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“This is my fourth month as a Capacity Building Volunteer with the VLM in Addis Ababa. It has been a great learning experience on many different levels. I am not a religious person and there is a huge amount of negativity surrounding the Catholic Church in Ireland and elsewhere. It has been a very valuable experience to see the amount of work the Catholic Church do in Ethiopia.
I have been living with the Vincentian Fathers for the duration of my stay (the video below shows the compound) and I have been very fortunate to visit many of their projects, which mainly deal with education and health. They assist children with disabilities and provide quality education to children in kindergartens and high schools throughout the country. The Fathers have been very welcoming and I have enjoyed spending time with them.
I have also seen the work that the Daughters of Charity do and again the same applies here: they are hardworking and welcoming and it has been a privilege to see how they work.
My position involves the drafting of funding proposals for new projects as well as writing reports on pre-existing projects. I also teach English to a local boy and one of the Fathers. It has been challenging at times but I feel as though I have contributed something of value to the work the Fathers do. I have two months left in Addis and will hopefully have provided water to a community and a playground to a kindergarten before I leave.
I would recommend volunteering with VLM without hesitation. You will get to see a part of the world that is fascinating and get to know a group of people who are quite honestly amazing.”
Enda Nevin, September 2014