As many of you already know, Peter Wing & Claire Weeks from SpiNepal in Vancouver are the people that introduced me to SIRC , that’s how I ended up working in Nepal for 5 months. Clearly Peter & Claire know lots of people who do good around the world, and e-introduced me to a few folks also from Vancouver who are currently volunteering here in Dhaka, in a neighbourhood called Uttara. They are medical folks – doctors and nurses who are visiting instructors, teaching a nursing training program at IUBAT.
IUBAT aims to professionalize the nursing role by providing excellent training and certification by the Bangladeshi Government. Nurses here in Bangladesh are not well respected and are treated more like care attendants than the professionals they are. IUBAT aims to change that. Bob and Margery Hawkins, along with Sara Jackson came along to my apartment for a late lunch.
It was lovely to connect with Canadians from Vancouver and share our experiences of life in Dhaka and other places around the world. And give each other tips on how to make life a little easier in this city. The all important topic of where to get good coffee came up (North End – no place better hands down!) and I got to learn about a reliable and safe taxi service – invaluable when it can be so difficult to get around as a female alone.
Fortunately for them, Dr Karen Lund the Nursing Chair at IUBAT had a meeting in my part of town so they got a ride in an air conditioned car to my place – better than a 1.5 hour journey in a local bus and CNG. And got a ride home which was even better. It was also lovely to meet Karen who has been over 10 years in Dhaka and liking it here.
IUBAT also have some business training so I am hoping to make the trip out to IUBAT before I leave Bangladesh on June 26. Good luck to Bob and Margery for the remainder of their stay in Bangladesh (they leave end June) and to Sara who has another few months to go.