Friday, 26 Mar 2021
Organisations for People with Disabilities (OPDs) take the lead in helping people with disabilities weather the COVID-19 storm
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for local governments, and particularly so in low-socioeconomic countries with fewer resources. In areas like Uttar Pradesh in India, local organisations for people with disabilities (OPDs) have been able to mobilise to help distribute resources to those who need help. Sunita is a woman living with a physical disability and a strong voice in her community. She is an OPD leader in Uttar Pradesh state who has been delivering dry ration kits to 46 most vulnerable households of her village. With the support of CBM and partners, she has doing this work in accordance with government protocols that keep her and others safe.
Around the world, OPDs like Sunita’s are working to meet the needs of people with disability in their communities, expanding the work these OPDs do. By stepping into this much-needed role, OPDs are gaining visibility within the community and underscoring the exceptional contribution that women like Sunita make every day.
CBM Australia acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) for this work.
In the picture, Sunita is providing a dry ration kit to another woman at her home.