Leave No One Behind!

When most people think of the challenges of responding to a natural disaster, the responsibilities seem overwhelming. Imagine facing those same challenges, but with a physical disability. Kazol Rekha, a 24 year old woman from Bangladesh with partial paralysis, refuses to be overwhelmed and has helped her community respond to the needs of people with disabilities. Take a look at her fantastic video describing the challenges of acquiring a disability, losing her loved ones and surmounting those setbacks to develop a small business, educate her neighbors and build her community to become disaster resistant for ALL people.

The video WON for Best Human Interest Film at the UNISDR Asia Disaster Risk Reduction Film Festival in 2012.

Watch this video and feel the inspiration! (I promise… You’ll feel it!)


“When it comes to floods and other disasters, people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable. In many cases a person with a disability is forgotten and left behind.”
– Kazol Rekha

Let’s make our cities, communities and neighborhoods disaster resistant and resilient so no one is forgotten or left behind!

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Potty Humor

As the newest Partner Development Team member at CITYNET, I’ve been busy getting to know our members and partner organizations. Our membership includes over 50 non-governmental organizations throughout Asia, all of which are doing good work to create sustainable, resilient, people-friendly cities. But, of all of these organizations there is one that makes me laugh out loud. Luckily, Jack Sim of the World Toilet Organization appreciates the laughter and is using his own “potty humor” to bring attention to issues of sanitation and the need for toilets in the developing world. In fact, Jack Sim (better known as Mr. Toilet) explains that 90% of surface water in India is contaminated with feces!

Take a look at this article and video featured by Huffington Post earlier this year. And if you don’t think poor sanitation impacts you… Well, you better take a look at 1:15 in the video. Eww!


Huffington Post article: Find Inspiration in Toilets http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sunnie-toelle/world-toilet-organization_b_2785439.html

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