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As I'm reading through key work documents, my eyes often tear up. I find that the difference between working at any other international organization and this one is that the disabled population is such a specific sub-group. Sure, projects target women or youth or HIV+ people. But the disabled population is so large and so diverse and so invisible. Where I've worked before, the people and communities we worked with just need a little push or some few resources to get going - a small loan, say, or school lunches, or quality seeds, or training - and encouragement. Working with the disabled in developing countries though is a little more intense. Not only do they need "a little push," they also need prosthetics, or a wheelchair, or their family members need to be trained how to care for them, or their community convinced that they're not cursed. These are the people who are kept in the back room.
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On June 27th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC), mynuet commented:
*hugs*
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On June 27th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I think: I am doing this for someone like Milo.
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On June 27th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC), mynuet replied:
You are just too sweet for words. If there's ever anything I can do, however small or big, let me know. Milo and I are so very, very lucky to have been born where and when we were.
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On June 27th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It's enough to be inspired.

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On June 27th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC), kafechick commented:
And sadly NGO's etc. that work with people with disabilities are often the organisations in our communities which receive the last dribs and drabs of Governement allocations, rather than the good amounts that they need to really be able to make a difference in these clients' lives.

It so frustrates me at times - with a bit of positive discrimination community workers and NGO's could make such a world of difference .. but without resources, it makes things really hard at times!
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On June 27th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It's definitely multiple whammy - but at least from a fundraising perspective an easy sell!
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On June 27th, 2007 11:42 am (UTC), vodun commented:
"or their community convinced that they're not cursed"

Ah, yes. The superstition of the ignorant, which from my perspective covers 99.99% of the human population. *shudder*

Sorry. Feeling a little cynical today.
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On June 27th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
You're entitled. :/
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On June 27th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC), vodun replied:
*DRUNK HUGS*

Y'know, you're the only person outside the Australian radius I care about. The last one suicided. Oops!

I'd delete that, only I forgot how the delete key works! Damn "Irish Mist",

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On June 27th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Heh heh, I'm sure MoBob doesn't mind.
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On June 28th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC), wunderbar commented:
:) You're right. When I lived in Germany, one of the family members I lived with was mentally disabled and diabetic. It was really interesting to me and I really feel like I have learned so much about their problems with the way societies view them.
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On June 28th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
And I imagine that Germany and other European countries are probably more advanced in terms of social services, etc.
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On June 28th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
It's wonderful to know you're making an impact though. I know nothing about the area, but given how under-resourced the disabled sector is in Australia and other 'Western' cultures I'm sure there's a huge need in developing countries. Go you :)
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On June 28th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Although once in a while I'm tempted by the private sector!
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