CHEERing Alumni

CAMILLA YOSHIKAWA BRATLAND 

Volunteer

Camilla is an undergraduate at Sciences Po Paris campus Reims, studying a bachelor’s in political sciences. She volunteered for CHEERing through her universities’ summer internship program. She speaks English, Portuguese, Norwegian, and some French. 

Camilla has long been interested in the humanitarian field and has always been passionate about helping people. As the co-president of “Interagir” which is an association at Sciences Po working with and supporting displaced people in Reims, it became clear for her that she wanted to help refugee populations further.

JANA

Volunteer

Jana has a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester and is now in the third year of her medical degree at the University of Sheffield. Her interests include women’s health, child’s health, and community care modules at medical school. Alongside medical school, she tutors children in Maths and English and works as a Student Ambassador. Previously, she has also volunteered with children with special needs, at a children’s hospice, and at a charity that promotes health to young children.

“I believe strongly in prevention through education, and I am pursuing a career that is both challenging yet rewarding and makes a difference”.

DANNI SCALES, BSc

Erasmus Entrepreneur

Danni was an Erasmus Entrepreneur focused on maternal and infant nutrition, humanitarian aid, and disaster response. She brought five years of experience working as special needs assistant in Dublin, Ireland and previous volunteer for FoodKIND, which has driven her passion for supplemental nutrition.

Danni is a recent graduate of Nutraceuticals for Health and Nutrition from TU Dublin, where her dissertation focused on maternal food security and Nutrition among displaced people.

MARIA INES SILVA, BSc

Erasmus Intern

Maria came to CHEERing focused on improving life’s quality, promoting food literacy, reducing food waste, and favoring sustainable diets. She is a graduate of Nutrition and Dietetics from Lisbon School of Health Technology in Lisbon, Portugal. Her Bachelor’s thesis focused on integrative approaches to weight management and the importance of considering psychological, behavioral, environmental, and social factors and expectations in nutrition interventions.

Maria previously volunteered with Refood in 2018 supporting food insecure families accessing hot meals and in summer camps supervising children and teenagers in their activities.

MARIAM TUMA, MSc, BA

Volunteer

Mariam spent many months working with CHEERing in Athens before completing a Masters of Science in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy at the University of Vienna and then moving to take up a position with the Red Cross in Scotland. Originally from Iraq, she is fluent in Arabic and English. She also speaks intermediate German. She has spent the past five years working in the field of refugee aid and support. 

Experience:  Mariam has over five years of experience working with refugees and migrants in Athens, London, and Vienna. With a focus on the empowerment of vulnerable groups, she has taken part in inclusive initiatives and projects which aim to promote the voices, needs, and desires of these groups. She has worked as a site manager in Athens at a shelter for vulnerable women and children, which also functions as a day center open to all refugees and migrants. Further to this, she operated as a case worker for ATLAS, a platform dedicated to aiding LGBT+ migrants and refugees in Athens. She has designed numerous volunteer handbooks and training attempting to minimize malpractice and exploitation, whilst attempting to promote cultural understanding. 

ZEINAB ALSHERAA, MSC, MPH, BSC

Volunteer

Zeinab has a Bachelor of Science in health and human service from the University of Michigan. She recently graduated with master’s degrees in medical sciences and public health from Boston University. Originally from Iraq, Zeinab moved with her family to the United States as a refugee.

Zeinab’s objective is to share her personal experiences and savoir-faire to help the refugees and migrants.

Meet the current CHEERing team here.