It has been a while since my first blog entry and the reason is my inability to decide what to write about first. I am overwhelmed with everything different and exciting that I can’t decide if I should write about the climate and the people, the culture and traditions, or about BERDO’s lovely staff and all of their accomplishments.
I am writing this draft by hand, which is a method I use most often for writing because of so many power outages. On average, the power goes out about three times during regular working hours, for an hour each time, which leaves BERDO’s staff on standby. For some of us working long hours in the developed countries this would be a treasured break if it ever happened, but for the staff here this means lower productivity as one sits around and waits. To make it a bit more challenging, the Internet connection seems to be worse during regular office hours, and if one should download large files or upload pictures on the website, it is best to do it before 7am. Rise and shine!
In today’s society much of work and most of communication is conducted via computers and Internet, and the people working in developing countries face additional obstacles as they struggle to keep up with newer technology to allow for more efficiency. BERDO would like to purchase a generator to be able to keep the computers working during power outages, but so many other things make a priority
than this one.
Another factor to consider for the working environment is the climate and its impact on people’s
ability to work and be productive. Maybe I am only speaking for myself when I say that the profound heat and humidity make my head fuzzy. Also, I am sure that overtime people get used to these working conditions. But the severe weather reaching 100 Fahrenheit and the intolerable humidity in the summer makes me less productive as I am constantly wiping sweat of my face, refreshing in the bathroom, and always on the lookout for the best breeze in the office. And the worse is yet to come as the rainy season brings floods and cyclones, but I guess that will be a topic for another entry.
Finally, I wonder how BERDO has been able to achieve all their accomplishments especially considering the fact that 10 out of BERDO’s 32 staff are disabled, including the executive director who has been blind since age 6. Amazingly, BERDO has been working on the development of people with disabilities for 17 years and they have been expanding their organizational
activities to provide more services and raise public awareness about disability issues. I guess you can call it hard work and determination, in spite of all of obstacles they encounter.
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Posted By Danita Topcagic
Posted Jun 16th, 2008