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Sian’s Volunteering Story

  • My ARUWE journey started when I decided that my career in the UK – as a project manager for a national mental health charity – needed a bit of a change. I had previously visited Rwanda and had a yearning to see more of East Africa, and to explore my interest in women’s rights and community development in the developing world. I wanted a way to apply my skills and 10 years work experience in a new context. What I had heard about Uganda sounded fascinating. I was thrilled when I was offered the chance, through 2Way Development, to work with ARUWE, as I loved the sound of their programmes – focussing on enabling women and vulnerable families to support themselves long-term, not just giving hand outs, and making sure that the women themselves were designing and shaping the projects from the start.

    Before I knew it it was October 2013 and I was leaving for East Africa. I arrived in Kampala and was overwhelmed yet excited by the city. I received a really warm welcome from the ARUWE team, and help to settle in, and within a couple of weeks I had agreed my first work plan with Susanne and was settled in to my work too. Kampala life was completely different from life back home in London. For one thing, I now commuted on the back of a boda-boda (motorcycle taxi) instead of on a packed train! Back 2 Articles »