Research : To empower youth with disabilities

In many developing countries the voices of youth with disabilities are not heard. As persons with
disabilities, they face multiple physical and social barriers to participate fully in society. As young
people, they are typically confronted with societal contributions to society in general. This makes the
empowerment of youth with disabilities a crucial goal to pursue. The question is, however, what is
needed for such empowerment to occur. While there is an extensive literature on empowerment, very
few studies have examined interventions targeting youth with disabilities. Drawing on evidence in
Zambia, this paper seeks to address this gap.

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The Cheshire Homes Society Zambia Inclusive Education comes through for Young Emmanuel Phiri

The Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia Inclusive Education Project is positively impacting the lives of more than 400 children with disabilities in Eastern Province through various intervention. The Project recently facilitated Emmanuel Phiri aged 15yrs old with physical disability and in grade 4 for surgery.

Emmanuel had an injury which caused dislocation of the bones and eventual physical disability. His family was unable to sponsor him for treatment in Lusaka due to inadequate finances. Upon being enrolled at Kabvumbe school (Petauke), the Inclusive Education Project facilitated for his travel to Lusaka and was treated at Beit Cure Hospital. Emmanuel is now ok and even able to play football with his friends.

Upon being interviewed Emmanuel Phiri indicated as follows, “I am extremely grateful to Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia for helping me to get my normal life back and I can now even play football with my friends. May God continue to bless Cheshire.”

Cheshire Homes Society Zambia has been a part of many a child / person with a disability’s life and we shall continue to be there for many more,with the help and support of all out there,those that have been with us all this while (we are eternally grateful) and those yet to come forth,the future is bright if we stand together. #leavenoonebehind

(Below are pictures of Emmanuel and friends.Starting with Before the surgery and then followed by after the surgery as he plays with friends.)

The Youth Action Project – The Youths with a disability monitor Parliamentarian debates

Last week, on the 5th of July,2019, the Youths with Disabilities attended the parliamentarian sitting. They were monitoring parliamentarian debates to assess how often motions on disability issues are raised by parliamentarians during their sittings.
The Youth Actions on the ‘Implementation and Monitoring of Disability Rights in Zambia’ Project under Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia is funded by the European Union to empower Youths with Disabilities to advocate for their rights. #nooneshouldbeleftbehind

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More on their findings and experience to be published in the next blog.

Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia (CHSZ) is seeking for the services of a legal expert (Consultant) who is well versed on disability issues in Zambia. The Consultant is required to conduct a study on policy frameworks analysis.

ADVERTISEMENT FOR LEGAL EXPERT ON POLICY ANALYSIS OF LEGAL FRAMEWORKS ON DISABILITY ISSUES IN ZAMBIA.

Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia (CHSZ) seeks the services of a legal expert who is well versed on disability issues in Zambia to conduct a study on policy frameworks analysis. Below is a brief outline of the terms of reference
ToR for study on analysis of National Policy frameworks and production of policy briefs
• Carry out an analysis of disability policy frameworks of Zambia
• Assess implementation gaps in the policy frameworks
• Inform the Youth Actions Project on cause of action
• Produce policy briefs as informed by analysis report on the following focus areas
1. Education
2. Health
3. Economic participation
4. Political participation
5. Access to Justice
Qualified, experienced and interested legal experts are kindly requested to submit the following documents;

• A technical and financial proposal including:
o The understanding of Terms of Reference (ToR)
o The time frames for :
a) production and submission of analysis report and
b) production and submission of the five policy briefs to the following kamima2006@yahoo.co.uk copying info@leonardcheshire.org.zw; patiencekanguma@yahoo.com ; by 25/06/2019.

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR STUDY ON NATIONAL POLICY FRAMEWORK TO MAINSTREAM DISABILITY RIGHTS IN ZAMBIA

  1. Introduction

 Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia (CHSZ) is a non-profit making disability service organisation. CHSZ is a member of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Global Alliance operating in 54 countries across the globe. CHSZ national Office is situated in the capital OF Zambia Lusaka. The organisation envisions a society in which every person with a disability can enjoy their rights and have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Its mission is to enable people with disabilities (PwDs) to improve their quality of life and to campaign for the removal of the barriers which hinder them. CHSZ values and promotes a culture of disability inclusion, openness and self-sustenance through implementation of various projects throughout Zambia. One of the projects CHSZ implements is called Youth Actions on the Implementation and Monitoring of Disability Rights in Zambia and Zimbabwe.

