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The AUW Cherie Blair Fellows
With the ten Cherie Blair Fellows
A warm welcome from some of the students
Enjoying time with more of the students
Cherie recently visited Bangladesh on a four-day trip, during which she launched the Cherie Blair Fellowships at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong.
As a patron of the AUW, she gave Cherie Blair Fellowships to ten outstanding students who have demonstrated superior academic ability and outstanding leadership skills. Their profiles are below.
Drishya Gurung is an undergraduate student at AUW from Nepal. She wants to study international law and public policy, and her field of interest is Social Service. She is actively involved in many clubs including Junior Red Cross, Girl Scouts and Model United Nations. At AUW she is involved in Sustainability, Nep-Aasha Project, Community Service and Public Speaking. She hopes to join the United Nations after graduating from AUW.
Habiba Memi is from Bangladesh and is an AUW Access Academy student. After her struggle against discrimination, she has returned to higher education to prove herself and fight for women's rights. She is currently a research assistant in the AUW Social Science Department, President of the AUW Communication Club and a teacher at an NGO school in her locality. Habiba wants to empower women through education and enable financial stability. She believes 'women are not a burden; they are a blessing to our society.'
Parwana Fayyaz is from Afghanistan and a student of the AUW Access Academy, a year-long pre-undergraduate program that prepares students from underprivileged communities for a rigorous university education. Parwana is involved in the Journalism Club, the Student Government Council, the Art Club, and the Sustainability Club. Her career goal is to work for a women's rights institution. Parwana hopes to serve as a role model to Afghan women, so they can learn to be self sufficient.
Renu Johnson is from India and is an AUW undergraduate student. She always attends extra talks on campus and is a responsible Quantitative Reasoning tutor whose students value her guidance. She is a quiet worker who participates in many activities when given the opportunity.
Shugantha Paramanantham is from Sri Lanka and is a student of the AUW Access Academy. She is involved in the Creative Writing Club, Art Club, Dance Club and Communication Club. Shugantha also works in the AUW Library and in the AUW Health and Wellness Center. Her professional aim is to work for an educational organisation to help people in Sri Lanka overcome the trauma of war and discrimination.
Sreymom Eng is an AUW undergraduate from Cambodia whose main interest is science. When she has graduated, Sreymom plans to work with an NGO to improve the health and hospital conditions in her country to prevent malaria and dengue fever related deaths. Eventually she would like to become a professor in her country to directly share her knowledge and experiences with the young generation.
Tara Devi Subedi is a member of the AUW Access Academy from Nepal. In addition to her studies, Tara is currently involved in Table Tennis and Karate. In November 2009, she won a bronze medal in the Intra-district Karate Competition in Chittagong. After university she plans to work for an organisation supporting disabled children and under privileged girls in her home country.
Thilini Shanika Hewage is from Sri Lanka and is an AUW undergraduate. She is interested in psychology and social sciences leading to a career in social work or public health. She is an active member of the Film Night Club and Photography Club. As president of the first Student Government of the Access Academy last year, she successfully led a student community in a totally new multicultural environment.
Tshering Eudon from Bhutan is an Access Academy student. In addition to her studies, she is currently involved in the Creative Writing Club and has written her life story as part of the International Novel Writing Month project. Tshering Eudon's career goal is to work for an organisation that helps women prevent and overcome abuse from domestic violence.
Ulfat Jahan is from Bangladesh and is an AUW undergraduate student. She is interested in business studies as well as social science and literature. Her hobbies include travelling, reading, cooking and photography. Ulfat wants to work in business, politics or social work in Bangladesh, where the women are trailing behind men, to enhance the empowerment of women.
Thilini Shanika Hewage
Dear Mrs Blair
All my studies are going really well and happy to tell you that I'm maintaining higher marks as well. I got selected to attend a conference on Mental Health in Dhaka last month; it was the annual meeting of World Psychiatric Association. It was a great opportunity for me to meet a lot of important people as I'm thinking of majoring in Psychology.
I'm writing this mail especially to inform you that we, Sri Lankans are planning to do a peace project in Sri Lanka during our summer vacation. We have started writing the project proposal and we will be targeting on psychosocial development of youth in Internally Displaced People's (IDP) camps. Before it was supposed to be a project done by Sri Lankans, but now it has become a part of our academics in accordance with our summer project program. All of the undergraduate students are appointed to do an internship or a participatory research program for two month during the three and half months summer vacation. I and My group of 5 fellows are planning to do a documentary on different social realities of people in IDP camps. We will be trained to do this entire work in advance to the project. I'm honored to share this information with you and will be delighted to send you the outcome (the documentary) of the project as well.
Also, I take this chance to THANK YOU for the fellowship as I was the only person who could not meet you in person (maybe you remember me as the former president of the Student Government). I tried my best to attend the program but unfortunately flights and financial problems disturbed my attendance. Moreover, my family, especially my father wanted to tell you that, he is honoured to be the father of a Cherie Blair Fellowship holder. So thank you very much and I hope I will get a chance to MEET you someday in future to share my accomplishments.
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