Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD)
SAFOD is a leading Southern African disability-focused network engaged in coordination of activities of organisations of Persons with Disabilities in the Southern Africa region.
What We Need
(1) To mobilize resources
(2) To carry out on-line campaigns
(3) To document our disability work and issues on-line
(4) Translation of key documents (including website) into Portuguese
(5) To develop research proposals and/or tools
(6) To facilitate capacity building initiatives for our national affiliates in any of the ten countries where we work.
When & Who
What we Provide
Under our new International Volunteer Program, the volunteers will be placed either at the Regional Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana, or at an office/location of any of the ten SAFOD’s national affiliates in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In Botswana, in particular, a volunteer may choose to directly work at the SAFOD’s affiliate, known as the Botswana Federation of the Disabled (BOFOD), if the goal is to support BOFOD rather than SAFOD Secretariat per se, or may work at the SAFOD Secretariat if the intention is to support any of the current SAFOD’s eight programs and/or activities.
For volunteers applying to work at either the SAFOD Secretariat or BOFOD office, there will be a small administrative fee (US$300 per month) which will contribute towards the monthly accommodation expenses for the prospective volunteers (they will stay in a shared apartment), including other logistical expenses such as security at the apartment, transport to and from office; internet facility within the apartment, utilities like electricity and water; among other things. For volunteers applying to work in any of the other nine countries, the SAFOD Secretariat will offer to facilitate and liaise with its affiliate in that particular country in terms of logistics (accommodation, transport, etc.), so the monthly administrative fees that the prospective volunteers can pay would therefore vary from one country to another.
In any case, SAFOD will allow a minimum of three volunteers at a time in each country so that neither SAFOD, nor our affiliates, nor the volunteers themselves are overburdened with the associated costs (we want to keep the costs as low as possible) until such a time when SAFOD secures funding from elsewhere to subside such costs.
For volunteers applying to work at either the SAFOD Secretariat or BOFOD office, there will be a small administrative fee (US$300 per month). This fee covers monthly rentals for the shared apartment, utilities (electricity, water), WiFi Internet, cleaner, and security system.
More Services we Offer
All the additional services outlined above are inclusive in the US$300 per month fees
Other Ways to Help
(a) 100 wheelchairs (to be shared with our ten national affiliates)
(b) 10 Braille embossers (to be shared with our ten national affiliates)
(c) 100 hearing aids (to be shared with our ten national affiliates)
(d) At least 1 accessible vehicle (to enable our disabled staff and volunteers carry out different work at our secretariat)
(e) 10 computers with accessible software (to be shared with our ten national affiliates)
Additional Info about Us
Managing IT-related tasks
Fundraising and resource mobilization
Media and publicity
Our rationale for our volunteer program is to encourage individuals to share and utilize their knowledge and skills by voluntarily doing something positive to the communities, particularly those that will have a positive impact on the under-privileged persons with disabilities directly or indirectly. At the same time, SAFOD seeks to offer the platform on which the volunteers/interns themselves can enhance their learning.
Yes, if there is a big event coming up that SAFOD is organizing, it means we will need more volunteers to be involved in the preparations, during the event itself and even post the event (e.g the SAATE in Windhoek, Namibia in October 2019 - http://saate.org/)
SAFOD was formed in 1986 as a federation of Disability Peoples Organisations (DPOs) with strong presence in 10 countries. In each of these countries, we coordinate our programs and activities through our national affiliate federations of DPOs. We mainly strengthen the capacity of our national affiliates so that they are able to effectively advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD); and to lobby for inclusive policies and programs in their respective countries.
We pursue the following mission statement: "To advocate for the rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as nurturing and strengthening our affiliates and other stakeholders in Southern Africa to ensure promotion of inclusive development and human rights for persons with disabilities."
SAFOD has successfully implemented activities and programs, delivering on its mission of strengthening DPOs in SAFOD member countries through training, research, coordination, information-sharing, promotion of human rights and stimulating persons with disabilities' political and social development.