MR DAVLATOV, CURRENTLY TRAINING AT VIETCOT, GIVES HIS VIEWS ON THIS LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE

My name is Jumakhon Davlatov, I was born on 26.11.1992 in Tajikistan.

I studied at the Institute of foreign languages and I was working as a volunteer for Caritas Germany as a trainer for wheelchair users. I myself am a wheelchair user as I cannot walk because I had poliomyelitis.

I was given information on my current training programme by the World Health Organization. Mr Satish advised me on how to apply to become a fully-fledged orthopedic shoemaker, studying at VIETCOT in Viet Nam.

Actually, I had a completely different picture of this job. But when I started learning I found out that this job entails a great responsibility and is very difficult. In spite of this, I have to try my best. The training is very difficult but it is a good opportunity for people, especially for people with disability. Sometimes I think that I don’t deserve this job.

Life here is more difficult than at home, but I spent the whole of my life growing up alone, independently, so I like changes in life, it makes me stronger for the future. At first it seemed to me that I was on a different galaxy but now I’m used to it and I like it.

“My goal is to support nature and people, especially people with disability. I think orthopedics is the right way for me to do this. I have just two dreams: traveling and supporting people.”