Last week in Mbale

The final week of the ILO experience has arrived, and what an experience it has been!

I have met many wonderful people and have had the privilege of working with the Ugandan Red Cross for almost 8 weeks now. I have taught many first aid sessions to various groups in communities in the Mbale district, and I have also had the opportunity to work with Mbale CAP to deliver first aid training to community health workers and also women from the livelihoods projects.

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I also got the opportunity to join the Uganda Red Cross Mbale branch youth team and climbed Mt. Wanale to donate essential supplies such as clothes, soap, school books and pencils to the communities who live up there – I can’t believe there is a whole community which lives on top of a mountain! It was a really tough climb, much steeper than anything that I’ve encountered back in Wales, and the sun was making the job a lot tougher. But it was all worth it once we got up to the top, it was a great experience and I felt proud to help those communities alongside my fellow Red Cross volunteers.

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I am going to miss the guys at Red Cross, and I’m also going to miss the guys at Mbale CAP, who are all so lovely and made me feel like part of the team, even though I wasn’t working there. I would especially like to thank Edith, who looked after us all and provided us with a hearty meal every lunchtime which was always top notch!

As well as work I have some other great memories from my trip. I really enjoyed visiting Mt Elgon hotel on weekends and going for a swim, it was a great way to relax and get some exercise. We ate out at various nice restaurants such as Nurali’s and Cosmos, and often went for a drink at Endiro’s, which is a great cafe. We had a fantastic day trip to Sipi falls with Martin and Nathan from Mbale CAP, and this weekend we are attending the wedding of Ruth, another Mbale CAP colleague, which I’m sure is going to be another amazing day!

It has been a great privilege to come to Uganda on the ILO programme, and I really appreciate all that I have learnt during my time here, as well as making some amazing memories!

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