In November, I was also very fortunate to be invited on a trip to the Ayerwaddy delta with ActionAid staff, taking photographs and recording interviews. This trip was a valuable opportunity to see up close the work being undertaken by ActionAid staff in the field. All the staff I met in the delta - i.e. interns, health workers (physiotherapists), fellows and volunteers - showed intense commitment and compassion in their work and I felt very privileged to be a part of this journey of discovery and change in action.
In Pyapon, three very devoted physiotherapists were working with people with disabilities in the delta.
more photos to come.......
|A 14 year old girl with spina bifida, one of many in the delta who gets regualr visits from the ActionAid physios. She had such a wonderful spirit and vitality and a very caring family.|
A Karen fisherman and professional boxer who had suffered an horrific accident at sea. His leg was paralysed and he could no longer work. After some donations for a skin graft operation he was able to continue physiotherapy, resume his livelihood and take care of his family. He has been receiving beneficial care from the physios in Pyapon since he left hospital.
His wife in their simple home where poverty blew through. Their other house was destroyed by Cyclone Nargis, their only two children had died of preventable disease, and neither could pursue their livelihoods because of his accident. In the face of this suffering and loss they remained determined and hopeful.
|A village volunteer and his team of workers. They had formed a disaster management committee, established a mangrove nursery and helped in the construction of a tube well. These projects were facilitated by ActionAid and a partner NGO.|
|Looking from their village (Mingalar) to the Bay of Bengal, the coastline has been stripped of mangroves and is now exposed to cyclones and tidal surges.|
|School children from Mingalar village|
|A fisherman from the delta, wearing a typical hat of the region.|