Meet the Team 2016

UK Volunteer Team

Amy – Project Officer for S.A.L.V.E. International

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Helen – Team Leader

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BA Geography, Alumni (Just graduated!)

Emma – Community Research Sub-Team

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BNurse (Hons), 2nd year.

“I really wanted to be involved with Team Uganda and the S.A.L.V.E community research project as I felt that it will provide a long term resource for the charity and have a positive impact for children living on the streets of Jinja. I believe that being involved with the project is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I hope to gain an invaluable experience in a challenging environment.”

Jonathan Mason – Community Research Sub-Team

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LLB Law with Politics, 2nd Year

“I wanted to get involved with Team Uganda because I am really interested in furthering their work. Getting an education is often taken for granted in the UK as every child can access a school. Here in Uganda it is not available for every child and this can be a detrimental hindrance on social mobility and widens the inequality gap in society.”

Lucy Hicks – Community Research Sub-Team

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Oral Health Science, 2nd Year

“I have always enjoyed volunteering so I feel the next step would be to volunteer in an international project. Having learnt about the level of social deprivation in Uganda the aims of the Team Uganda project would be directly beneficial to the children living on the streets in Uganda. I am looking forward to spending time working with S.A.L.V.E. and seeing the changes which we can help to make throughout the project.”

Mohammad Raees Ashraf – Community Research Sub-Team

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Medicine, 4th Year

“I am very excited to take part in this project! Can’t wait to get involved with SALVE’s community research project, which will hopefully have a positive long term impact on the work they do. Meeting the kids and doing arts/crafts etc with them at the holiday camp will also be lots of fun! I feel this will be a unique opportunity for me to immerse myself in a new culture, and will give me a newfound perspective on how lucky we are in a developed country.”

Steven Jackson – Community Research Sub-Team

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Ancient History, 2nd Year

“I’m incredibly interested in the international development sector and I would love to have a career in the third sector, with work in Africa being appealing. I chose to apply for Team Uganda specifically because it’s a well established project that works with a brilliant charity and I feel like our work here will have a genuine positive impact.”

Shahera Khatun-Ali – Community Research Sub-Team

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BA (Hons) English Language for Education, 2nd Year

“It might sound cheesy but I’ve always wanted to contribute to changing at least one person’s life during my life time. I’ve always been really passionate about charity work and travel, so this was the perfect opportunity to expand on that. I’m really excited about this project and can’t wait to see the difference we make whilst exploring the beauty of Uganda.”

Grace Macmillan – Community Research Sub-Team

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Bsc Environmental Science, 1st Year

“I wanted to be part of team Uganda because I think that our generation takes a lot for granted this day and age, and I wanted to give back to people that may not have quite the same opportunities as I have had. I also wanted to learn as much as I could about a culture that I know little about.”

Katie Dickinson – Social Enterprise Sub-Team

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Pharmacology & Physiology with Industrial Experience, 2nd year

“I really wanted to volunteer for Team Uganda because I wanted to give my time to help those less fortunate than I am. I am excited to share skills and experiences with the Ugandans so we can all learn from each other.”

Lucia Banjo – Social Enterprise Sub-Team

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Management, Leadership and Leisure, 2nd Year

“The reason I really wanted to be a part of Team Uganda was because the project is about making a long term difference to S.A.L.V.E and the children they help. I study a business degree and am looking forward to applying skills I have learnt to my research on our social enterprise.”

Monifah Hwata – Social Enterprise Sub-Team

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Law, 1st Year

“I decided to volunteer with S.A.L.V.E because it is an amazing organisation putting children first, providing them with opportunity and an upbringing with a sense of community cohesion around them. I believe that a united loving family, and the opportunity to have an education is important foundation in any child’s life and I wanted to be involved in making that happen.”

Neel Gadhia – Social Enterprise Sub-Team

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Medicine, 4th Year

“After having volunteered with International Citizen Service (ICS), I wanted to further my volunteering journey and was excited to see an opportunity offered by the University of Manchester. I was very excited to take part in the Team Uganda 2016 project where I am able to continue my volunteering efforts and learn about a new culture and take part in new experiences.”

Shabri Chandarana – Social Enterprise Sub-Team

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Dentistry, 3rd Year

“After seeing the Team Uganda opportunity advertised through the school of dentistry I decided to apply for the experience of a lifetime through working with S.A.L.V.E. The thought of numerous children living in unfathomable conditions was something I couldn’t ignore and is the reason why I wanted to put my skills to use in helping S.A.L.V.E. bring about equality and change to the lives of the children of Jinja.”

Vikram Puri – Social Enterprise Sub-Team

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Medicine, 4th Year

“I volunteered in a hope to be involved in making a sustainable difference.  I really wanted to be involved with this project to help S.A.L.V.E. continue the amazing work they do for children living on the streets whilst simultaneously being a rewarding and satisfying experience for myself. Furthermore I believe this will be a fantastic experience from which I will develop my current skills and learn about a new culture.”

Ugandan Volunteer Team

Joel – Community Research Sub-Team

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“Being a social worker, I developed the passion of working with people of different backgrounds unconditionally. So I decided to volunteer with S.A.L.V.E. International in order to take the skills I have to a greater level. Next to this, I have a love of associating with children, more so the orphans and vulnerable children, with an attempt of giving them hope for their bright future”.

Judith – Community Research Sub-Team

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“I volunteered because I have a passion for children and I have always been hurt seeing children suffering on streets so I felt I had to give back by showing them some love and a sense of belonging. I have chosen to volunteer because I have always worked with children and so I wanted to meet a different group and share with them so I can build up their mind and see them grow in all aspects. I love making friends, photography, singing and dancing.”

Kemba – Community Research Sub-Team

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“Because I was once a vulnerable child, I always wanted to associate with vulnerable children. Because I am a practising social worker, I saw this as a chance to develop my career, hence fulfilling my hobby of doing community work and improving on my problem solving skills.”

Richard – Community Research Sub-Team

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“I got passionate to be part of the S.A.L.V.E. team so as to place young people at the forefront of change and development!”

Paul – Social Enterprise Sub-Team

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“I volunteered with S.A.L.V.E. to give back to the community, particularly the kids living on the street. It’s a venture I don’t ever regret taking as I believe young people are the pillars of tomorrow and I find it awesome.”

Phillip – Social Enterprise Sub-Team

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“I joined S.A.L.V.E. to help change the world through volunteering with all the passion and give inspiration to the kids of the streets – they are motivated by the people they look at. I expect to get new friends and experience of working with and international NGO like S.A.L.V.E.”

Flavia  – Social Enterprise Sub-Team

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“I chose to volunteer with S.A.L.V.E. so that I would fulfil my social worker practices being a social worker by profession. I have the heart to see others succeed because I believe no one wishes to be in hard situations forever. Being an advocate I prefer advocating for the little voices – I also want to help young children especially the vulnerable and less fortunate. Hence, by volunteering with S.A.L.V.E. I wanted to demonstrate my practical help to the target group which has been one of my dreams since childhood.”

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