Thursday, March 10, 2016

About justice and Inclusion

 “Be the change you wish to see in the world”- Mahatma Gandhi

There were many people who lived and fought for a just society, Ghandi for example. But, without them in the present, who will continue on with the cause? I`m one of those people who believe, that a small drop of water can turn into a huge sea of opportunities.

It has been three weeks since I´m part of the “Volunteering and Participation for Inclusion” project, as part of International Service, and my whole experience can be summarized as gratifying and unforgettable.

The main goal of the Project is to raise awareness about disabilities, so that, in this way, we can achieve social inclusion of people with disabilities (PwD). That´s what my job is. Where I have learned that a drop of water is worth more than what you think.My role, mainly, has to do with communications for development, because that´s where my professional training focuses on. Elaborate surveys, questions, help with the production of institutional diagnosis, etc. But one of the things I enjoy the most is watching the smiles of each of the “Buddies” that are part of “Best Buddies”.

The idea of the Project I just mentioned (Best Buddies) is to create friendships, between a person with a disability and a person without a disability. Each pair of friends has to keep regular contact, go out together and basically create a long lasting bond. This way, we would manage to include people with disabilities into the society.

 We live in a city and country that is very bigoted; we still have a long way to go before we can consider ourselves “developed as a society”. People continue on, although in a lower grade, been reluctant and exclusive regarding people with disabilities. Our goal is to change that.

An anonymous author once said, “It´s not the disability that makes life hard, but the barrier society puts”, how real is that. It´s everyone`s duty to look for a better society. People with disabilities are also people who deserve to live a life where they feel loved, useful and included.

Wouldn´t you like to live in a just and inclusive society without prejudices? I would. Let´s work all together for it. Just like Mary Wollstoncraft said, “It´s justice and not charity what the world needs” 

Blog by: Luciana Lema Romero

Translated by: Emma Nowotny Villegas

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