This World Humanitarian Day 19th August 2020, Charter4Change wish to pay tribute to all our #localheroes who demonstrate local capacity. Charter4Change wish to see the humanitarian aid system effectively reflecting a shared humanity, solidarity in diversity and equal dignity among people.
Local humanitarian workers are real life heroes, who struggle to preserve the life of others by putting their own lives on the line. Today more than ever before, it seems, humanitarian crisis abounds everywhere in their diverse forms and shapes. #LocalHeroes like the ones represented in the blogs below are humanitarians who defy all odds, make extraordinary sacrifices amidst heighten insecurity from Northeast Nigeria to Afghanistan. The COVID-19 pandemic adds an additional burden on their shoulders. “During this pandemic they bring hope, relief, food security, improved health, social cohesion, protection measures for the most vulnerable and sustainable livelihoods to survivors of humanitarian crises”, says Nkese Udongwo, Director of Humanitarian Services, Caritas Nigeria.
“In every crisis situation, we see #reallifeheroes. They are the living souls that sustain the humanity in us. But with limited resources for own protection, we see greater risks our #localheroes are facing especially in this time of pandemic when the international aid system is largely paralyzed”, says Regina Nanet Antequisa, executive director of ECOWEB, Philippines.
Nigeria / Care for the Physically Challenged and Destitute Foundation (CAPCADF)
CAPCADF in her humanitarian response on Covid 19 crises organized a sensitization on Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) and on how to use them. We also produced face masks and distributed to the indigents who are PWDs, men, women, Youth and children of the local communities in Ufuma, in Orumba North LGA, Nigeria. CAPCADF also took part in the SAY NO TO RAPE campaign in covid-19 by Association Against Child Sexual and Gender Based Violence (AACSGBV) in Anambra State of Nigeria.