Author Archives: rosamondbennett

About rosamondbennett

CEO of Christian Aid Ireland, arts lover, avid reader and mother

Hear my voice

Last Thursday Mulcaila, who works with SEND, took us to the Resource Centre for People Living with Disabilities. The centre was in the vibrant, bustling market area of  to the Wa. Walking in this area was like stepping into a … Continue reading

Image | Posted on | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Dancing in the Aisles

I’ve just been to my first ever African church services and I still can’t stop smiling. Mind you I wasn’t smiling when we had to leave at 6.30am to get to the first service which started at 7. It was an English service … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Empty bowls

I haven’t blogged in the last couple of few days because I didn’t have an internet connection. I also didn’t have any lights for a while and for a time I didn’t have a working toilet, electricity or water either so … Continue reading

Aside | Posted on | Leave a comment

Walk tall

 It all started with David Attenborough. He was the one who made me aware of a world far beyond County Down, where wildebeest roamed and lions prowled.  As a child I dreamt about going to Africa. To me it seemed the … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Food for thought

You know I thought that going to India would be difficult, but I never thought that coming back would be so hard. I am suffering from culture shock in reverse – which apparently is quite common when you come back … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Homeward bound

In half an hour I’ll face the madness of Hyderabad traffic and head to the airport for a flight to Dubai. Here are a few lighthearted observations of my time in India: Always carry toilet roll or tissues with you … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

You can take a girl from the country…

I have just spent the last two days with women farmers near Zaheerabad, a couple of hours drive outside Hyderabad. Or  Hyderamad as my colleague Deborah now calls it. It was the most wonderful and uplifting experience being with these … Continue reading

Posted in India | Leave a comment

Culture mix

Last night we flew from Madurai to Hyderabad. As soon as we arrived I could tell that Hyderabad was different to the other towns and cities we had been in. It appeared a lot more westernised and all the billboards … Continue reading

Posted in India | 1 Comment

Living positively

Today I sat in a room of 25 people or more where I was in the minority not because of my race or religion but because of my health status. I am not HIV positive. You might think the mood … Continue reading

Posted in HIV, India | Leave a comment

Be grateful for what you’ve got

Last night we flew from Chennai to Madurai, which is more inland towards the west. The car that I travelled in to the hotel wasn’t air conditioned so we drove along with the windows down. A  warm, balmy breeze blew … Continue reading

Posted in Dalit, India | 1 Comment