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HelpAge's Margaret Chilcott at the Municipal Nursing Home

© Leah Gordon/HelpAge International Help the Aged 2010

 

HelpAge's Emergencies Co-ordinator Margaret working at the Municipal Nursing Home in Port au Prince, Haiti.

 

“Why at 62 years am I still in Humanitarian Aid work? I guess the simple answer is that I can, I am still active, can keep up with the pace and am still learning every time I go to another country.

 

"There are many advantages in being an older humanitarian aid worker. After nearly 20 years in this work with various non-government organisations working in communities with all age groups, I find my age brings to the work my experiences which help me to emphasise with others joys and sorrows, such as losing a child.

 

"Age unlocks doors to people in cultures where women are not necessarily held in high regard. As I have got older I have learnt to be more patient and to pace myself, recognising the signs my body gives out under stress and pressure.

 

"I have many years of experience that I can share to enable others to believe that no matter what their age, they still have much to bring to their own community. I have many years of work in me still and hopefully in another 10 years I will still be as active”.

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Taken on January 21, 2010