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Disability Rights Unit in Malawi (DRUM) funded by OSISA

The DRF project aims to promote the full implementation and domestication of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in Malawi through the establishment of an independent monitoring unit. In addition, it aims at ensuring the implementation of the Disability Act which is also in line with the UNCRPD.The project will also produce an alternative or shadow report on the UNCRPD. FEDOMA in collaboration with Malawi Law Society and Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation intends to strengthen Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPO) in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in Malawi by giving them a pivotal role in monitoring the implementation f the UNCRPD as well as the Disability Act.

The Project runs from 1st September 2014 to 31st August 2015.

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  1. Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA)
  2. United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
  3. Malawi Law Society (MLS)
  4. Centre For Human Rights And Rehabilitation (CHRR)


Inclusive Microfinance and Sustainable livelihoods Project funded by CBM.

In 2010 FEDOMA with assistance from Gorta of Ireland rolled out a microfinance project in Machinga district. The purpose of empowering persons with disabilities (PwDs) economically by offering microcredits. Initiative succeeding in reference to over 90% repayment rate.
However a VSL approach was considered more effective to PwDs in need of micro-entrepreneurship. PwDs falling in the category of small to medium entrepreneurship were opted for a link up program with existing microfinance firms.
As of August 2014 CUMO registered 103 beneficiaries in Salima district.

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  1. The Gorta of Ireland


Communities of Practice for Disability for Disability Advocacy and Mainstream (COPDAM) funded by European Union.



  1. Facilitation of mainstreaming of disability in plans and programmes of government.
  2. Creation of institutional arrangements for promoting disability as an integral component of government’s development agenda;
  3. Development and monitoring of a National Disability Mainstreaming Strategy (NDMS);
  4. Capacity building of FEDOMA in disability mainstreaming & creation of awareness on rights based approaches to disability and development.

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Expanding of the participation of persons with disabilities in local government systems funded by CBM

FEDOMA in partnership with CBM embarked on this project in 2012. It is funded by the Scottish government The project aims at creating best practises for the Malawian context through its design of empowering DPOs to effectively access development committees of local government in order to lobby for inclusion from local level upwards to national level, and with focus on three districts; namely, Lilongwe, Salima and Nkhotakota.

The project is now taking shape with the active participation of the DPO leaders at the district level and increased commitment on the part of the district authorities.

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  1. Scottish Government


Promoting the Inclusion of Children with disabilities into basic education funded by World Bank.

A three-year Project completed in September 2013, entitled "Promoting Inclusion of Children with Disabilities into Basic Education for All" in three districts, namely Salima, Mchinji, and Lilongwe (Rural & Urban). This was multi-sectoral partnership involving FEDOMA, the Parents of Disabled Children in Malawi (PODCAM), and the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST) through its Directorate of Special Needs Education (DSNE). Funded by the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF), through the World Bank, the development objective of the Grant tested innovative methods to promote the enrolment of children with disabilities currently excluded from mainstream schools. It also attempted to influence the development of an inclusive education policy framework.

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  1. Parents of Disabled Children in Malawi (PODCAM)
  2. Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST)
  3. Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF)

Increasing Survival and Reducing Poverty of Adults and Children with Disabilities in Malawi.

FEDOMA is implementing a School inclusion project with funding from DFID though Motivation Charitable Trust. The project is titled; Increasing Survival and Reducing Poverty of Adults and Children with Disabilities in Malawi. The project is in its second year and is expected to wind up in March 2017. Currently, Patric Ulaya is the coordinator of the project which has PODCAM and MACOHA as other implementing partners.

  • Donor: DFID through Motivation Charitable Trust
  • Implementing Partners: FEDOMA, PODCAM and MACOHA,MAP,Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital
  • Districts: Blantyre, Machinga, Dedza, Lilongwe and Rumphi.
  • T/As: Kuntaja, Chikweo, Kaphuka, Chitukula and Chiayembe
  • 25 Schools were selected, that is, 5 schools per district where parents were to be trained in inclusion. Out of those 25 schools, 15 were recommended for inclusion trainings that targeted school teachers as well as community representatives. Further to this 10 schools, have been earmarked for school infrastructure modifications.


    Key objective of the project relates to promoting equal access to education amongst learners. The idea is that learners with physical disabilities, mostly those who uses wheelchair are attending classes without barriers.

    The objective is expected to be achieved through training of parents of children with disabilities on how to encourage their children to attend schools, training communities within the selected schools in inclusion practices and training teachers in the selected schools in inclusion. Further to this, the inclusive objective will be achieved through modification of some infrastructures in selected schools so that the schools are accessible to learners on wheelchairs.

    Implementation Procedures

    FEDOMA’s role is that of facilitating the inclusion trainings through inclusion trainers, conducting access audit in schools in readiness for modifications. FEDOMA is the organisation that is responsible for modification of schools. Parents of Disabled Children Association of Malawi (PODCAM) is responsible for conducting parents/guardians training on caring of cerebral palsy(CP) and other physically disabled children. Malawi Council for the Handicap (MACOHA) is responsible for self help groups mobilisation where these parents/guardians assemble for discussions of disability issues.

    Targeted Beneficiaries

    Principle beneficiaries of the project are children with disabilities. However persons with disabilities are also beneficiaries since they will benefit from the modified classes in terms of participating in community based meetings at these school premises. Community in general will benefit in the project since their children with disabilities, mostly those who use wheelchairs, will be assisted to acquire basic education which will be a step towards higher education and therefore self reliance. Primary school teachers are expected to gain knowledge in inclusion which will assist them to reach out to learners with disabilities on equal basis with others. As such primary school teachers are also beneficiaries of the intervention.

    Project Outcomes

    The initiative intends to achieve the following during the two year period that it is being implemented:

  • Increase in enrollment in the selected schools regarding learners who uses wheelchairs.
  • Increased retention rate for learners with disabilities in the selected schools.
  • Decrease in absenteeism amongst targeted learners.
  • More positive perception towards learners with disabilities amongst teachers participating in the project
  • Parents encouraging their children with disabilities to go to school.
  • Communities monitoring progress of learners with disabilities in the selected schools
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