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 blog below are humanitarians who defy all odds, make extraordinary sacrifices amidst heighten insecurity from Northeast Nigeria to Afghanistan.
Afghanistan / Citizens Organisations for Advocacy & Resilience (COAR)
COAR broadcasts up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 according to the needs of the community; for two hours every day, MOPH and WHO approved messages broadcast through Gorbat radio in Kabul. Over 30,000 Shared on email listeners receive messages on how to combat COVID-19 in their society along with what symptoms to look out for. Around 1,000 families, including women and children, benefit greatly from this program. Complementary to this service, 10,000 MOPH and WHO message-approved brochures were distributed in target provinces in Afghanistan; this has proven to be effective in the prevention of COVID-19 in these areas. Through their Livelihood, WASH, Radio, Education, and Food Security Programmes, COAR has successfully stepped up their activities in response to COVID-19. Local and national organisations are leading the Covid-19 response but are still on the margins of the humanitarian system. There must be a shift of power and transformation of the humanitarian system so that these organisations are leading efforts.