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
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:
- Display your Logo on our Web page.
- Advertise your activities.
- Include you in our Twitter and Facebook promotions.
- Include you on our mailing list for up to date Disability and Development information
- Keep you up to date with our activities, publicity and a regular electronic newsletter for which your contribution would be very much welcomed.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
An Invitation to Join the Disability in Wales and Africa Network
We look forward to hearing from you!
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! Itâ€™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 â€œwhat does disability mean to you?â€ and “does disability impact on your life?â€ 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 email@example.com