Friday, February 26, 2010

“Red Cross respects everyone’s basic human rights.”

I was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. I came to the United States after receiving a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. I decided to continue my studies and received a masters of science in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University, New York. I enjoyed going to Stony Brook, as I was receiving more education and I was getting to know a new culture and language better.

I graduated last year and have been looking into a career in computer engineering. As we all know, due to the recession the unemployment rate is very high, and not many companies are hiring. I have not had much luck landing a job. One day on I read an article in which career experts advised students to look for alternatives until the economy picks up. Some advised people to work anywhere—even a coffee shop.

I thought about this and about how I was actively involved in social and community activities as a student in Nepal. I thought it would be a good idea to volunteer at the Red Cross and contribute in community activities. I started at the NY Red Cross’ Queens Area Office in August 2009, doing administrative work. I now volunteer three days a week and really enjoy the work.

I love the Red Cross because it has no boundaries. Whatever corner of the world I visit, I see the Red Cross serving people in need. Red Cross does not discriminate between race, religion or economic status. It looks at everyone as human being and respects everyone’s basic human rights.

Recently I joined AmeriCorps to contribute to the American Red Cross in other ways. Like many people these days I have not been able to land a job and get depressed sometimes. However, in another corner of my heart I feel highly content that I have committed myself to this voluntary service to my community.

–Ashma Adhikari, NY Red Cross Volunteer

1 comment:

  1. Good thought...Ashma...hang on for a little more, economy is turning brighter....there will be floods of IT jobs in very short period of time. I am sure, you will be landing in one very soon.


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