41: Ou Vanda & Rizal Balatbat on helping older people in Cambodia and the Philippines

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This episode is part of a special series: And Then Suddenly; Rising Voice(s)


In celebration of International Day of Older Persons, I talk with two guests who are using their retirement to help fellow senior citizens.  After a career working in Cambodian hospitals, Ou Vanda was painfully aware of the health issues facing older people in her country.  Upon his return to the Philippines, former educator Rizal Balatbat found himself learning about senior issues and broadcasting.  I talk to Ou about establishing an OPA in her village and Rizal about his radio show and how both are educating and pushing for policy changes through their work.



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And Then Suddenly; Rising Voice(s)

This special series of episodes features conversations with partners from Voice. Based in Africa and Asia, these individuals -often leaders of organizations or small groups- are working tirelessly to ensure that their own voices as well as those they represent are at the table and not on the menu. The moments they share are their very own and the conversations are impromptu and candid.

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About Voice:
Voice is an innovative grant facility that promotes inclusion and diversity in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia. It aims to amplify and connect thus far unheard voices in efforts to leave no one behind based on the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us.  Voice is financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and executed by Oxfam Novib and Hivos.

About And Then Suddenly:
The podcast about unexpected moments, writer Angela Santillo asks one question: What’s a moment that turned your life upside down?  Never knowing what her guests will say, the conversation takes twists and turns that go beyond our ordinary stories about big life moments.  Impromptu, funny, and always honest, this show explores what really happens after everything changes in an instant.