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Voice for those unheard

I went to training on Disability, Gender and development in Bangkok on March 8- 21, 2010. The training was held in APCD, I was representing GEMPITA (youth community movement) and also as a sign language interpreter for my friend from SEHJIRA Foundation ( Self help group organization for person with disability). The participants of the training were person with disability and in majority there are women. I have got personal inspiration especially in time management and for not be ignorance to others through that training.

At the training I met a lot of person with disability from Asia pacific countries, I felt inspire when I saw a lot of them have been able to manage their time wisely in their daily life, although they have so many roles in life, which also important to be fulfilled, but for them it doesn’t means that they have to neglected their role in the society. Like many of us, they have to become a good employee, a brilliant student, a caring mother, etc.  They realize these roles, give their best, and still they are trying to give positive contribution to human life. They become an agent of changes and role models in community, as their heritage for better future not only for themselves but others.

Like Indonesian participant, my friend from Indonesia, she has a hearing impairment. She is an employee of an International company in Indonesia, a National Model, a Master candidate, and also a volunteer in organization for person with disability. Like My friend from Malaysia who has a Movement disability (wheelchair user), she is a government employee for department of social welfare, a wonderful and a caring mother for her two incredible children. And like more than one hundred other PWDs, who has incredible role in the society.

Since then I began to ask myself, what have you done so far for others? My Person with disability(PWDs) friends has showing me that even with the barriers that they have to life with everyday, they are still able to make something positive to others. Therefore I decided to spend most of my time trying to fulfilling my dreams and engage in activities that I like. In the weekdays, I work in NGO until 5 pm and then twice a week I attend classes for my master degree. In the weekend, I often spend my time to become a volunteer in self help group organization for person with disability or conducted activity with my youth community movement for poor and undeserved people (like street children, orphan, etc) .

So through experiences being involve in several unique groups activities like: person with disability organization, poor and marginalized people, group of non-heterosexual people, person who lived with HIV/AIDS. I have a mission that I could be a voice for those who oftentimes unheard due to limitation of access to information and opportunity. I have a dream that someday this world could be good enough and fair enough for everybody disregard their disability, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, etc.

But I realize, like mother Theresa said, that I could not do a big thing and I can only do a small thing with a great love. So then I decide to captured all of those moment and write it down, hope that it could be a positive contribution for the better world. And after reading material for week four in the world pulse classroom, I realize that in order to give the best for others, we should be able to give the best for ourselves so i decide to join world pulse. I believe that by becoming world pulse community I could enhance my writing skills, my capacity in human rights and also at the same time having a lot of friends who can inspire me continuously.


Titilope's picture

I appreciate your article

I appreciate your article more than you can ever imagine. Iin the last 4weeks i have been working closely with PWDs on social inclusion and gender. I had worked on various aspect of gender but this is my first time of working with PWDs and i have been overwhelmed by their issues.
I need to get more information about the training on gender, dvelopemnt and PWDs from you. You will be a valuable resource for me in my work.

usha kc's picture

Dear friend,, your vision

Dear friend,, your vision is praise worthy. I admire your work dear. keep it up.

fr3y's picture

Is an Honor

Dear Titilope, its an honor to me if you would like to share your experience working with PWDs. As for the training, you could go to this site : . In the end of November, there will be a huge conference called the Second Asia-Pacific CBR Congress Manila, Philippines 29Nov-1Dec, 2011. More further information please visit i will accompany my hearing disability friend and share experience on social participation : attitudinal change. Hope you find this information useful.

Titilope's picture

Thank you for this piece of

Thank you for this piece of information. I will check it out.

fr3y's picture

Thank you Usha

Dear Usha,

Thank you for your appreciation, i am confidence that you are also could inspire me...:)

Susan Studebaker's picture

Week 4 assignment

I really enjoyed your vision and commitment to making it work. I think that you will go far if you continue to follow your dream! Thank you for this nice piece!


CindyColes's picture

Small things are valuable

I'm so glad you have found inspiration in your PWD friends.

Your article shows a strong desire to create change in your community. I'm sure you will succeed! Remember, a small thing done with great love is more than enough to inspire someone else.

Cindy Coles

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