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Reaching new heights to support Syrian Refugees

Category : Community

I joined Capgemini just over 4 years ago on the graduate scheme based on the values and ethics that hold true today more then ever. The skills and knowledge I have picked up over the last few years have enabled me to not only deliver for clients but also contribute in a wider context to society as a whole, helping people locally, nationally and on an international scale. And which Capgemini values have been most present the last few months? Honesty, Modesty, Freedom, Fun, Trust, Boldness and most certainly Team Spirit!RAN Trekkers at the top of Ben Nevis!

The chairman of Refugee Aid Network (RAN) approached me to set up a Ben Nevis charity trek for its members, which I play am part of and play an active role. I was delighted and honoured to be asked and I jumped at the chance. It’s great to be able to create this opportunity for others and share the same joy and euphoria of conquering a mountain and yourself. I am privileged to have led this team to Ben Nevis, the biggest mountain in the UK for such a fantastic cause.

I led a team of 10 first-time climbers up Ben Nevis and in the process raised over £5,000 for Syrian refugees. I have some background in trekking (including Machu Picchu, Kilimanjaro and Yorkshire 3 Peaks) and the excellent project management experience and training I picked up at Capgemini proved most valuable. I put it to good use in helping others overcome their personal challenges at the same time spreading awareness about one of the biggest humanitarian crisis’s since the Second World War.

Capgemini supported my project with a community investment grant to help pay for the trip which is an internal grant offered to colleagues for employee led initiatives.

I have been inspired and humbled by this group. The team showed great determination to get to the top, after two hours of sunshine and then five hours of rain in minus temperatures and very windy conditions.

RAN, a grassroots organisation in the UK, is involved in raising funds to send aid and vital supplies to refugee camps and war-torn areas in and around Syria and camps in Europe including Paris and Calais. “We are trying to empower ourselves by uniting and showing true compassion and humanity regardless of creed, colour or politics. We want to tell them that the world has not forgotten them. Thanks to Capgemini for sponsoring this event and helping us build a stronger community in the North East too,” says the organisation’s chairman Shah Lalon Amin. 

I wanted to do something to help people fleeing war, who have left everything behind in the hope of surviving long enough to live a normal life again. They are people like you I, with the same hopes and dreams. In fact Capgemini employed Syrian refugees in Sweden and Germany who very much capable of fulfilling roles.

It’s incredible how much Capgemini and my fellow Capgemini colleagues have supported this endeavour outside of my working hours and come together to make a difference. We are stronger together.

I am now preparing to go on an aid and reporting mission to Jordan with RAN, our partner charity and organisations on the ground. Wish me luck!

Follow Refugee Aid Network on Facebook and Twitter @RefugeeAidNet and if you would like to support the mission with a donation, visit the fundraising page. Donations will go towards food, clothing, and medical supplies and to fund the mission.

You can follow my updates and journey on twitter: @MonjuMeah

RAN Group stopping for a rest
RAN Group stopping for a rest

Wearing my Capgemini t shirt with pride!
Wearing my Capgemini t shirt with pride!

RAN volunteers talking with refugee children
RAN volunteers talking with refugee children

Handing out bread to Syrian children in a refugee camp in Turkey near the Syrian Border
Handing out bread to Syrian children in a refugee camp in Turkey near the Syrian Border

RAN team handing out aid

RAN team handing out aid

 
 

About the author

Monju Meah
Monju Meah
I work in communications and project management for the Capgemini UK Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability team. I started out as a software engineer with Capgemini for over two years before joining the CR&S team. I love volunteering, trekking, analytics, all things digital, graphic design and I am an absolute cinema addict. I do a lot of work with The Prince's Trust (part of the 2015 Million Makers Team), UNICEF and Progressio, the last two of which I will be fundraising for this year by climbing to the roof of Africa - Kilimanjaro!

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