Moses Icyishaka, 2013, Economics

My internship afforded me the opportunity to travel all around the country of ­Rwanda to observe and learn from an array of NGOs and associations working on behalf of HIV-positive adults and young adults. I spent the majority of my time in Kigali, where I worked with three very different organizations. The first was an umbrella ­organization that mobilizes and supports a variety of smaller associations comprised of, or aimed to, support HIV-positive individuals. The second was a small association of ­HIV-positive middle class women, and the last was an organization that trains lay ­counselors and provides professional counseling to a wide variety of individuals that need ­counseling but cannot afford it. I was also able to explore the organizations ­working in the more rural regions of the country, including OJEPAC, an organization that ­raises awareness and helps educate teenagers on the subject of HIV in the ­northeast province of Gisenyi, a small health center in a remote village towards the western part of the country, and a cooperative in the south.