When I was in Zambia in 1998 with a small Missions team, Joseph Mwaba held two positions. He worked as Sports Director of Zambia Sports Association of the Deaf (ZSAD), as well as the Founding General Secretary to the Confederation of African Deaf Sports (CADS) Zambia Deaf Sports. His positions then, afforded our team to be guests at the State House.
Under the late President Chiluba’s auspice, I had the opportunity to present before his Ministry cabinet a Deaf Awareness presentation on the impact of the lack of Sign Language Interpreters. At that time there were only two interpreters in the entire country. It was Joseph’s first time to have an interpreter for all the meetings we attended while I was in Zambia. When I returned to Zambia in 2018, I learned that my presentation had an impact. Over the twenty years, Zambia has trained fifty certified Sign Language interpreters with the number of interpreters still growing today.
Once again, little did I know my being here in Zambia during a presidential election, would bring about an opportunity to present “Giving the Gift of Sign Language,” to children without language to the forefront with the newly elected president. Although Joseph and I are in the process of fully developing the program along with other needful Deaf programs, today as a Deaf leader with an NGO he is attending a meeting with the newly elected president this morning.
He and other leaders of disability organizations will have an opportunity to present and discuss the needs of Deaf people and to bring this population to the attention of President-Elect Hakainde Hichilema of the Republic of Zambia.
This is such a privilege and honor. Please help me to wish Joseph of Zambia Deaf Vision a successful meeting and for future positive outcomes.
Information about the beginning of this journey can be found at :
My desire is to continue making a difference and touch lives by providing two-way communication and Deaf Culture Awareness