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.