About the partnership: The University Of Hong Kong and Caregiver Saathi have initiated a partnership with a view to providing experiential learning to the students of the University. Students interning at Caregiver Saathi will gain experience in the healthcare space and specifically around psycho-social aspects of caregiving. Students will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the workings and challenges faced by a startup in the social development space for healthcare. Besides directly contributing to the building of the organization, they will also receive guidance on their careers and be exposed to diverse learning opportunities across a wide variety of organizational aspects.
Ken Yau, Assistant Director (Experiential Learning), HKU stated that “We are happy to find Caregiver Saathi joining our credit-bearing Social Innovation and Global Citizenship Internship Programme for the first time this summer. This is an opportunity initiated and proposed by our student to share her contact with the University and to expand our network of internship for other students in future.”
Bhavana Issar, the CEO of Caregiver Saathi observed that “We are delighted to be Community Partners for a prestigious international University like HKU. On one hand, we believe that youth can play a significant role in enabling the vision of our organization, and on the other that the youth need to integrate caregiving and social development in their education. We hope that we will be able to benefit from the talented students at HKU and at the same time offer an organizational setting to enable the learning and development of students, this year and on an ongoing basis.”
About HKU: The QS World University Rankings 2021, ranks the Hong Kong University as No.22 in the world. The experiential learning program initiated by the Faculty of Social Sciences encourages their students to have hands-on experience of interning at organizations around the world. It is through unique programs like these that make the University of Hong Kong excel in providing opportunities for the holistic development of students. These programs go beyond a traditional approach to education and equip their students with the necessary skills set for success.
About Caregiver Saathi: Caregiver Saathi is a social enterprise that aims to create an eco-system of well-being for those family members who are the primary caregivers to their dear ones battling geriatric, chronic or terminal medical conditions. Caregiver Saathi’s ethos is that the well-being of the primary caregiver is pivotal for the well-being and healing of the patient or the care-receiver. The organisation aspires to be the first port-of-call for all of a caregiver’s needs by providing psycho-social support, access to information, guidance, and resources to help them navigate the role of caregiving. Caregiver Saathi partners with doctors, health practitioners, employers, and well-wishers of caregivers to build a supportive community for caregivers, spread awareness and create sensitivity for caregiving.