  1. Background to the Project, Youth Actions on the Implementation and Monitoring of Disability Rights in Zambia and Zimbabwe

The project is a tripartite partnership action being implemented in two countries involving Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe (LCDZ) in partnership with Development Aid from People to People Zimbabwe (DAPP) and Cheshire Home Society of Zambia (CHSZ). The project seeks to address the gaps arising out of slow implementation of disability policies in Zambia and Zimbabwe which are manifesting through high poverty levels, illiteracy among others among persons with disabilities.

  1. Overall objective of the project

The overall objective of the project is to contribute towards the promotion, respect, protection and equal and full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disability in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

  1. Rationale for carrying out study

Given the above background, the implementation of the project requires an analysis of the national policy frameworks to find pathways to mainstream disability rights. It is from policy analysis, that the project will identify areas that needs focus and attention. We therefore, anticipate the analysis report to guide in the production of policy briefs on education, health, economic and political participation, and access to justice for persons with disabilities.

In light of this, Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia (CHSZ) therefore seeks the services of a legal expert who is well versed on disability issues in Zambia to conduct the study. Below is a brief outline of the terms of reference

  1. ToR for study on analysis of National Policy frameworks and production of policy briefs
  • Carry out an analysis of disability policy frameworks of Zambia
  • Assess implementation gaps in the policy frameworks
  • Inform the Youth Actions Project on cause of action
  • Produce policy briefs as informed by analysis report on the following focus areas
  1. Education
  2. Health
  3. Economic participation
  4. Political participation
  5. Access to Justice

 

  1. Deliverables
  • Carry out an analysis of disability policy frameworks of Zambia
  • Assess implementation gaps in the policy frameworks
  • Inform the Youth Actions Project on cause of action
  • Produce a detailed report on the Policy Analysis
  • Produce policy briefs as informed by analysis report on the following focus areas

 What are we expecting for the report and how big etc

At the end of the exercise, the consultant should be able to give a comprehensive report including identified gaps and the report should have not more than thirty five (35) pages.

Qualified, experienced and interested legal experts are kindly requested to submit the following documents;

  • A technical and financial proposal including:
    • The understanding of Terms of Reference (ToR)
    • The time frames for a) production and submission of analysis report and
  1. b) production and submission of the five policy briefs;

To the following kamima2006@yahoo.co.uk copying info@leonardcheshire.org.zw; and patiencekanguma@yahoo.com

Learning event breaking down barriers in Lusaka, Zambia May 29 2019

Cheshire homes Society of Zambia together with its partners/donors Lilianefonds and Africa Studies Centre hosted key stakeholders for the learning event of the project called breaking down barriers with four (4) local research students from the University of Zambia. The students were able to showcase their research findings  with focus on inclusive education and Community based Rehabilitation. The lessons learnt from these researches has enabled Cheshire  Homes Society of Zambia and its key stakeholder to identify and document significant challenge/gaps in project delivery and this will help improve disability advocacy in Zambia.

During the event many key stakeholders participated this include some senior government officials, CSOs, Representatives of DPOs and representatives from our Partner Organisations, the media. During the event we also had special Guests from  Netherlands Mrs. Anneke Donker representative from Lilianefonds and Dr. Willem Elbers from Africa Studies Centre/ Leiden University who are the project leaders. Mr Thomas Mtonga lecturer from University of Zambia local coordinator of the project played a critical role as moderator for the event.

 

Looking for an Intern to support our Communication Department and to be Based at Cheshire CBR Programme

The overall task to support the organisation visibility such as creation/management of website, social media activities and support implementation of the communication strategies.

