December 2010 | PWDA supports DPO Kiribati

In 2010 PWDA supportedTe Toa Matoa, the  Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO) in Kiribati.  Kiribati is one of the poorer countries in the Pacific and is seriously endangered by climate change and rising tides and unfunded without any office or substantial resources. Despite this, Te Toa Matoa is a dynamic organisation which uses song, dance and storytelling to undertake advocacy for people with disability.

September 2010 | DPO Tonga receives a data projector

Naunau 'oe 'Alamaite Tonga Disability Association (NATA) is a non-government, not for profit association formed by a group of people with disability who have come together to speak out for themselves and help empower people of differing abilities in Tonga.  Following a request from NATA for a data projector, PWDA was able to locate a projector and deliver this to NATA. With this small gift, NATA is now better equipped to give presentations on human rights and advocacy within the Tongan community.

Note: Due to the limited nature of our funds, PWDA does not accept unsolicited proposals or calls for assistance from DPO’s. Instead we work with established partner organisations and strive to increase their capacity to grow and develop within their own countries. PWDA is open to establishing new relationships with individuals and organisations willing to fund or promote our development work.

March 2010 | Council Meetings of the PDF in Fiji

The 2010 Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) Council Meeting was attended by 21 out of 22 Full Members from all 13 member countries, including PWDA and one territory (New Caledonia). The members approved the 2008-09 audited financial report, received annual reports from the Executive Committee and CEO and endorsed the 2010-2011 annual work plan and budget. Three new  organisations were received as Associate Members of PDF - Fusi Alofa Association Tuvalu, National Disability Resource and Advocacy Centre (PNG) and the Tonga Red Cross Society brought the total membership of PDF to 22 Full Members and 16 Associate Members.