Anuva Rangsa, 22 from Birisiri in Bangladesh, volunteered with Y Care International ICS from October to December 2014 as a Team Leader. Anuva and her team raised awareness about the importance of education and supported the community by helping to repair flood-damaged river banks – all in response to surveys the volunteers conducted with the local communities.
Anuva is an active member of the Birisiri YMCA Youth Forum and has also been involved with the School of Peace Programme, a peace building partnership programme with Interfaith Cooperation Forum and the Asia & Pacific Alliance of YMCAs. Anuva also volunteered with Birisiri YMCA during the Flooding Emergency Relief Project in 2014, funded by Y Care International.
Anuva saw an opportunity to build on her leadership skills, contribute to the community and gain more knowledge and experience in volunteerism by applying for ICS. During her placement, Anuva was involved in community development activities including awareness raising sessions on issues of health and sanitation, women’s rights, early marriage and gender inequality, volunteerism and disaster risk reduction, repairing flood damaged riverbanks and assisting in non-formal primary schools.
“ICS has helped me to build my confidence and develop my leadership skills. It’s also changed my attitude with regards to respecting each other’s culture, religious faith and opinion.”
Using her ICS experience, Anuva is currently working as a Community Health Volunteer under the Disaster Risk Reduction and Health Project of Y Care International. Anuva also recently worked with the National Council of YMCAs to help run the ICS Alumni Event in Bangladesh, which took place in August.