Lisliojulikana – Crowd Funding

In September we posted about “Lisilojulikana” (“The Unknown”), a drama film about a Kenyan girl with Cerebral Palsy and her struggle to be accepted by the community that she ends up living in. The film was made by Purple Field Productions and is made in Swahili, with English subtitles.

The film was made in Swahili and there are plans for it to be dubbed into Chichewa to make it accessible to a greater audience. To raise the money to do this Purple Fields Production have started a crowd funding campaign, please give generously if this is an issue you feel passionately about. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about the other PFP films on cerebral palsy click here and be sure to like them on Facebook.

Donate to Somaliland Mental Health Support Organisation

Disability is not something which only affects physical health. It can also affect mental health. Somaliland Mental Health Support Organisation is a non-profitable organisation based in the UK, that aims to improve and support those people who suffer from mental health conditions in Somaliland.

Please consider donating to their cause. Find all details on the form SomalilandMentalHealth or at:

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

Working With Low Tech Resources

For many Welsh people, one of the biggest issues, when working with disabled people in Africa, is the low level resource available compared with Wales. The Welsh disability industry, of relatively high technology administered by specially trained staff, simply does not is unlikely to exist in Africa. Additionally, the professional training may not be as up to date, compared to what might be expected in Wales. Finally, in Wales, we are often constrained by Health and Safety Regulation. The sight of a teenage girl with Brittle Bone Disease, riding on the back of her brother’s bicycle, may well be regarded as “adventurous” in Wales.

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