Joce recounts the lockdown experience differently, while doing his job as a driver

Joce recounts the lockdown experience differently, while doing his job as well as possible as a driver

Abela Ralaivita
Joyce en plein travail
UNICEF Madagascar/2020/Jocelyn Rajoelison
08 August 2020

Since the COVID19 first case in Madagascar was reported, UNICEF staff have been working from home. Many staff members have experienced this situation differently because they had to leave their house to guarantee the minimum service. Among them, Jocelyn Rajoelison alias Joce, is always at the heart of the activities by doing his job as a driver. Joce works outside two to three times a week to drive other employees working on the frontline to their workplace or to do errands. Indeed, it is thanks to him and other colleagues from several departments, in particular that of operations, that the masks, disinfecting gels or survival rations have been delivered to each staff. "Despite my fear of the risk of contamination, I try to properly carry out the tasks assigned to me because a lot of things depend on that," says Joce.

The drivers receive their schedule for the next day towards the end of the afternoon. Joce leaves the house very early in the morning to go to the office. The preparation work, which takes him around 45 minutes, is essential to reducing the risk of contamination. While washing the car or putting in place protective measures (disinfecting gel, mask, etc.), he always ensures that his work environment is a safe place for him and his passengers. After long hours of tour through the streets of the capital, Joce returns home, once a taxi drops him off.

A responsible father and husband
Joce follows a whole ritual before getting into his house. He makes sure not to bring in any object that may have been contaminated. When he is teleworking, he enjoys spending time with his family. These days are, according to him, good times for participating in family life.
He does the shopping once a week and he takes this opportunity to walk because it allows him to both practice sports and avoid public transport. Joce does not forget to sensitize the people around him on barrier gestures as soon as the opportunity arises. But the most important thing for him is to protect his family from the virus. “Children are more receptive than people think. You just have to explain the situation to them in a simple way and they understand easily,” he says.

Having joined the great UNICEF family in 2008, Joce says he has found his way. According to him, working on the front line opened his eyes to the harsh reality experienced by the population. Indeed, occupying this position allows him to bear witness to the positive impacts of UNICEF's interventions in the most remote areas of the island, but above all it has reinforced his convictions to contribute to the improvement of the lives of Malagasy children.



Joce en plein travail
UNICEF Madagascar/2020/Abela Ralaivita