Hi! My name is Kathryn Bush and I am one of the four Notre Dame interns from SIBC in New Delhi, India this summer. I am completing my internship at CanSupport, a cancer and palliative care NGO, and am here with InternshipDesk, a program that sets up a group of about twelve students from the US with various internships.
Coming to India, I never imagined what I would do or see. The first week of being here, our group was supposed to go on a Himalayan Trek. I’m not sure if you’ve heard anything about the monsoons in India (there are something like over 600 dead, here’s an article if you’re really interested http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/06/22/india-floods-monsoon-uttarakhand-idINDEE95L02W20130622), but, needless to say, we decided to stay away from North India and therefore the Himalayas. Instead we went to Agra and got to see the Taj Mahal. It was gorgeous and looked new even though it was hundreds of years old.
We’ve also been around New Delhi to places like the Red Fort (built by Shah Jahan, the same person who built the Taj Mahal), India Gate, and various markets.
This week I started my internship. On Monday I got to go to “daycare” where children who are undergoing chemo are brought to our building in the morning where we entertain them for the period between their treatments. Here’s what it looks like:
On Tuesday I went on home visits with one of CanSupport’s palliative care teams. It was eye-opening as I was able to witness the extreme poverty present in India but also see how CanSupport is able to make a huge difference in people’s lives. It was difficult because all of the conversations were in Hindi and the doctor was the only person who spoke English, translating to me occasionally. My most recent projects have been back at the CanSupport’s office and have focused around correcting English grammar in papers and designing a brochure for a new campaign. I work with two students interning from Princeton University and am excited to get to know them better too.
I would like to take this opportunity to also thank SIBC and Notre Dame for granting me this internship and wonderful opportunity to see a foreign country and not only as a tourist, but as someone who will hopefully make a bit of a difference in the people’s lives. I would also like to thank Frank Potenziani for his donations to the program and continued support for Notre Dame and especially SIBC, we would not be here without you.
Until next time, I hope you look forward to my next post (though three more interns from India will be posting in the next few days).