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Meha Patel

Sustainable Development and Food Security at Farm Africa & Graduate of International Relations

Work History

Sep 2016Present

Community Fundraising

Farm Africa
  • Raiser's Edge trained
  • Post- open and sort post and ensure any money/cheque donations are recorded and processed on RE to the correct protocol.
  • Providing fundraising and administrative support
  • Supporter care and organisation- collating supporter materials (Packing, distributing, franking)
  • Liaising with community groups regarding work of Farm Africa
  • Researching potential partners and new platforms for Farm Africa Appeal
  • Volunteer speaker training
  • Drafting and submitting RAG partnership applications with London university fundraisers.
  • Creating innovative and creative funding ideas for students
  • Database management. Recording supporter correspondence
  • Maintaining shared inbox and responding to supporter inquiries
  • Maintaining regular correspondence with supporters through courtesy calls, email and via social media.
  • Working on three appeals from inception to delivery: Give Hunger the Boot, Giving Tuesday and the Great African Welly Walk.
  • Preparation and promotion of Farm Africa's attendance at Food Matter's Live convention at ExCel London.
  • Development of support for Farm Africa's work beyond Churches and Christian community groups, to involve more faith based groups across the UK.
Oct 2015June 2016

Overseas Operations

The Society For Environmental Exploration (Frontier)

Staffing:

  • Staff recruitment: reviewing and processing applications 
  • Managing and updating recruitment websites and advertisements
  • Scheduling and organising interviews 
  • Interviewing candidates 

Logistics:

  • Ensuring that all communications are recorded effectively
  • Set-up and co-ordination of pre-departure Field Staff briefing and training
  • Assisting with pre-departure documentation and submitting to relevant overseas headquarters 
  • Database input and management 
  • Packing and dispatching of equipment out to field projects.

Overseas Projects

  • Monitoring overseas project activities through reporting systems
  • Assisting in collating, checking and filing quarterly reports
  • Packing First Aid Kits to send to field and expeditions 
  • Marine Equipment servicing and maintenance 
  • Checking FCO for up-to-date in-country information, and communicating the information efficiently

Outreach & Events:

  • Presenting at volunteer recruitment sessions at Universities and Schools across UK.
  • Assisting at Briefing Weekend and Training Weekend
  • Representing Frontier and speaking at School Talks, Careers Fairs and similar events
Sep 2014Mar 2015

Fundraising & Development Assistant

SMG Group-Science Museum, London
  • Individual Giving team: Responsible for generating income, funding and charitable donations to support the work of the Museum.
  • Personally engaged with potential peers and high profile supporters of the Museum, soliciting their support and donations/grants.
  • Documenting and submitting Gift-Aid forms.
  • Updating mailing list and correspondence.
  • Promoting and working special events and exhibitions held at the museum, including‘ Science Lates' and Lectures.
  • Writing and translating signage for international visitors.
May 2013Jul 2013

NGO Intern

CRCC Asia-Mifan Mama, Shanghai.

Media:

  • Project managed a media task that involved working with top Shanghai based Media and Advertising companies to create a promotional video campaign for the Shining Star Orphanage.

Pastoral Care and Early Childhood Development:

  • Assisting with teaching blind and visually impaired children; areas included life skills and early learner academic work.
  • Assisting with curriculum development within specialism.

Fundraising and Project Co-ordination:

  • Co-ordinating volunteers, ensuring adequate cover available.
  • Fundraising: liaising with potential sponsors and donors.

Boxes of Love Project:

  • Logistics: co-ordinating collection and delivery of donations
  • Assisting with programme oversight
  • Event co-ordination and digital marketing.
Nov 2012Jan 2013

Menswear Sales Assistant

Peter Jones(John Lewis Chelsea), London
  • Delivering renowned John Lewis Customer Service.
  • Provided product information and advice/assistance to customers.
  • Stock upkeep, maintaining the shop's look and till work.
Jun 2012Aug 2012

House Manager

Studio Cambridge Summer Language School, Sir William School, Richmond
  • Pastoral Care of 14-18 year olds (CRB Checked).
  • Organise, Supervise and lead activities and excursions.
  • Inducting and supervising students into their residence and Summer School programme.
  • Liaising with management over room allocations and staff rotations.

Education

20112014

BA (Hons) International Relations

Richmond the American International University in London

BA (Hons) International Relations, Minoring in Economics.Graduating with a 2-1. (GPA 3.4)

Undergraduate Dissertation: The Implications of Increasing Violent Acts against Women in the Developing State of India, on Post-Feminist Social Movements and Gender Equality. (Awarded a First)

19982010

A Levels/ GCSEs

Heathfield School GDST

A Levels (BBCC) in Geography, Economics, French, Maths (AS Biology) 

IGCSE Mathematics (A), Double Science (AA)

GCSE (7 A grades) English Literature, English Language, Geography, ICT, French, Classical Civilization, Religious Studies

Volunteering

Palabana Sustainable Farm, Lusaka Zambia June- August 2016

  • Assisted with general upkeep and maintenance 
  • Planting and Harvesting
  • Distributing produce

Food City Projects- Harrow Volunteer. May 2015, April-June 2016

  • Volunteered at local green space. Tasks included cleaning, maintaining urban gardens and assisting local school projects.

Model United Nations- Delegate. September 2012- July 2014

  • Writing Position Papers on various topical issues affecting the International community.
  • Representing states in UN committees, such as India in the UNESCO committee.
  • Debating the topic at hand and creating a Resolution Paper to the problems faced by the committee.

Connexions- Harrow- Administrative Assistant: Community and Youth. June- July 2007

  • Writing minutes in meetings, Evaluations and Client Reports.
  • Updating Client Database and collating/presenting information to colleagues.
  • Working with Teenage Pregnancy Team to produce brochures for clients.
  • Researching product information and providing quotes and specifications.
  • Office Duties such as photocopying, answering phones, filing.

Silver Surfers.- Teacher/ Demonstrator

  • Teaching basic computing to the elderly
  • Creating lesson plans

Wings of Hope Award.

  • Fundraising for schools in Malawi and Chennai
  • Presenting a formal presentation to an esteemed panel

Student Ambassador- University Representative

  • Attending UCAS fairs
  • Promoting University to visitors

 Young Enterprise- Marketing and Sales Manager

  • Creating Marketing plan
  • Pitching product ideas to Managing Director
  • Creating advertising campaigns

Duke of Edinburgh Award  Bronze Award

  • Expeditions
  • Teamwork and group challenges
  • Orienteering and route planning
  • Outdoor survival training

School Newspaper- Co-Editor and Writer

  • Writing weekly articles
  • Proof-reading and Editing