COVID-19 impact on the voiceless

fidelity
Posted April 17, 2020 from Kenya
Fidelity fix a hearing device on j ear
Supplies for J
Supplies for J (1/2)

I have  heard  people  say, write as well as  draw images describing  covid-19 pandemic  as an equalizer. What do they  mean? Covid-19does not choose  whether you are  rich, poor, learned, I mean your economic or social  status  does not stop the pandemic  from  "bitting". I totally  disagree  with them Covid-19 is not an equalizer. 

I visited  one lady  a beneficiary  of our KNOW YOUR RIGHT program.she has a daughter  22 years old , blind and partially  deaf. She depends  on her  mother  who is a casual  laborer  for essential items sanitary towels, soap, food and batteries  for her hearing  gadgets. lock down and social  distance  has greatly  affected  J mother  income. She can handly provide  any of  the above items.  J is vulnerable  to SGBV because  she has to  stay home  without  a care giver, again  she has no hearing device at least  to even hear footsteps  of an attacker. They live in slum areas where SGBV is high. I joined my staff in yawi to provide  some of  this essential  to J.  at least  her mother  can keep  her company  for a few days  during the lock down. 

 

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 17
Apr 17

Hello Fidelis,

How are you doing, dear? Oh, I don't agree with that either. That's rough. Aw, that's so sweet of you. Thanks for sharing your photos and update, dear. Thank goodness you helped this poor lady.

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well, dear.

XX

fidelity
Apr 17
Apr 17

Thanks Jill, it sad to see what vulnerable women and girls are undergoing during this time when everything has come to a stand still. Imagine girls like him their periods, no pads, no soap, they can't hear or see.

Jill Langhus
Apr 18
Apr 18

You're welcome:-)

Yeah, I bet:-( Very sad.

Hope you and your loved ones are having a good, safe weekend, dear.

Chidimma
Apr 17
Apr 17

Hello Dear Fidelity.
Hope you are doing fine.
Thanks for providing for J and her family in this trying times.
Am happy you and your team were able to reach out. God bless your efforts and stay safe.
Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Cheers.

fidelity
Apr 17
Apr 17

Dear chidimma,
Thanks am fine despite the COVID-19 challenges. It was a good thing we visited j she is blind and deaf. She was not born this way but due to cancer effects she lost her eye and affected her hearing. We work with women survivors of gender based violence. There was no better way than giving her the essential she needs as a girl
Keep safe

Chidimma
Apr 18
Apr 18

You are really doing a good job. God bless you and your team.

fidelity
Apr 18
Apr 18

Amen dear.
keep safe

Vanora.Lee
Apr 17
Apr 17

Thank you all your angels delivering essentials to those in most need. Your act will have positive impacts on others.

fidelity
Apr 17
Apr 17

Thanks vanora.
We are had to put our selves in J and her mother shoe's. Image being deaf and blind and a mother without a job, and a drunk spouse /foster father who cares nothing. It is a pathetic situation.
Good day my friend.

EK. Chemorion
Apr 17
Apr 17

Oh sister,
you did well for joining your team and sharing the resources. thank you for being the voice of the voiceless!

fidelity
Apr 17
Apr 17

Thanks Chemorion
Sometimes we speak for them. Imagine what happens . When people mention about the disabled people what comes in mind is the physically disabled but the deaf,dump and blind are handly remembered. They only find help because if and only the care givers have access to information and are able to reach to Offices or desks for help if and only id they have money.
Good day my sister

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 18
Apr 18

Dear Fidelity,
Thank you for speaking out about that word going around, "equalizer". It makes no sense and erases the extra difficulties experienced now and always in our communities by people who face problems many don't face, virus or not. This current pandemic crisis calls on us as a global community to pay attention first to those who have the toughest times. The work you are doing is the beacon of light that sets the example.
In sisterhood,
Tam

fidelity
Apr 21
Apr 21

thank you Tamarack, you get it very right. we have these people in our community always and when such challenges comes they affected more than others. lets us continue paying attention to these vulnerable groups during this pandemic times. they need us more than ever.
in sisterhood
Fidelity

ARREY- ECHI
Apr 22
Apr 22

Hello Fidelity,
Thank you so much for bringing to light the reality of this vulnerable group of people.
It is important to raise this. Thank you for the support you are giving them as well.
Stay safe.

fidelity
Apr 23
Apr 23

Thank you Arrey-Echi,
yes sometimes when people talk of people with disability they tend to speak and think of those who on wheel chairs or crutches. deaf, blind and intellectual disability is never remember. reason being, the care givers must be there to speak on their behalf. in most cases the care givers fail to get information of what is happening and therefore tend to miss out alot.
kindest regards
Fidelity