Nia is a young Indonesian who not only lives with a hearing impediment, but also tirelessly campaigns for others who are living with their own disabilities.
“I first heard about the Award through the Wisma Cheshire Home, Indonesia – a locally registered not-for-profit foundation with an affiliation to the worldwide NGO, Leonard Cheshire Disability. The charity runs a programme called the ‘Young Voices’, which works with young Indonesians to campaign for the rights of people living with a disability in Indonesia.
“On hearing about the Award I became curious about how it might be able to help me develop my own potential.
“I had lots of challenging experiences while participating in my Award, including completing my Adventurous Journey with Outward Bound Indonesia. I was selected to join a programme called Turning Disability into Achievement. I climbed to the top of a mountain and crossed a lake using a canoe with my hearing impaired friend. There was a lot of miscommunication in the process, but we both learned a lot about how to communicate and understand each other better. In fact, we built a life-long friendship with one another.
“Through doing my Award I definitely felt that I developed my confidence, which helped me to engage better with my community. The programme taught me many other things too. I have learned to manage my time better, to keep building experiences, and also to embrace trying new things.”