Sani Foundation is a Zambian organisation

a vision for society where people with intellectual disabilities have opportunity to achieve their full potential.

About Us

The Sani Foundation is Social Enterprise registered under the Company’s Act (2014) and under the Persons with Disabilities Act (2015). Even though organisation was only officially registered on 8th April 2014, has existed since 2013 and operated informally under the auspices of Cheshire Homes. The Sani Foundation exists are purpose of promoting the inclusion of young Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (PIDs) in all aspects of society.

Registration and Affiliation

Sani Foundation is NGO duly registered company limited by guarantees, with the Patents and Company Registration Agency (PACRA) and disability person organisations with that Zambia Agency of Persons with Disabilities (ZAPD). The Foundation is member of Down Syndrome International (DSi) and these Africa Network for Evidence-to-Action on Disability (Afrineads) Network.

Current Programmes

Supported Employment

providing individualised support to persons with IDs to obtain and retain jobs in open labour market using international protocols and local legislation given everyone the right to work. This supported employment initiative is first of kind in Zambia.

Policy Influencing

We are process of developing comprehensive WBL Curriculum for people with disabilities in collaboration with ILO, Ministry of Higher Education and TEVETA. This in order to provide our trainees with nationally accredited curriculum with which can access paid work as well as have standardised WBL curriculum that nationally in training institutions.

Social Business

The DICE (Disability Inclusive and Customised Employment) Juice Bar was established in July 2017 and aims to create jobs for people who find it hardest to get them but also to raise awareness that disability is not inability. The DICE Juice Bar also provides real-life work experience to trainees.

Work-Based Learning

provides relevant, labour market-oriented training in real-life work settings. We prepare adolescents and young adults with IDs for employment and independence within their community.

Awareness Raising

The Foundation is currently undertaking various targeted communication activities with the goal of improving social inclusion of persons with IDs by challenging and improving societal perceptions.

Our Projects

A training programme about health of people with Intellectual Disabilities
Train-ID is an international project where Zambia and The Netherlands collaboratively develop the training programme.

People with intellectual disabilities have a poorer health status than the general population, and inequalities and inequities in healthcare exist. Due to limitations in intellectual and adaptive functioning, people with intellectual disabilities rely heavily on frontline workers regarding their health and access to healthcare. While frontline workers play a crucial role to prevent, recognize and follow-up health problems of people with intellectual disabilties, little training has been available for them, and it is unknown which training needs exist.
Within a four year research project, we aim to develop and pilot a context sensitive Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) training programme about health of people with intellectual disabilities for CBR frontline workers without a medical background. We develop the training programme in three steps:
First, focus group discussions with people with intellectual disabilities, their families and frontline workers will play a key part to gather information on the current view on health of people with intellectual disabilities in Zambia and The Netherlands to fully understand the health needs of people with intellectual disabilities and health training needs of frontline workers.
Second, content and practical development of the training programme based on the focus group discussions, will be complemented with interviews with medical and health professionals. This will result in building blocks with essential topics for the training programme and adjusted to the specific context in Zambia or The Netherlands.
Third, this study will deliver a pilot of a two-week training programme to train two pilot groups of 12-16 CBR frontline workers per country. The outcomes of the training programme will be studied by a pre-post test design, comparing how frontline workers meet the health needs of people with intellectual disabilities prior to, and after receiving the training programme.

Our Partners