Over several days last week John Cartwright, Michael Gehling, Beatrice Duffield and Robert Hill (all undertaking assignments developed by ABV) attended the AVID Annual Forum in Indonesia, along with other Australian volunteers currently on Australian Volunteers for International Development assignments.

This year the AVID Forum had a focus on Ddisability. Several experts talked about the current state of people with disability or ‘difabel’ as they are known in Indonesia. Participants heard from several people with disability about their experiences and personal journeys, and visited several centres for the disabled in Denpasar.

ABV BD Executive Tony Mansfield helped facilitate a session for groups to work out how they could raise awareness further and how the disabled could be more included in their host organisation and in our own volunteer agencies.

According to Tony “Altogether it was very sobering and moving, but it was also great to see how enthusiastic all the Australian volunteers were.” “Special thanks to Nani from AVI who made everyone feel welcome and ensured we got some great photos from the event.”

The Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program is an Australian Government initiative. John Cartwright, Michael Gehling, Beatrice Duffield and Robert Hill are all currently undertaking assignments developed by Australian Business Volunteers working in consortium with AVI a delivery partner for the AVID program.

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