“A very interesting link-up with volunteers in Uganda. Amazing to hear about volunteers visiting people living with HIV/AIDS and supporting them in their homes. Also they support the orphans who are placed with Grandparents.”
During National Volunteer week in this country, we linked up with volunteers working with two of our partners in Uganda. Eight volunteers from our diocese came together in the Volunteer Centre to take part in a webinar with volunteers from St Francis Home Based Care in Kampala and KitovuMobile who are situated just SW of the capital. Together the two partner organisations deploy nearly 500 volunteers, the majority of whom are women.
Eileen, Toni and Vin from our diocese shared what they did in their roles as Parish, Campaign and School volunteers. The volunteers from Uganda did the same explaining how they worked with community members living with HIV and AIDS, cancer and in poverty in their communities.
At the end, the discussion was opened for questions. The Ugandan staff and volunteers were particularly curious about the age of our volunteers as they had observed we were all quite old! Despite this difference, the dedication and commitment of volunteers on both sides, was evident. As was the fact, that none of the three organisations could do the work we do, without volunteers. And not just any volunteers but the ones we have, who are committed, dedicated and extremely good at what they do!
Thank you to each and every one of you.
“I felt it was brilliant. Our volunteers spoke very clearly and very well. It was fascinating to hear from folk in Uganda. I learnt a lot.” Jean
“This was very informative and gave a good insight into the life and work of the volunteers in that area and the input of CAFOD.” Finbar