Digital Diary

This project aims to enable healthcare workers in South and South East Asia to share their personal experiences of Covid-19, both during and after, including periods of lockdown and social distancing by using a Digital Diary as a creative tool. This may include stories and reflections of some of the challenges for participants during this time, as well as the positive experiences they may have had, either personally, within family, within their workplace and their community. 

Digital Diaries in Indonesia

Listening to community member

This project aims to inspire Indonesian people to speak up, share their stories, opinion and feeling about the pandemic, as well as spread positive messages among the people. Scientifically, the result of this project can be used to study how the pandemic affected to people behaviors.

Digital Diaries in Viet Nam

Participant reflecting her Covid-19 experience

This project aims to enable healthcare workers in Vietnam to share their personal experiences of Covid-19, both during and after, including periods of lockdown and social distancing by using a Digital Diary as a creative tool. This may include stories and reflections of some of the challenges for participants during this time, as well as the positive experiences they may have had, either personally, within family, within their workplace and their community. Participants in this project are invited to share these stories as openly and honestly as they feel comfortable using videos, photos, drawings or recordings and other artworks of their own free will.

Digital Diaries in Nepal

The objectives for conducting the digital diary project will be to eventually take the gathered materials to a wide audience using social media platforms, and when physical movement does become possible, to take the materials to the communities directly. By watching the digital diary stories it is expected that viewers/audiences will compare their own economic and emotional struggles during this phase of the pandemic and help them evaluate what could have been done better and what could have been avoided. The digital diaries will gather wide-ranging stories, not just of struggles but also positive stories of cooperation, resilience, and inspiration. The stories can range from those that are still unfolding to reflections of experiences that have just passed by. Below are 6 community-led documentary examples were recorded in Nepal. More videos can be found in this channel: Link

Bhanubhakta a student lives with four other siblings in a tiny rented room in Kathmandu. With a lockdown in progress due to the coronavirus – they find themselves virtually trapped in the room. Fast running out of food with no money and no internet access for online classes, life suddenly becomes dauntingly uncertain for them.

Sunita is a paramedic counsellor who job it is to deliver vital anti-retroviral medications to people living with HIV. With no transportation because of the lockdown, her work has become near impossible. She is forced to walk for hours in the hills and mountains of her district to make sure the medications get to people living with HIV.

Sarita is a lab assistant in a private hospital. She was among the first to be diagnosed positively for the coronavirus in Nepal. Her entire world changed when word got out on social and other media in the country about her positive status. She was vilified by her community and still faces humiliation even though she no longer has the virus. Sarita is still deeply troubled and traumatized by her experience

The sudden imposition of the lockdown means that Dhana finds himself all alone in his rented room. Dhana is very weak and requires dialysis two times a week. He has no one to help him cook, wash, clean and his trips to the hospital for dialysis is hugely difficult for he has to walk to and from the dialysis centre. Moreover, Dhana has no money left and is behind on his rent.

Manoj – a daily wage earner finds himself without any work after the lockdown started. He lives with an ageing father and two small children – his wife having left him recently as he was unable to provide. With no work and no income, Manoj is forced to rely on goodwill and credit from shopkeepers to feed his family but this goodwill does not last long and Manoj is unsure what to do next.

Kamala is the only female journalist in her district. The lockdown has forced her to change the way in which she reports her stories as it has made her rely more and more on her male colleagues for transportation. This has raised the eyebrows of her conservative community and resulting allegations make it harder for her to focus on her work. The nature of her work also means that Kamala has to live apart from her family and the two factors are proving a real test of her mental strength.