Posted February 4, 2013. 8 Comments
Namaste! My name is Sam and I am delighted to introduce myself as part of the Educate for Life team. I have long been interested in social justice and development work and after spending 6 years studying (B.A. in Spanish and Sociology, M.A. in Gender, Development and Rights) I thought that it was about time I put it into practice! I must also, at this point, say thank-you to my two great girls who have encouraged me on this journey.
I have not yet arrived in Bakhel but I will be working closely with the women’s groups there where I aim to raise awareness of their rights and entitlements in relation to maternal healthcare. Liaising with government officials and service providers will also be a significant part of my work. Hopefully we can then begin to understand and address the issues that affect women’s ability to access maternal health services.
I arrived in India almost 3 weeks ago from the small island of Ireland. It is my first time in India and what an experience it has been so far! India is chaotic, crazy, noisy, dirty, colourful, intriguing, special and amazing! After spending 2 nights in Delhi I arrived in the wonderful city of Udaipur which is about 140 Km from Bakhel. I am based here for about a month while I take on the challenging task of learning as much Hindi as I can in a very short space of time! I have been taking lessons with a guy called Aditya, 2 hours a day Monday-Friday. I also try and speak to the locals every day and I am certainly making a little progress. It’s not easy though!
Nonetheless, it’s important that I can communicate to some extent with the women and my work colleagues so I will continue to try my best.
I’m so excited to go to Bakhel and meet the people who live there. It will be about another 2 weeks before I do so and I will be sure to update you then on how things are going. Until then……….