Working with RWEYOWA has been an incredibly rewarding, enlightening and enjoyable experience. When I first applied to work with an HIV/AIDS organisation I was not entirely sure what to expect but my time with RECOFU has been everything I had hoped it would be.
My programme has been wonderfully varied, giving me an insight into every area of the fight against HIV/AIDS in Uganda, from prevention and sensitisation to treatment and care for those affected by the virus.
I have learnt a huge amount from RECOFU, both through experience and formally, having taken a course on HIV/AIDS and treatment at Mildmay Uganda, one of the largest HIV/AIDS organisations in the country and a partner of RECOFU.
Whether it’s been walking miles, weighed down by heavy rucksacks, to bring food and support to families affected by HIV and struggling to survive, immunizing tiny babies against polio in some of the most deprived areas of Kampala, or writing detailed proposals for project funding, the work has always proven both challenging and rewarding.
The greatest thing about working with RECOFU, however, is the people you work alongside. RECOFU’s staff are all dedicated volunteers who have guided, supported and inspired me during my time in Uganda. Not only highly professional and skilled, they are also unfailingly kind, cheerful and positive, even at the most frustrating of moments.
I will be extremely sad to leave but I will be taking with me a wealth of experience and knowledge, and some lasting friendships.