Report by SVCT International Intern


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During my internship with SVCT, I had the chance to participate in many different activities. Through my work, I helped the families of inmates and promoted cancer awareness, while learning about the particular situation of prisoners and patients in India.

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Report by SVCT International Intern

  1. 1. Final report- Gina KhalafDuring my internship with SVCT, I had the chance to participate in many different activities. Through mywork, I helped the families of inmates and promoted cancer awareness, while learning about theparticular situation of prisoners and patients in India.1) Interaction with the inmates’ familiesDuring the 6 weeks spent with the NGO, I had the chance to meet several families of inmates. I askedthem questions, with the help of a translator, and took case studies. I also got to visit 3 families in theirhomes, enabling me not only to interact with them in a familiar setting, but also to see with my owneyes the conditions in which they live. These interactions allowed me to understand the situation of thefamilies left alone to survive, often neglected by their friends and family, and showed the important roleSVCT plays in helping the children.2) Distribution of school bags, stationary items and clothes to the childrenof inmatesAlmost every day, the family of inmates came to collect items for their children’s education. The NGOoffers them school bags, pens and other stationary items, as well as clothes. I participated in thedistribution of the given items.
  2. 2. 3) Participation in an internship summitDuring my first week at the NGO, I was invited to an internship summit at SGTB Khalsa, Delhi University.There, I informed and counseled students about the work that SVCT does and encouraged them to jointhe NGO. I also participated in the interviews of the students wanting to become interns.
  3. 3. 4) Taking part in the making of a documentary about the NGOI helped make a documentary about the NGO alongside a film director from Bombay. Not only was Ihelping behind the scenes, but I was also asked to learn a script and was placed in front of the camera totalk about my experience with the NGO.5) Making a documentary about cancer awarenessI worked on a documentary about cancer awareness in India with students from the Lingeya Institute ofMass Communication. I helped interview patients and doctors, and brought forward some ideasconcerning the film, helping with the script and the concept of the documentary.6) Visiting Metro HospitalI spent 2 days in Metro Hospital, where I interviewed cancer patients as well as doctors in order to helpfilm the documentary about cancer awareness. Dr Puneet Sharma, an oncologist, gave us a lot of advicefor the movie and explained the difficulties that patients in India face concerning cancer prevention. DrAmit Mittal enabled me to better understand the Indian health-care system and explained the waydoctors in India attempt to promote cancer prevention.7) Participation in another NGO programI went to the Backward Patron Society, another local NGO, where I participated in several activities:
  4. 4. A) Breast and cervical cancer awarenessI gave a PPT presentation on breast and cervical cancer to a group of about 35 women. I taught themabout the diseases and explained how they could be detected at an early stage and why they should be.
  5. 5. B) English courseI taught a group of 20 young students how to have a basic conversation in English. They all learnt how topresent themselves adequately in English, while I corrected any pronunciation or grammatical errors.C) Beauty classI assisted in a beautician class, learning how to apply a facial mask.D) Arts and CraftsI participated in an arts and crafts class, where women make different objects out of fabric.
  6. 6. E) Mehendi classI watched how Indian women make creative mehendi patterns.Gina KhalafUniversity of Montreal, Canada9thMay 2013