Written in retrospect

May
29
Tanzil with children

By Tanzil Miah, Specialist Dietitian

Above all else I wanted for my experience of volunteering with Rama Foundation to be a rewarding one not just for those we were supporting, but for myself too. I promised myself that I would maintain a positive mind-set from the offset - as cliché as it may sound I felt this was the driving force behind our accomplishments.

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Something I will remember forever

May
20

By Claire Holgate, Specialist Dietitian

It is difficult to put into words my reflection on our trip to India, it is something I will remember forever;

We spent the first few days of our trip as tourists, getting to know India. We wanted to immerse ourselves in India’s rich culture, colour, food and most importantly acclimatise ourselves to the weather! I feel this was such an important part of our journey as it introduced us to the wonderful way of life, kindness and optimism of the Indian people.

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A restless dissatisfaction!

May
08

By Artika Datta, Advanced Specialist Dietitian

I have returned from India after spending a week in Rishikesh volunteering in Ganga Prem Hospice and Government School number 8 with restless dissatisfaction. I am pleased with what I have achieved with the help of my colleagues Claire, Helaina and Tanzil and my supportive family but impatient that there is much more we can still to do.

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Reflections on my volunteering in India with Rama Foundation in April 2019

May
02
Helaina (far right) distributing books and pencils to children from disadvantaged backgrounds attending government school number 8. These materials were kindly donated by her family and friends in the UK.

By Helaina Jackson, Specialist Dietitian, Cambridge University Hopsitals NHS Foundation Trust

It has been two weeks since I returned from India, yet only now am I beginning to process and reflect on what we achieved and the work that still lies ahead. Looking back is almost surreal. It was a challenging, fun, life-changing and hugely eye-opening adventure. In some ways, I am frustrated and want to return and continue the important work that we started.

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Artika Datta's blog, India April 2019

Apr
01

By Artika Datta, Advanced Specialist Dietitian

A lifelong passion for learning and the desire to enhance my knowledge have helped me to remain self- motivated. After completing BSc. Honours in Nutrition and Msc. in Dietetics from Kings College London, I was very fortunate to get my first job as a dietitian in Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

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Claire Holgate's blog, India April 2019

Apr
01

By Claire Holgate, Specialist Dietitian

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Helaina Jackson's blog, India April 2019

Mar
31

By Helaina Jackson, Specialist Dietitian
I have been working at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge for over 3.5 years, initially as a newly-qualified dietitian before deciding to specialist in head and neck cancer.

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Tanzil Miah's blog, India April 2019

Mar
31

By Tanzil Miah, Specialist Dietitian
At school I was never the kid who knew that they wanted to be a Doctor, a lawyer or a dancer when they grew up, so after finishing my A-Levels I took a year out to explore my options.

I spent a lot of time researching Dietetics, before shadowing an Oncology Dietitian at Addenbrooke’s Hospital - I knew instantly that it was the career for me! I completed my undergraduate training at Coventry University and have worked as a Dietitian since, moving around the country for various job roles.

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My time at Divya Prem, by Joe Cottrell

Dec
16

When I arrived at the gates of Divya Prem Sewa Mission (after a gruelling taxi journey in which I’d gotten lost after giving the driver the wrong address), I had no idea what to expect. The chance to come to this amazing place had been presented to me rather serendipitously by a friend of mine who happened to live next door to two people connected with it. I agreed to volunteer my services as an English teacher for a brief two weeks. Nothing could’ve prepared me for the depth and beauty of the experience I was to have.

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The object of the Rama Foundation is to develop the capacities and the skills of members of socially and / or economically disadvantaged communities in all parts of the world (and particularly in India) in such a way as they are better able to identify, and help meet their needs and to participate more fully in society.

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