Who are the business interns anyway?

I have been talking about the business interns for some time now, so it is about time you get to put a face to the names.

The business interns (l) Nikita (m) Rozina and (r) Binay, with me in the back.  Photo taken outside the entrance of SIRC

The business interns from ACE School of Management, Kathmandu (l) Nikita (m) Rozina and (r) Binay, with me in the back. Photo taken outside the entrance of SIRC

Rozina, Nikita and Binay are doing great work here at SIRC, showing some real initiative and are not afraid to roll up the sleeves and get these done.  And we laugh lots too which is fun. If anyone can believe it, I eat less than most Nepalis so they worry that I do not have a big enough lunch, or that I do not take any sugar in my coffee, or eat cookies …. I was always more of a savory person.  They want to rectify this and have invited me out for a Foodie Day in Bhaktapur.  Yay!  I am looking forward to that but it will have to be early April I am thinking as we have lots on the go right now.  Despite all this work, the team are still smiling! March 20th the Active Women of Nepal are having their monthly coffee morning at SIRC.  Esha is a member and we thought it was a good idea to get 25+ ladies out to Bhainsepati for breakfast and lunch, as well as a presentation on spinal injury rehabilitation by two of our female department heads:  Mundira Head of Nursing and Chanda Rehabilitation In Charge.  We’ll get an opportunity to sell our pesticide-free veggies from SIRC’s fields, and of course sell the many products made by the SIRC patients (felted bags & other things, candles, incense etc).  This is also a great opportunity for the interns to get in front of potential employers .  They already have their new boxes of business cards and are read to dish them out to the employers who show an interest in them. March 21st  we have the fundraiser for Ram’s Wheelchair Yaatra and are all set for this event.  You have heard much about the yaatra. March 22nd we have the golf tournament.  Looks like we have about 80 golfers, 10 hole sponsors, very nice trophies for the range of winners, a great raffle with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, as well as a few other prizes.  All in all it is coming along nicely. March 24th is the actual start of Ram’s Wheelchair Yaatra  and the only thing left to do is to put the final touches to the awareness presentation being used along the route. March 27th we have an important visit from one of SIRC’s key donors – Sir Michael Kadoorie of the Kadoorie Charitable Foundation, Hong Kong.  The Kadoorie Charitable Foundation provided funding for the first phase of the SIRC facility, and also the second phase of the facility:  expanded therapy areas plus a hydra-therapy pool.  Sir Michael Kadoorie is coming for a short visit to inaugurate the second phase addition – very exciting for SIRC! And these are only the events we have going in March!  We also have the Gala Dinner & Silent Auction on April 4th, and celebrate SIRC’s 12th Anniversary on April 7th. You can see why I was anxious to hire some business interns to help out with all of these plans.  And they too are learning lots:  the discipline of being planned and organized, the importance of paying attention to detail, the art of communication across the organization and to board members, and for Binay, revising websites.  It should put them in good stead for their next job. Much Thanks and Appreciation to Nikita, Rozina and Binay from all at SIRC!

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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2 Responses to Who are the business interns anyway?

  1. bkmiec says:

    Kate, I’m mostly just happy to see your smiling face again and nice to see the interns too : ). Glad you’re all having fun together (and sure, yes, getting some good work done too. I am sure they will learn lots from working with you).

    Veggies from the SIRC fields? Who takes care of those, I wonder? What kinds of veggies do they grow??


    • Kate Coffey says:

      The SIRC facility is built on a rather large piece of land, some of which is used to grow veggies to the West and East of the building. SIRC has a gardener on staff who employs women from the community to look after the fields. We grow enough veggies to feed the 100+ people daily without having to buy any, and sometimes more than we can use so then the spare veggies get sold to either staff or locals. That’s a lot of produce to grow given the diet is mostly vegetarian!

      Kinds of veggies …. cauliflower, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, peas, tomatoes, soybeans, onions, garlic, all kinds of leafy greens such as spinach, mustard leaves, coriander, chives. I am sure there is more but I cannot think.

      They have just planted 20 “orange’ trees and should get fruit in 2 years time. I say orange in inverted commas because they are really the easy peel satzumas that are loved, LOVED by the Nepalese.

      No pesticides or fertilizers are used and some day they hope to be classed as organic.

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