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Allan Tranter from Creating Communities chats to The Breakfast Show while they’re in Nepal.

 

 

Allan Tranter is married to Donna Shepherd, the chair of the international board of World Vision. So they travel to some of the poorest countries, and the poorest places in those countries. In their everyday work, they see the smallest things making the biggest difference. To Allan, that’s the nub of being a community citizen or a global citizen. Taking up those small challenges, what seems like small tasks and watching them have giant repercussions.

Disability in a poor community affects so many.

Disability in a poor community affects so many, “because they’re already coming from so far back”, as Morro puts it. If someone has a disability, they’re put aside. While in Myanmar, Allan met a couple of boys who didn’t have the right treatment when they were born, so they were slightly deformed. They were literally hidden away. It wasn’t until someone came along to show they had potential that that changed.

If you lose your sight or have a disability that takes away your opportunity to learn or to work, it doesn’t just make it harder for you. It also has a repercussion for your family. Could you imagine a dad who started to lose his sight? How does that affect his wife and children? It takes away their opportunities to learn and go to school, even just to eat. It stacks the odds heavier against them as they fight to survive. As they fight to get themselves out of their situation.

“I have 9 brilliant grandchildren and I just love watching them grow. What if I couldn’t see that? Imagine if your kids or grandkids came home from school and said ‘look mum, look dad, this is what I drew today!’ and you have to reply ‘tell me about it, I can’t see it’ “, said Allan.

A little thing, a $33 gift, a 12-minute operation can change the economics of a family, of a community. It can also change the way a family relates to each other.

4 Nepalese locals waiting in line for their cataract surgery. Allan Tranter reflects.

4 Nepalese locals waiting patiently in line for their cataract surgery, left to right – Dev Bahadur, Ram, Kamesh & Khokha Devi.

“I’m saying this to the family: In your own place, you can do something small to help people with disability. Where poverty is the normal, you can do something small to change that.”

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