2014 Humanitarian Hero Purnima Limbu Palunga
DUTY STATION: Nepal
POSITION: Programme Assistant
“To see returnee migrants, beneficiaries, and local communities become independent and empowered is a very rewarding part my work.”
WHAT DOES HUMANITARIANISM MEAN TO YOU IN ONE WORD?
WHY DID YOU BECOME A HUMANITARIAN WORKER OR VOLUNTEER?
Upon completing my education abroad, I decided to return home to do something that would contribute directly towards the local community and society. I am engaged in humanitarian work which helps make a small difference for future generations.
WHAT'S THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR WORK?
The most rewarding part of my work is that I get an opportunity to work directly with migrants and beneficiaries and with grassroots level NGOs and CSOs.
Moreover I feel most rewarded when I can actually see the results and outcomes of IOM’s work. Being a part of the whole process is very satisfying. To see returnee migrants, beneficiaries, and local communities become independent and empowered is a very rewarding part my work.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MORE CHALLENGING ASPECTS OF YOUR WORK?
As Nepalese staff members, we represent IOM and even small actions and opinions made at professional or personal levels can affect the image of IOM.
Building trust with beneficiaries can be challenging. Sometimes managing the expectations of beneficiaries can also be very challenging as people want immediate humanitarian assistance but we have only limited resources.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO?
Currently I directly interact and assist returnee migrants and vulnerable groups with income generation activity counselling, setting up micro-businesses, training and education, medical assistance, and financial assistance. I also help to mobilise project funding.