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Everisto Chanda

Caritas Mansa
Joined April 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Labor & Employment, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice
Iam a 48-year-old male Zambian based in Mansa District of the Luapula Province of the Republic of Zambia. Iam married with 6 children. I completed my secondary school education on the Copperbelt Province(Kitwe Boys' High School) in 1988. I proceeded to the Copperbelt University to study for a Diploma in Accountancy where I went only up to 2nd year before I was excluded from school in 1992. I joined the Legal Resources Foundation in Lusaka, Zambia as a Paralegal Officer in 2001. I was promoted in 2002 as Legal Advice Centre supervisor for Luapula Province where I worked for the next 9 years before the centre was shut down due to lack of donour support following the phasing out of donours in 2010. The scope of my work entailed rendering legal advice to indigents in the communities, conducting mobile legal clinics in far flung rural districts, conducting prison visits and monitoring of detention centres and Refugee camps, carry out educational and sensitization programmes on Human Rights on Radio as well as implementing out-reach programmes. This work involved screening of complaints to identify cases of legal interest and referring them to supervising lawyers at Headquarters in Lusaka. I have continued similar work with Caritas Mansa, where Iam working right now. Iam quite passionate about my work of rendering free legal services to the poor in society; considering the gap that exists in my country between the lawyers and poor members of the community in accessing meaningful justice; where their many atrocities have to be resolved through lawful means. Currently Caritas Mansa is the only institution in the province that is offering free legal services to indigents.
Your Educational Exchange visits would inevitably enhance my skills as a Paralegal. they would also broaden my understanding of what other interventions are at my disposal emanating from the NAMATI team work; currently, our Paralegal Alliance Network(PAN) does not have the full capacity in ensuring that legal matters are dealt with conclusively - especially from the point of view of having to offer legal representation in courts of law. Membership with NAMATI, therefore, cannot come at any better time than now if the majority of the poor communities in Zambia can be helped.

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