Brigid O’Dea: Standing Out

A BENGALI PROVERB ‘Kôm panir machh besh panite uţhle o machhe beshi lafalafi kôre’ If a fish of little water moves to a lot of water, that fish will jump around a lot; meaning one will always stand out if they move to a place to which they don’t belong!

Duchess of Cornwell visits Suas Project in Galway

The Duchess of Cornwall visits Suas Literacy Support Programme at Claddagh National School, Galway Today (May 19th) Suas, the educational charity welcomed Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall to their Literacy support programme in the Claddagh National School in Galway.

Partha Sardar: Bridging the Gap

Partha first attended the Sabuj Kunri Centre, run by our partners Sabuj Sangha and funded by Suas, at age 6. With his father’s sudden departure from the family home and lots of siblings to raise, Partha’s mother focused on earning money to feed her family, leaving home early each morning meant Partha spent much of […]

Tomina Khatun: Leading the Change

“I love to study,” Tomina says, “And I love my school because my teachers are so friendly and I can read books all the time” Tomina attends primary school in the community of Chariswar in south Kolkata, India. It is an area rife with poverty; small homes constructed of mud, whose residents are largely pottery […]

Naushad Khan: The difference Volunteers make

Naushad Khan, Director of ShineShine Foundation, working towards development of urban slums in the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi, started in 2006 in the slums of Jagdamba camp, Panchsheel Vihar. Initiated with the aim to support marginalized children through educational opportunities, today Shine has expanded to Noida (Uttar Pradesh) and Lakkarpur (Faridabad, Haryana) with […]

Diana Musenya: On the Path

My name is Diana Musenya and I am an alumnus of Gatoto Primary School. I have been involved with Gatoto in one way or another for over seventeen years. I went to Gatoto School from 1997 to 2003 when I sat for my KCPE examination. When the results were released in December of that year […]

Nick Ledbetter: The life of a Team Coordinator

Having volunteered for 3 months with Suas with Kenya in 2007, I thought long and hard about returning to the programme, albeit in a different role. The culmination of my professional exams and the natural break in my career offered a window to immerse myself in a completely different environment to the big corporation where […]

Simon Walsh: A day in the life of a Sabuj Sangha Volunteer

Wake up. Sweat. Get out of bed. Sweat. Shower. Sweat. Not just a standard start, but a guaranteed start to a day in Kolkata. Mornings are hectic. Thirteen Volunteers milling around, trying to get ready for the day. Leave the house. Stop off at the shop across the road. Get the supplies for the day. […]

Cathy Gormley : A Galway Mentor’s Perspective

Back in September 2011, as I curiously wandered round the NUIG volunteering fair like all first years do, I encountered the Suas stand. I was interested in the Literacy Support Programme/Homework Club. After speaking to Evelyn, the mentor coordinator, I decided to give the programme a go. I didn’t really know what to expect at […]

Claire Glavey: Developing a new perspective

When I applied for the role of Development Coordinator, I was working in human rights and development education. I worked part-time with Amnesty International on resource development and teacher training programmes. I also worked part-time with Link Community Development recruiting schools and teachers for development education programmes, designing teaching materials and running workshops.