In this blog post Kanan Silvera, Educate for Life Process Manager working full time in India, shares her experiences of joining Hunar Ghar and of her first few months with us.
In April 2013 I had applied to Educate for Life (Ed) to work as a Program Manager for Hunar Ghar, Bakhel. A Week later I got a mail from Ed for a telephonic interview. In May 2013 I faced a Personal interview at Udaipur. I had no idea what the job was going to be like. But, 11th June when Vivek called he said “Hello, I am Vivek calling from Educate for Life” I thought to myself you are kidding me! Educate For Life!! I knew if I did get the job, I would be experiencing something completely different!
16th June 2013 was my first visit at Hunar Ghar. Here I met Vivek, he picked up me from Swaroopgunj. He showed me our Rohida office, here I met Sam who comes from Ireland and is working on Bakhel Village’s women’s health issues. Vivek and I went to Hunar Ghar School in the afternoon. Here I met Ed and Bhuriyaram. The experience I had was amazing! Hunar Ghar school building and surrounding location was fabulous. Everything was going like I’m in a dream.
I came to Udaipur on 31st June 2013 only having one friend and not knowing anybody. But unfortunately before I came to Udaipur she got transfer at Rajsamand District. I did not know what to expect from staying alone but I was very confident that I was going to love it! It will be easy once I get used to it, is what I told myself.
I joined RBKS on 1st July as Educate for Life Process Manager. Since this is my first blog entry; I’ll just give a little bit of information about myself. I am Kanan Silvera, coming from Gujarat state’s Anand District. I have completed my Masters in Social Work. I have joined Hunar Ghar as Educate for Life Process Manager.
And now my journey starts for Hunar Ghar! A week later I went to Hunar Ghar. My role profile was already prepared by Educate for Life so it’s not hard for me to understand my roles and responsibilities at Hunar Ghar. But it’s different state, different language, different culture, different work, more responsibilities, and more expectation! It’s like it didn’t matter if I knew Gujarati, English or Hindi; it was still Greek and Latin to me! When I reached Hunar Ghar It was game time for the children. Some children were playing in the playground, some were sitting at one side and watching children playing. I met the entire Hunar Ghar Team. I had to follow and observe how my team worked. I was a silent observer for the first two days.
I met Sam & Neha, they are working on launching Safe motherhood & Childhood program in Bakhel village. The main aim of this program is to increase women’s knowledge on pregnancy and increase use of PHC and other health service, early childhood care with the long term goal of addressing malnutrition in this village. It was training time for community facilitators. So, I had the opportunity of getting to know the program. VP decides her vision for Bakhel’s women.
I met Deepak! He has been working with Hunar Ghar for the last five years but unfortunately it was his last week of work at Hunar Ghar. Everyone welcomed me to Hunar Ghar and all said a sad good bye to Deepak from Hunar Ghar. All the staff gave him fare well on his last day.
On the 4th day I came to know about the mobile clinic service. It was an amazing experience working with VP to inform the community people about the Mobile clinic coming to Kharavali on Saturday. I accompanied VP in Kharavali while Gopal and Vivek went to Jhanjur and Sam and Neha gave information in Dholi Magri and Andat. The language they speak is so similar to Gujarati so I felt like I was working in Gujarat only.
After spending a week at Hunar Ghar I came back to Udaipur. I came by jeep from Sulav to Devla and the jeep was crammed, inside and out, with men, women, children and babies. From Devla high way I came by roadways bus. It was around 4 to 5 hours journey.
At RBKS office I met Shrishti, We both are at the same stage of life. She’s also coming from another state & staying alone in Udaipur. We became really close friends in a very short time. We walked to our rooms together each day, stopping for gol gupa and ice cream on the way. We spoke and spoke and spoke non- stop! It was great fun time. She helped me in adjusting to the RBKS setup.
I met Chetan as well; he is handling Educate for Life accounts at RBKS. I always found a smile on his face. Then I started to understand the account work. Chetan asked me; “Yes ma’m, what can I help you & what you want to know about account! I thought to myself, from where do I need to start? Chetanji, accounting is a new chapter for me. I am your new student. So start from account’s A. We go through each budget head; he showed me a cash book, ledger book, vouchers and purpose/use of each one in account. He tries to help me, but it was not easy work to understand the accounts in a week. I asked him so many questions. Sometimes questions I repeated. But RBKS team supported me in solving queries.
By the time I came back to Udaipur, I felt different. I wanted to spend more time at Hunar Ghar. I felt more confident and I knew I will never be scared to travel alone! And I decided to spend 18-20 days at Hunar Ghar.
Now I have completed my four months at Hunar Ghar. All in all I enjoyed my work at Hunar Ghar, Bakhel. I know that there are going to be many challenges to face when aiming to work for a longer time. I will come back with a new blog and with new updates and new events at Hunar Ghar. Till then take care and Ram Ram….