In celebration of World Humanitarian Day 2021, meet Nino Kim R. Diez, ProACT’s Project Officer and one of our Real Life Heroes! Get to know Kim and find out how he takes action against climate change:
What is your role and/or key responsibilities in Action Against Hunger?
I take the lead in implementing the ProACT Project in the province of Surigao del Sur. The aim of the project is to improve vulnerable communities’ resilience to disasters and climate change.
How long have you been working as a humanitarian worker?
I have been working as a humanitarian worker for 13 years.
What motivates you to become a humanitarian worker?
My motivation comes from my personal experiences and struggles in the past. I have seen that vulnerable sectors often do not have enough representation, especially us who are differently-abled. Most of the local governments before do not have concrete programs that specifically cater to these sectors. I want to be able to fill that gap in my own way.
Why are you making this sacrifice?
I am a teacher by profession, but I have chosen to be in the development work because as I see it, it is not only the children who need attention but also other vulnerable groups such as women, PWD’s, Senior Citizens, and Indigenous People.
What have been the challenges to your work?
Being away from my family is a big challenge for me. Sometimes I cry when I realize that, while I am serving the underserved communities, my family is longing for my presence as well. One other challenge is the different political and cultural environments that I encounter in my work almost every day.
What motivates you to keep doing your work even with these challenges?
Despite these challenges, I continue doing the work because I have a mission to fulfill for myself, especially for the people who are unfortunate in life. It is both the love and understanding of my family that fuel me to continue humanitarian work.
What are you most proud of?
I am very proud to become an instrument in the development of communities, especially the people who have been hit by disasters. I have become part of their successful journey toward building a better life and achieving their dreams.
What climate change impact have you seen with your own eyes?
The effects of climate change are inevitable. Through the years, I have seen the sea level rise and changes in seasonal patterns. These, coupled with the increased frequency of typhoons, have greatly impacted the communities I work in.
How do you help in combating climate change?
I always encourage my team to plan and combine our trips when doing fieldwork. I also try to go paperless, be it in the office or in the field, as much as possible. Moreover, I encourage the community, especially farmers, to use low-cost technologies and environmentally-friendly agricultural techniques. Lastly, I participate in the political process of formulating plans to address climate change.
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