About Our Organization

Background

The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi (FEDOMA) was founded in 1999, as an umbrella organization of Persons with Disabilities in Malawi to provide a unified voice for all DPOs.

FEDOMA has a specific mandate as the voice of people with disabilities of all kinds throughout Malawi and in acting on their behalf, ensuring that people with disabilities have access to services and support that the able bodied community takes for granted.

FEDOMA is registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act and the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) and works in liaison with the Ministry Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare.

Currently, there  are 12 Disabled People Organisations (DPOs) affiliated  to FEDOMA as follows:

  • Malawi Union of the Blind (MUB).
  • Disabled Women in Development (DIWODE).
  • Malawi National Association of the Deaf (MANAD).
  • Spinal Injuries Association of Malawi (SIAM)
  • Parents of Disabled Children Association in Malawi (PODCAM).
  • Association of persons with Albinism of Malawi (APAM).
  • Association of the Physically Disabled in Malawi (APDM).
  • Disabled Widows Orphans Organisation in Malawi (DWOOM)
  • National Epilepsy Association(NEA)
  • Disability rights Movement
  • Visual and Hearing Impaired Association of Malawi(VIHEMA)
  • Mental Health Users and Cares Association (MEHUCA)

The organisation is staffed and managed by an inclusive mix of persons with disabilities and persons without disabilities.  This mix is reflected through the staff, the Board and the Trustees.  The organisation is led, on behalf of the Trustees and Board by the Executive Director. An elected volunteer Board made up of representatives of the eight development partner organisations manages FEDOMA.  Elected voluntary officers within the Board – the Chairperson, the Secretary and Treasurer – work with the Secretariat Staff to ensure proper compliance with Board of governance.  In addition to the Executive Board there is a legally constituted Board of Trustees that ensures that the organisation is in full compliance with the legal requirements of Malawi and company law as it relates to national NGO’s.

 

Board of Trustee Executive Council
Mrs. Mary Mabviko (Chairperson) Ms. Nitta Hanjahanja (Chairperson)
Mr. Geoffrey Wawanya Mr. Mapopa Shaba (Vice Chairperson)
Ms. Odillia Phiri Ms. Catherine Gondwe (General Secretary)
Professor H Kanyogolo Mrs. Bertha Malaya (Vice General Secretary)
Professor Makhuwira Mrs. Muchaneta Mukhiwa (Treasure)

Council Members

  • Scader Louis
  • Wachimwa
  • George Matipwili
  • Manda
  • Dalitso Ngwira
  • Funny Singini
  • Simon Thom

Vision Statement

FFEDOMA strives for an inclusive barrier free society where every individual is able to maximize their fullest potential

Mission Statement

FEDOMA is an umbulla of Disability Organisation which works to unifie, coordinate efforts and strengthern the advocay work its affiliates for the well-being  of Persons with Disabilites in Malawi

FEDOMA Objectives

  • to promote and advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities,
  • to advocate for and monitor the equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities as stipulated in the United Nation’s Standard Rules,
  • to coordinate the formation and strengthen the capacity of the affiliated DPOs.

Values

  • Integrity
  • Non-partisan
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Equality
  • Participation
  • Respect for Human rights
  • Tolerance
  • Commitment
  • Objectivity
  • Equal opportunities (equity)
  • Flexibility
  • Team work
  • Honesty
  • Gender sensitivy
  • Good governance
  • Belief in God

 

How can I work with FEDOMA?

At The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi (FEDOMA), we are eager to work with different people willing to help persons with disabilities realize their rights.

Please find our different ways you can enroll with us here.

How to help with resource mobilisation?

You do not necessarily need to be a donor to help FEDOMA. You can still help us by connecting us with potential donors out there, if you have some connections. Or better still, if you have proposal writing skills, we welcome your support with drafting new proposals or editing existing proposals that can help us win more donations.

Can i help with policy analysis?

Inclusive policies are a catalyst for development, more especially the realization of different rights that persons with disabilities have. If you have expertise in policy analysis, we welcome you support in helping analyze different policies and how they affect persons with disabilities in Malawi.

How can i help with UNCRPD advocacy?

Malawi signed the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) on 27 September 2007, and subsequently ratified it on 27 August 2009.

You can help to put pressure on our political leaders in ensuring the implementation of the UNCRPD to ensure that the State fulfill its duties and obligations enshrined in the Convention so that  persons with disabilities enjoy their rights and welfare.

You can do it by, for instance, posting on your Facebook wall, talking about it on your twitter, Blogging about it, writing letter to editors in the Botswana;s leading newspapers, among other things.

How else do i get involved?

  • By volunteering at FEDOMA
  • By taking part in FEDOMA’s advocacy activities on the UNCRPD as already mentioned above
  • By giving/donating to us so that we fulfill our mandate for persons with disabilities, and
  • Many other ways of getting yourself involved with our work. If you have any other ideas that we have not mentioned on this website on how you get involved, please feel free to contact us here.