Ramya Gamage has been working as a Care Assistant at St Teresa’s Home since September 2016. She has successfully helped the care home to raise money for the children who attend the Day Centre at St Benito Menni Hospital (Dompoase, Ghana).
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a humble person with a charitable mind who has a passion for care. I believe I have a good sense of humour. I am always willing to learn something new every day. I respect people who have good values and find it hard to stand those who are dishonest.
I enjoy looking after my family and friends to the best of my ability. Whilst following and respecting rules, I am eager to do the right things.
Every day is a special day if I have the opportunity to help someone in any way
What do you like the most about working at St Teresa’s Home?
Working with the sisters at St Teresa’s Home has given me the opportunity to learn about the most important values in life and high-quality care, which is in line with my own desires in life. It is my fervent wish that all the care centres in the world would be run by nuns as they are capable of providing high-quality care to those in need regardless of their background.
Can you recall a truly special moment working with the sisters?
To be honest, every single moment is a special moment and every day is a special day if I have the opportunity to help someone in any way. Joining St Teresa’s Home was truly special.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
When I am working with someone who has dementia, it can be difficult for me as well as for the person. They may not always know who I am or understand that I am there to offer help so it can be somehow uneasy for me and appalling for them. I have to handle such situations patiently. Short-term memory loss is one of the symptoms of dementia and most residents will eventually remember me so, as long as I remain calm, the situation will be solved.
I am very grateful to the sisters for encouraging and supporting me as well as to relatives and friends, who sponsored my challenge
Your fundraising last year went really well, why did you decide to start raising money?
I am very grateful to the sisters for encouraging and supporting me as well as to relatives and friends, who sponsored my challenge with the aim to raise money for Dompoase (Ghana). My dream is to become a person who cares for people much more effectively. Therefore, to achieve my goal as a charity worker I decided to raise funds to assist the children at the St Benito Menni Hospital (Day Centre).
You mentioned you would like to fundraise for our children in Dompoase on a regular basis, what is your goal?
My goal is to raise £1,000 every year by sacrificing something from my personal life and contributing with my own personal funds and collecting money from everyone who is willing to sponsor my challenge.