OEF Intern Profile: Meet India Sands
Charismatic, outgoing, affectionate and intelligent are just a few words that describe her. Twenty-one-year-old native Eleutheran, Judy India Sands was a 2017 Summer Intern with the One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF). She was born and raised in North Palmetto Point, Eleuthera by her grandmother, Enid Cooper. India as we all call her, was introduced to non-profit organizations during her senior year in high school when she became the Charter President for the Interact Club at Central Eleuthera High School when it was first launched on the island in 2011. During her reign as President, the club completed several school and community projects. This included school clean ups, clothing drives for the Zion Children’s Home and beautification of Sea Side, South Palmetto Point following the passage of Hurricane Irene. India believes that her passion for serving others derived from her late grandmother. She states, “persons who visited our home did not leave empty handed. My grandmother was always giving something away or assisting others in the community.”
In 2013, India began her studies at the University of the Bahamas in pursuit of a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She is currently on this quest and maintains honors. During her junior year, sadly her grandmother lost her battle to ovarian cancer. India states, “She was my motivation and a piece of me died with her, but I know she wants me to continue to pursue my dreams and I’m going to do so just for her.” Currently, India is in her final year of college and plans to gain more work experience before returning to school. Her next goal is to become the first Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetist in Eleuthera.
This summer, India was given the opportunity to apply skills learnt in her nursing studies while as an Intern with the One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF). She worked along with OEF’s Breast Cancer Outreach Program (BCOP), Pathway to Wellness (PTW) and at Centre for Training and Innovation (CTI). During her internship, India became very familiar with the components of the organization and its day to day functioning. Assisting with presentations held by the BCOP, she was able to provide medical advice to participants. Before her departure, she formulated a Fit & Healthy 40 Day Challenge which is currently being utilized by the staff OEF and its partners.
Here’s what India had to say about her experience, “As an intern of OEF, I found it to be very engaging and quite interesting. I was given the opportunity to apply my gained knowledge over the years in various portions of the foundation. I also gained a wealth of knowledge from the Certificate of Executive Nonprofit Leadership course I participated in while there. The knowledge will be useful in my current Leadership and management course. My observations of OEF’s organizational structure is also helping me with designing my own organization which is an assignment we were recently given (at school). I feel that OEF is outstanding and remarkable because it covers all aspects within the community and is not limited to Eleuthera. OEF supports many projects off and on the island and improves the well-being of so many for the greater good. I am a huge supporter and I plan to continue working along with the foundation.”
Before she left, India became a member of One Eleuthera. We congratulate India for being named to the Dean’s List at the University of the Bahamas for the Spring 2017 academic year. We encourage India to continue to excel!