The specific Tasks for the Intern include;

  1. Contribute to creation of website and social media (facebook, twitter/whatsapp)
  2. Creating and uploading relevant articles, audio files, images/photographs and video on the website and social media
  3. Promoting the image of Cheshire CBR; branding, advertising, capture documentaries, events and campaigns
  4. Contributing to the development and execution of communications material

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills (English).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent computer knowledge and skills.

How to Apply: Submit your CV and cover letter to cheshirezambiajobs@yahoo.com or Mailing Address to The Programme Manager,  Cheshire CBR, P.O BOX 320059, Lusaka open applications until 4th May 2019.

Cheshire homes Society of Zambia launches a project on the Youth action in the implementation and monitoring of disability rights

Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia launched a project which will jointly be implemented in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe and DAPP on the implementation and monitoring of disability rights in Zambia and Zimbabwe. This project is being funded by the European Union. In Zambia the launch was officiated by Honourable Minister for Community Development and Social services Hon, Olipa Phiri MP. Therefore several key stakeholders such as Senior Government Officials, Civil Society Organisations, Disabled People’s Organisation, the media, Youth with disabilities, Learning institutions were among people present during this event.

Job Opportunity at Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia

Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia seeks to hire a qualified candidate to fill in the Position of Project Manager on JDs IE Projectthe Inclusive Education Project be based in Chipata, Eastern Zambia.

 Job title:               Project Manager – Inclusive Education Project

Reporting to:          Executive Director, Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia

Location:                Chipata, Zambia

Overall Responsiblity:

Assuming full responsibility for the overall management of the inclusive education project finances, programmes, monitoring, learning and evaluation, staff, relationships with Government ministries, communities and partners.

Purpose of the Job

  • Effectively managing project finances, staff and resources.
  • Taking the lead in the development, sharing and dissemination of monthly Key Performance Indicator reports, quarterly and annual reports, case studies and human interest stories.
  • Taking the lead in facilitating health and educational assessments, providing practical support to teachers, and facilitating training for project staff.
  • Managing the project communication and visibility plan.
  • Working with partners to develop, manage, implement, monitor, evaluate, report on and learn from the inclusive education project.
  • Taking the lead in developing work plans and managing the monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning function of the inclusive education project.
  • Assessing training needs of key stakeholders including partners, government officials, and leading on capacity building training on disability and inclusive education.
  • Taking responsibility for identifying external training providers as necessary.
  • Developing resources and communication materials on disability, inclusive education and livelihoods.
  • Developing links and building relationships with key parner officials, DPOs, NGOs / INGOs and government ministries.
  • Taking the lead on sharing best practices and learning related to inclusive education with key stakeholders.
  • Participating in and representing CHSZ at relevant education forums, networks and meetings.
  • Supporting the development of new programmes for CHSZ.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Development Studies, Project Management, Social Work, Health Sciences, or any other relevant qualification. A masters degree will be an added advantage.

Essential other requirements:

  • At least 5 years’ experience working in education, development, or social work.
  • Experience of developing and managing effective relationships with stakeholders.
  • Ability to travel within Zambia and ready to work with rural and vulnerable communities.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills (English).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Able to work in a team environment.
  • Experience in managing institutional donor funds.
  • Ability to work independently and ready to work outside normal work hours.
  • Good understanding of budgets and financial management.
  • Excellent computer knowledge and skills.

How to Apply: Applicant must submit their credentials that is CV and cover letter to cheshirezambiajobs@yahoo.com or Mailing Address to The Executive Director P.O BOX 320059, Lusaka before 15th February 2019.

Job Vacancy Communication and Resource mobilisation Officer at Cheshire homes Society of Zambia

Assuming full responsibility for the overall Organisation communication and resource mobilisation role, support organisation visibility such as management of website, social media activities and support implementation of the communication and resource mobilisation strategies. Support the relationship with different stakeholders such as Government ministries, communities, partners and donor to be reporting to the Executive Director.

How to Apply: Applicant must submit their credentials that is CV and cover letter to cheshirezambiajobs@yahoo.com or Mailing Address to The Executive Director P.O BOX 320059, Lusaka before 18th January 2019.