Mrs Karen Devaraj

Volunteer, Website Editor
Advice Session Supervisor, Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau

picture-11I grew up in London, and trained as a nurse there in the early 1980s. I met my husband, Vikram Devaraj, when we both worked at Brook Hospital in South London. I then moved to Cambridge and qualified as a midwife. Vikram and I got married in 1987. Between 1987 and 1995, we moved around a lot whilst Vikram undertook various surgical rotations. We both worked in Bristol (where our daughter Rebecca was born) and then lived in Leeds (and had our son, Alex). We also spent a couple of years in Oxford, before finally moving to Exeter in 1995. I met Andrew and Sarah Hodges when Andrew was a trainee plastic surgeon at the RD&E and became interested in the work he and Sarah were doing in Uganda. When the Hodges’ family moved to Uganda in 2004, I volunteered to take on the administrative role for the charity and the trustees agreed to this. My role is pretty varied, from collecting equipment to ship to Uganda in huge containers, to managing the charity’s finances, to supporting fundraisers. A key part of of my role is to promote and keep supporters updated with Interface Uganda’s latest news, activities and events. I work with a small but brilliant team of volunteers and enjoy this immensely. I am also employed part time at Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau and am currently Chair of Governors at Silverton Primary School.