Aid workers --- stories of humanitarian workers (Ronnie Mae)
In this time and pandemic, girls and young women are real-life heroes, too, for their families and communities.
In her hometown, Cebu City, COVID-19 positive cases spiked tremendously prompting the local government to impose stricter community quarantine measures.
But 23-year-old Ronnie Mae fears not only the health implications of the pandemic, but also its effects to their sources of income.
“My father is unemployed. My older sister recently lost her job because their company couldn’t sustain operations. I am only receiving 50 percent of my salary since April,” she says. Her mother’s meager salary as a cook in a private institution is used to put her brother to school.
With this, Ronnie Mae became the lead provider in her family.
Ronnie Mae is a member of a Community Savings Group (CSG) organized through the Plan International’s Moving Up Urban Poor Communities Towards Resilience (MOVE UP) Project.
“Being a part of the Community Savings Group gives me hope in this time of a pandemic. As my family’s breadwinner, livelihood opportunities can be a big help for us as we try to recover,” Ronnie Mae adds.
As scared as she may be, Ronnie Mae, who is also a Sanggunian Kabataan (youth council) councilor still goes out of her way to help in her community’s local response activities.
“We were able to provide washable face masks to some of our constituents. We also gave food to our barangay frontliners who are working at our checkpoints,” she says.
For Ronnie Mae, being a young woman amid a pandemic might be stressful and scary but she still believes that she can do something for the community.
“To my fellow youth, we have a voice we can use. We have access to news and reliable information, we can do research. And if we are well-informed we can guide our community,” she inspiringly says.
Read the full story here: https://plan-international.org/how-girl-leader-braving-through-global-pandemic