Women aid workers --- stories of women humanitarian workers with disabilities (Sarah and Elena)
In times of crisis, timely and accessible information saves lives. However, persons with disabilities often miss out on important health and protection messages due to the use of inaccessible communication channels. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, Humanity & Inclusion Philippines and Indonesia has launched an Inclusive Risk Communication campaign on social media to ensure access to life-saving information for those most at risk, including persons with disabilities.
Meet the talents behind our Facebook campaign, our volunteers Sarah and Elena, both of whom we are recognizing as #RealLifeHeroes this #WorldHumanitarianDay. Sarah supports the graphic design of our communication materials. She considers the opportunity an excellent opportunity for her to build her skills and, at the same time, share her talents with the organization. According to her, "I enjoy working from home and doing my part to contribute to a safe community." Elena, who helps out with the copywriting, says, "I discovered the possibility of a person with visual impairment like me working online and contributing to the goal of an organization and gain new knowledge that will serve as my tool in overcoming challenges in my life."
For both of them, this volunteer work is a stepping stone for a meaningful online career to support their families and expand their skills. They remain optimistic despite the situation and observe work-life balance by setting priorities for the day, managing their time, doing meditation, and listening to music.