Swansea Siavonga Partnership were delighted that Jonah Sialumano was able to attend the Discovery AGM on the eve of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Jonah was an inspiring speaker from Health Help Zambia in Monze and highlighted many aspects of his work that Swansea Siavonga Partnership could emulate. We look forward to building relationships with him that will further our work in Siavonga.
Jonah Sialumano was born on 27th August,1974 at a village called Masongozi, Chief Musokotwane.
“At the age of 3 years, I suffered from polio, a disease that disadvantaged a lot of people at that time. As a result of polio, I became physically disabled. My disability led me to start school very late and my parents and other relatives had no hope in me being educated because some thought that educating a disabled person will be a share waste of resources and at the same time, the other challenge was that the school was very far and my father could not manage to take me to school because of being poor. In 1985, my uncle the young brother to my father by the name of Godwin Sialumano who was working in Lusaka came to pick and that this how I started school at Chilenje South Primary School from 1985 to 1991. From 1993 to 1993, I did my grades 8 and 9 and Choongo School and the Unity for the Physically Disabled and did grades 10 to 12 at Kalomo Secondary School from 1993 to 1996. As Jonah, I have had a dream and vision of working for my fellow disabled in Society and in reality, a dream came true”.