Karen is from New Zealand and a trained Occupational Therapist. She started working at cbm in 2012 whilst completing Post Graduate qualifications in Development Studies via Massey University.
My passion for cbm:
When I was 6 years old, I saw television footage of the famine in Ethiopia – memorable stuff! That, coupled with my interest in people with disabilities led to me training as an Occupational Therapist to specifically learn skills on how to benefit persons living with disabilities in developing countries. Now that I work at cbm, I use the knowledge I gained from my experience as an Occupational Therapist to plan and monitor the projects we fund overseas. I love that cbm reminds us that people living with disability in poorer nations should not be forgotten.
My experiences that affirm this belief:
In NZ we are fortunate that our government provides assistance to us when we need it - we have fantastic healthcare and educational facilities. Having access to this is great, but we should never forget that this is not the case for the majority of people in the world. I’ve visited countless people living with disabilities overseas that have never received any healthcare or education: a man who was paralysed and couldn’t even get to the hospital... a little girl bent backwards because her family couldn’t afford medication. It is a relief that cbm exists solely to help people living with disability escape poverty and avoidable barriers.