In celebration of Nurses’ Day, we pay tribute to nursing aides at the Red Cross Home for the Disabled. They share their stories and what makes them passionate about their jobs. 

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“For me, the Red Cross Home for the Disabled is not just a workplace, but a home with an extended family, that showers love and care everyday. We have to be patient here. Because of the severity of disability, it takes effort and rapport to understand what the residents want and what they are trying to communicate. The best reward is when I see them smile - when they are happy and satisfied with whatever we do. Putting myself in their shoes keeps me going.” - Charito (Nursing Aide)

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“I am proud to care for persons with disability whilst making a living and saving for my future. Initially, it was challenging, when I could care for people who were complete strangers and yet not be around for my family in the Philippines. I overcame that challenge by thinking of our residents as my family too. When I replace their loneliness with happiness… that is most rewarding. When I make them smile… those are special moments. I love my job and that keeps me going. Here at the Red Cross Home for the Disabled, you will not feel you are working. You will feel bonded in a community with different people who are all motivated by a shared mission, to care for those in need.”  - Gia Anne (Nursing Aide)

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“It can be challenging and demanding, but it is also deeply rewarding to help people in need. As most of our residents are unable to speak or walk, we assist them in their daily activities with tenderness, and really, the best care they deserve. A simple smile or “thank you” goes a long way… It gives me great satisfaction and joy, and that’s enough to keep me going.” - Jessica (Nursing Aide)

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“Two years ago, I joined the Red Cross Home for the Disabled as I was genuinely driven by the desire to help. I believe our disabled residents need care, support and love. I’m glad if I can do something that makes them happy, even if it is in a small way. I welcome everyone to join us, because you will, like me, will find happiness and family here.” - Aguirre (Nursing Aide)

[27 June 2018, 5:30pm] 

Our mission visits Sanamxai Secondary School, which has been turned into an evacuation site following the heavy rains and flooding. It is housing close to 1,000 persons, with more expected to arrive. Evacuees are housed in classrooms and tents.

There is one functioning district hospital a kilometre away, but no major injuries have been reported so far. Doctors and medics are on standby on-site, and they expect cases of malaria and diarrhoea in the coming weeks.

Our volunteers spoke to Dr Vieng Xay, head of Attapeu branch at Lao Red Cross, who is coordinating the efforts amongst various national societies.

According to him, food rations are running low. The evacuation site now has one water tank from Lao Red Cross, filtering well water at 600 litres per hour.They are expecting two more filtration systems to arrive, so as to have enough supply for the evacuees in the school, and those in nearby centres.

Lao Red Cross is also working to step up sanitation facilities as more evacuees arrive.

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Singapore Red Cross is working closely with Lao Red Cross in Vientiane to pack relief supplies such as essentials, sleeping mats and blankets. These are expected to arrive at Attapeu tomorrow, for the advance team’s distribution to evacuation sites earliest possible.

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