About Care Nepal British Columbia
Care Nepal BC was created to increase awareness surrounding those at risk in Nepal's healthcare system, often caused by low income and lack of resources. Inspired by Raheesa Jina's volunteering experience in 2016 at Chitawan Medical College, Care Nepal BC represents her continued efforts to bring awareness to the subject.
Raheesa's Journey to Nepal
I was super excited excited in 2016 to be able to go to Nepal to volunteer my time and work at Chitawan Medical College. Having spent my summer there I was very touched by the friendly people and how they welcomed me to work with them. All the volunteers were so supportive and friendly. Everyone I spoke to was there to make you feel welcome and were very appreciative for having me spend time with them to learn about their country and their culture.
Despite the language barrier I felt connected with all the people that I metbecause of their sincerity, passion, and love. The family that I stayed with made me feel a part of their family. They were genuine, respectful and warm and I will always remember my time with them.
The mother of the family made spaghetti for me once (even though she had never made it) because she knew I missed western food! The daughter made me feel like I had a sister and I will always remember going to see an Indian movie with her which we both thoroughly enjoyed in an air conditioned theatre!
I learned that the culture of Nepal is a mixture of the Indian subcontinent and Tibet. As an Ismaili Muslim with roots from East Africa I found many similarities in the culture of Tibet, particularly the food, dressing, music and dance. Before I went to Tibet I knew very little about their lifestyle, culture and traditions all of which were absolutely fascinating and beautiful.
Poverty is a major factor in Nepal and this explains the weak infrastructure and service delivery. Hospitals are under-resourced and can face significant service delivery challenges.
As a student from the industrialized world, I felt it was important to actually spend time in Nepal to fully understand the concerns, problems and needs of the people. My whole experience in Nepal was absolutely amazing and inspiring. Even though there were times I felt exhausted especially because it was so hot in the summer the adventures I had more than made up for it. I still laugh about the time when I was sitting on an elephant and getting sprayed cold water before the elephant decided to dump me in the water! The people that I was with made the trip an extraordinary adventure that I will never forget.
I made friends not only in Nepal but also other students that I have remained in contact with and would love to visit also. It is with this experience that I would like to share and bring awareness of the needs of the children in Nepal. I believe through joining forces with other local community organization we can strengthen our cause and make a difference.
Raheesa's Nepal Experience
- Designed a curriculum focused on women's health and led lectures on personal hygiene for female middle school students
- Comforted distressed families in the Emergency Department at Chitwan Medical College by entertaining children and sharing stories/engaging in cultural exchange.
- Logged 210 hours shadowing doctors and observing surgeries
- Selected to speak by Executive committee of Rhythms of India Gala 2019 - Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration on April 6,2019 at Fraser View Hall on experience in Nepal
- Invited Nepal House Society and Trans Himalayan Aids Society president to help them network and increase awareness of these organizations
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Raheesa Jina is a student at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She is completing her 4thyear of the Bachelor of Science a program. With an accomplished background in life sciences Raheesa has strong analytical and communication skills which she applies to her passion for community service and international outreach. Since a very young age, she has and continues to volunteer her time working with children in a variety of community outreach organizations and settings.