In the current war against COVID-19, Filipino nurses are hailed as heroes here and abroad. Known for their hard work, dedication and the ability to put on smiles and laugh even in the face of hardship, Filipino nurses are truly a powerful force in the world of healthcare. But behind those smiles however, these healthcare heroes struggle with fear and anxiety everyday. Their fear of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace makes them feel anxious about unknowingly exposing their family members to COVID-19 at home. Another issue they are currently struggling with is frontliner discrimination. Every now and then, it’s feels painful for us whenever we hear and read stories about fellow-nurses all over the country being avoided, bullied and even physically harmed simply out of the fear that they may be spreading COVID-19 after leaving the hospital. Such treatment dampens the morale of our healthcare workers. Some of them end up resigning from their posts due to anxiety, frustration and overfatigue.
Yes, they are our heroes.
Yes, they know they must try to stay strong not just for their sick and dying patients but also for their loved ones as well.
But yes, they are also human. They get tired. They get stressed.
And sometimes when no one’s looking, they break down and cry.
As we speak (or as you read rather), a lot of them are thinking of giving up.
Some are even starting to lose hope.
Well, we’re here to help them fight that and raise them back up.
“Hope for Our Heroes” is a fundraising movement by Nurse Hokage with nurses as beneficiaries. With the money that we will be raising, we will be setting up “Hope Stations” in the lobbies of our chosen hospitals for the distribution of PPEs and goods to our beneficiaries.
To our healthcare heroes, the fight against COVID-19 isn’t your fight alone.
Right now, it’s EVERYBODY’s fight.
And we choose to fight through kindness … with the belief that things can get better.
So please, to anyone with a generous heart, spare a thought for our healthcare heroes and share any amount you can give. Even a little amount goes a long way!
Be their hope.