An Invitation to Join the Disability in Wales and Africa Network

We look forward to hearing from you!

DWA gets Wales Africa Award!

Africa Gold Star Awards 2014

Almost 30 organisations and ten individuals from across Wales were recognised by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) for their work on tackling poverty in 13 African nations at a celebratory event at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on 4 December.

Disability in Wales and Africa was awarded a learning link award for the work we have been doing with our partners to successfully advocate and campaign for disability to become an integral part of the Wales Africa sector.

Africa Gold Star Awards 2014Africa Gold Star Awards 2014

The DWA coordinator, Paul Lindoewood, was also presented with an individual award for his personal contribution to the disability and inclusion agenda within the Wales Africa sector.

Africa Gold Star Awards 2014

Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales addressed the ceremony and gave the Welsh Government’s commitment to support Welsh organisations in fighting global injustice and poverty into the future.

Our organisation is part of the country wide Wales Africa network that involves over 150 voluntary organisations and several thousand volunteers, who work with partners in Sub-Saharan Africa to address a variety of challenges including, health, education, environmental degradation and the rights for marginalised people.

Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales said
“I am deeply proud of what we have achieved through our Wales Africa Community Links programme. None of this would have been possible without the tireless work of the organisations and individuals who have been involved.

“These awards recognise the lengths they have gone to improve the lives of people in both Sub Saharan Africa and Wales.

“This was a chance for us to come together and celebrate the success that they have built over the past 6 years and re-affirm our commitment to fighting global injustice and poverty.”

These awards are the culmination of over six years of support that has been provided by the WCVA’s Wales Africa Community Links programme, which has supported over 150 organisations to deliver around 350 projects across 25 Africa Nations. This year’s awards will also include awardees that have been supported by the Wales International Development Hub, Wales for Africa Health Links Network, Fair Trade Wales and the Sub-Saharan Advisory Panel.

Paul Lindoewood, DWA coordinator said

“Disability in Wales and Africa is delighted to be recognised through these awards. We are not a Link in ourselves, but rather seek to be a catalyst to enable Community and other Links to include disability as part of their work . These awards are a recognition of the work DWA has done in raising awareness of disability issues within the Wales Africa sector. They are also an important milestone in the development of this agenda within Wales and encourage Links to include the needs of disabled people within their activities.”

“It is estimated that 15% of the global population experience disability in some way. The current challenge for groups working in the Wales Africa sector, is not just to mainstream disability work, but also to ensure that whatever initiative they are involved in includes the needs of disabled people.”

“Disabled people are part of every community and they need to be involved in every development initiative.”

We are incredibly grateful to Craig Redmond, a photojournalism student at the University of South Wales, for photographing the awards ceremony for us.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2014

December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

We are delighted to bring you some images from our partners in Embu, Kenya, and their UN Disability Day celebrations.

About Wales pictures Communty and APT DPO members entertainement The awareness parade

The images include an awareness parade, the day’s entertainment, the community looking at the Welsh side of our photo exhibition and appropriate paper-based technology (APT) devices, as well as members of a disabled people’s organisation.

DWA Photo Exhibition

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The DWA photo exhibition recently had an outing to the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which was held in Llanelli. If you were unable to attend the Eisteddfod and missed the opportunity to see the exhibition, do not fear! It’s now available to view online here.

The display was launched last year by Rebecca Evans AM on December 3rd at the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay, to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Following this successful launch we have decided to make the photos accessible to the public electronically and free of charge.

The exhibition is the result of a DWA initiative where disposable cameras were sent to individuals of all ages with disabilities throughout Wales, and in African countries with which DWA has connections, including Kenya.The photos are a response to the questions “what does disability mean to you?” and “does disability impact on your life?” Unsurprisingly, the photos we got back were hugely diverse and individual. We would love to hear your thoughts and interpretations of the display.

DWA is delighted to be able to share the photo exhibition with you electronically. However, there is a portable display which is available for meetings or other events. If you would like more information about the exhibition or to find out about where it is going next, please contact: Trevor Palmer, Tel 01633216644, email