Esther was born with a disability, with her left leg extending only up until knee-length. When she first visited Esther, Marne, a licensed social worker and SEED’s Social Development Program Officer, assessed the impact of disability on this young mother and her family. Living in a very deprived area where any domestic task is made more difficult due to poor access to water and electricity, Esther’s disability made life a nightmare for her. She was not only physically, but also emotionally exhausted, and had lost all her self-esteem, especially in dealing with her husband and their four children.
FDS Esther Labiran V
Personalized, Speedy and Efficient Support
Getting Esther back to her feet was a key objective. With that, Marne did everything she could both for and with Esther. Better equipped to deal with the authorities and to stand up for Esther, Marne went with her to the local social services, helped her with procedures from start to finish, and eventually, in September 2013, Esther was provided with a prosthetic leg.
On Track Now
It’s great to see Esther regain hope and make plans!
She has already put herself forward to join one of the four new sewing co-operatives set up by SEED. The income she will receive will complement that of her husband, a labourer on construction sites. Their family will no longer have to rely on hand-outs from their neighbors, and therefore can get their independence and dignity back.
In the last few months, Marne’s repeat visits have supported Esther’s family on other levels too. The social worker, now a trusted adviser, has taught Esther and her husband the basic rules of hygiene and education, and has referred her to one of her co-workers, who teaches the poorest people to save money under the Piso-Pisong Pondo capital build-up program.
Esther is now very much on the right track, just like many other very deprived families supported by the SEED’s Family Development Service,