Emma Randall was one of the students who applied to take part in the DMU Square Mile trip to Ahmedabad in India. I had a great opportunity to be able to sit down with Emma to discuss her experience in India. Emma is a Student Nurse studying at De Montfort University in her second year.
Emma explained to me that the idea behind the trip initially was to “scope out future health projects that DMU Square Mile and #DMUglobal could get involved in”.
The group that visited Ahmedabad visited a hostel (Ashram) which looks after and educates 120 ‘untouchable’ children. In the Ashram, the children were provided are provided with more basic necessities such as clean water and more access to facilities whereas in the slum nearby, the establishment of clean water and shelter were not available any many faced obstacles in terms of access.
She was astounded by the children’s dreams and aspiration for them to prosper and become career minded individuals through education and development. “They need assistance with their English because that’s one main ways they can escape poverty”. Emma enjoyed her time at the Ashram and she addressed how she “would love to go back again”. The trip opened her eyes as she witnessed the deprived state the children and people in the slums were living in, “ it was like going back to basics and it makes you realise what you you havev and you should be appreciative for what you do have”.
Emma stated that social discrimination still exists in some areas although within religion the majority do tend to get along and live side by side in harmony, nevertheless social discrimination is still a exercised act. For example Emma informed me in the interview how the Dalit children who were from the lower cast system were usually told to sit in the back of the classrooms at the schools. Although in most of the government schools this is not practiced however many do still face social injustice. Emma pointed out how her trip to India was a “fantastic opportunity” and she specified how this would also be a great for opportunity for students to participate in as they would learn so much and gain an insight into the lives of the people in the ashram.
By Amal Fawzi – DMU Square Mile Graduate Champion