Mr. Joseph Munsanje

We are excited to present to you this edition of our newsletter. This edition brings information from the work we delivered with our partners in the year
2020 in the promotion and protection of the right s of persons with disabilities. Disability Rights Watch celebrates 9 years of existence in the civil society
space championing the rights of persons with disabilities in Zambia and in the Southern Africa region. We have forged an excellent partnership with the government
through the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services and its statutory agency the Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities (ZAPD) which have facilitated our participation and engagement in various processes including supporting the national disability mainstreaming process. The year 2020 was a challenging year
for us as an organisation and for persons with disabilities in general with the advent of COVID-19. Our response to the pandemic has been swift and proactive. We have
provided personal protective equipment and sanitation materials and equipment to our partners and individual beneficiaries in all our areas of operation. We applaud the partners who have worked with us in tackling COVID-19. These are GIZ Zambia through the PLEED programme who have enabled us to procure prevention materials and
invested in our IT infrastructure to enable us work from home and have back up power supply. We have also worked with Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia supported
by CBM to deliver emergency cash transfers to homes of children with disabilities in Lusaka Province and produce accessible public service information on COVID-19. We also commend SOS Children’s Villages for our work in Eastern province.