Whatever we think of the internet age, it is here and it is here to stay. Given that, we need to mobilise resources and ensure everyone has access and knowledge to that technology. One group that does this is Computer Aid. This excellent organisation has been around since 1998 and reaches out around the globe to empower people by internet connectivity and promotion of sustainable solar power. Last month I treated myself, well via a Ferratum loan, to a new laptop and ipad – both desperately required in my work and life and I then donated my long time friend to the Computer Aid knowing that it would be of use. This had a knock effect when I told family and friends who all had some IT tech hanging around in garages or bedrooms. So in the end my donation multiplied to over 20, so feeling quite proud myself. It really is amazing how people will help but they often need that small push, my family and friends did not see the need to find out if there was a social need for their not needed things. I find it is often the case but point it out at a social level and the response can be amazing. People have the capacity to offer so much but I think they get tired of being bombarded with requests and become blind to certain things because it is in their face too much. It’s a conundrum, say to much and you bore people, they switch off; say to little and they don’t get the information to make informed choice. Whats the answer???
One of the areas that Computer Aid work in is with refugees, reconnecting them to family & friends, introducing them to online training and the wider world. One of my concerns is how we assist the refugees that come to us, these displaced, damaged and traumatised people. A role for any social worker/carer is to help these people integrate into our society in a positive way. That means educating and helping the other professionals involved as much as it does dealing directly with the people and children themselves. It is also about learning to work with other professionals in the other countries especially when we are dealing with the care of children. I think the subject is worth a post of its own as their are so many issues to consider, not only the refugee but the people and professionals who are trying to help.
Send me feedback via the comments if you want to contribute to this or any discussion on this blog but I am especially interested in anyone who is currently assisting with refugees and what we can do to help them grieve their loss and integrate into our societies with dignity and pride intact.