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Randa Alsomali

Randa Alsomali

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Volunteering Gave Me Confidence

“I came across the stand for the charity ‘Thare Machi Education’ (TME) who were looking for volunteers and what they wanted sounded very interesting.
Thare Machi Education makes ‘basic life-saving information accessible to some of the world’s poorest people, especially women and children, in their own languages’.

I wanted to be able to use my language to be able to translate some of this information so it could be used to educate non-English-speaking refugees around the world.”

“I was made to feel very welcome by the local TME group and they soon made me feel relaxed.
The work they do is amazing. Some people lose out on basic health information because there are not enough resources for them to get access to it.
This health education material is intended for some of the most vulnerable people in society and by getting the material translated into as many different languages as possible, means that more people can benefit.”

“I should not have worried because everyone has been so very friendly and supportive. No pressure was put on me to perform at a certain pace, I was allowed to take on as much translating that I could cope with.
The charity has also given me a purpose to want to do more for the poor children in the Yemen as they are suffering terribly.”
Randa had to translate, and then record, various health education materials into Arabic which was quite daunting because she wasn’t used to the recording equipment, but she soon got the hang of it.
“No-one likes to hear the sound of their own voice, but I had to keep telling myself that it was for a good cause and that a lot of people would benefit from it.”
TME is respected world-wide for the work they do and Randa felt she wanted to play her part in doing something for the community in the city she calls home for the time being.
She said: “TME take simple life-saving information and make it accessible to some of the world’s poorest people, especially women and children. Although I have been doing audio recordings for them, they also make interactive audio visual lessons in the user’s own language. There are currently 32 topics covered by the charity in over 65 languages! As you can imagine, it is a major challenge for the charity!”
“My time management has improved and the volunteering has been a nice contrast to the challenges of studying. I am glad I had this outlet to do something good with what skills I had to offer. “
“You don’t know until you try if you are going to be good at something and this experience has taught me that anything is possible. 
“The people are so friendly and I have settled down well. “
“My Somalian roots and my Saudi upbringing was embraced by the team at TME and the best thing is, I have been exposed to different cultures and so for me, Coventry has been amazing.”

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