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Special Olympics has 21 accredited programs addressing the needs of African people with an intellectual disability in the areas of sport, health, education and leadership. Special Olympics contributes significantly in addressing the correlation between disability and poverty, a key issue for the continent.

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Stories From Africa


August 27, 2014 | Africa: Malawi

Bringing Safer Water to Families in Malawi

By David Evangelista

Families in three major areas of Malawi will receive water transport and water security supplies as part of a new partnership between the government of Malawi, Special Olympics Malawi and PackH2O.View Story Families in three major areas of Malawi will receive water transport and water security supplies as part of a new partnership between the government of Malawi, Special Olympics Malawi and PackH2O. Families in Salima, Nkata Bay and Mchinji will get the supplies and training on how to use them in community forums. PackH2O provides waterproof backpacks that allow clean water to be carried more easily and securely than in buckets and jerry cans. The initiative is designed to empower families and entire communities to utilize new tools to ensure safer water transport and water security. Through the support of the Malawi Ministry of Disability, and leading development agencies like UNICEF, Special Olympics Malawi successfully delivered 150 water backpacks to families, while providing important health education on safe drinking water, disease prevention, and more. Special Olympics and PackH2O are keen to provide continuity of services and supplies to Kenya and Malawi, while expanding into more countries both in Africa and other regions. This project and others throughout Africa are the products of an African Leaders Forum on Disability held earlier this year in Malawi. That forum brought together Special Olympics with leaders of governments and aid agencies throughout Africa.

About David Evangelista:I am the Vice President of Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.
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August 26, 2014 | Africa: Swaziland

Special Olympics Participates in Violence Against Children Conference

By Annemarie van Wieringen

Special Olympics and key leaders from government and civil society, as well as representatives from 20 countries, met recently to translate data on violence against children in to concrete response mechanisms – and action.View Story In a meeting organized by the Kingdom of Swaziland, UNICEF and Together for Girls, with support from the U.S government, key leaders from government and civil society, as well as representatives from 20 countries, united to translate data on violence against children in to concrete response mechanisms – and action. “Violence against children not only violates the rights of children but also brings long-term pain to the victims and their families...undermining their potential for national development,” said Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Swaziland, Senator Paul Dlamini. The participation of Special Olympics in the Violence Against Children conference represents a growing presence of Special Olympics in the international cooperation space, namely in ensuring that the post-2015 Millennium Development Goal framework includes people with intellectual disabilities.

About Annemarie van Wieringen:I am the Director of Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.
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August 26, 2014 | Africa: Senegal

Speak Up Africa: Putting Words Into Action

By Annemarie van Wieringen

Rajah Diouri, SO Senegal and Yacine Djibo, Speak Up Africa, sign the Lilongwe Declaration on Intellectual Disability

Speak Up Africa has become the latest signatory to the Lilongwe Declaration on Intellectual Disability, adding their voice to a growing number of organizations in Africa committed to improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.View Story Speak Up Africa has become the latest signatory to the Lilongwe Declaration on Intellectual Disability, adding their voice to a growing number of organizations in Africa committed to improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. The signing ceremony took place during Special Olympics Senegal's National Games. Speak Up Africa is a creative health communications and advocacy organization dedicated to catalyzing African leadership, enabling policy change, securing resources and inspiring action for the most pressing issue affecting Africa’s future: child health. The two organizations have begun local collaboration around global health issues facing people with intellectual disabilities and their families, namely that of combating malaria. The partnership demonstrates the important role that collaboration between NGOs and civil society play in reaching common goals and is an example of the many positive outcomes of the African Leaders Forum on Disability.

About Annemarie van Wieringen:I serve as the Director of Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.
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August 19, 2014 | Africa: Malawi

Play Soccer Malawi Federation supports our athletes

By Mr Felix Chisowa

Special Olympics provide a gateway to empowerment, fulfillment and joy. Our work would not be possible without our donors and supporters. Play Soccer Malawi Federation’s donation of 420 soccer balls is a great example of how organizations can help increase Special Olympics’ reach and impact.View Story Special Olympics provide a gateway to empowerment, fulfillment and joy. Our work would not be possible without our donors and supporters. Play Soccer Malawi Federation’s donation of 420 soccer balls is a great example of how organizations can help increase Special Olympics’ reach and impact with their support. Play Soccer Malawi Federation’s donation is helping Special Olympics Malawi to reach its goal of increasing their number of athletes and competitions and by providing much needed equipment to carry out competitions.

About Mr Felix Chisowa :Special Olympics Malawi National Director
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August 19, 2014 | Africa: Malawi

New Africa representative joins the Special Olympics International Board

By Ancilla Smith

Peter Mazunda

Special Olympics is proud to announce that Mr. Peter Mazunda, Chairman of Special Olympics Malawi has been elected to represent the Africa region on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors.View Story Special Olympics is proud to announce that Mr. Peter Mazunda, Chairman of Special Olympics Malawi has been elected to represent the Africa region on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. The Special Olympics Board of Directors is made up of leaders in business, government, disability, sports and entertainment. This board is responsible for the global affairs and strategies of the movement and determines its policies and programs and oversees all top level management. Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics, Janet Froetscher, was pleased to welcome Mr. Mazunda to the international board. He was selected by the Africa Leadership Council to serve as its representative on the International Advisory Committee and Special Olympics International Board of Directors. Mr. Mazunda has done outstanding work as the Chairman of Special Olympics Malawi. He is also the Managing Director of Xtra Solutions Communications Group and is a renowned film director and cameraman in Malawi. He was trained in Television Engineering, Television Production, Television Journalism and Computer Engineering. He attained his skills in the Namibia Broadcasting Cooperation, the Training Institute of African Media Communicators in Egypt, and the Thompson Foundation and Deutsche Welle Television Training Centre in Germany. He worked for Television Malawi before setting up his own company. Over the years, Mr Mazunda has produced more than 50 documentaries, Talk Shows and 6 films at both local and international levels. Congratulations Mr. Mazunda. You have done the Africa region very proud.

About Ancilla Smith:I am director of communications and marketing for Special Olympics in the Africa Region.
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