More Canadians doing good in the world

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.

Me with Margery (m), Bob and Sara (r) at my apartment in Dhaka.

Me with Margery (m), Bob and Sara (r) at my apartment in Dhaka.

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.

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. 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 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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