RICE-WN MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME TAKES NEW TWIST
The RICE-WN mentorship programme has now introduced a new scheme of sending some of her staff on exchange programme to renowned organisations.
In this programme funded by Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET-U), RICE-WN has sent Eunice Oyeru, Coordinator for Moyo Branch Office to Fort Portal with Human Rights and Democracy Link Africa (RIDE– AFRICA) which is operating in five districts of Rwenzori Region in Western Uganda namely, Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Kamwenge Ntoroko, and Kyegegwa. As part of the exchange programme, RICE-WN is hosting Philip Kukeera Kakeeto from Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) which is an ecumenical organization whose membership comprises the Church of Uganda, the Roman Catholic Church and the Uganda Orthodox Church.
This exchange programme is expected to share good practices between the hosting and sending organisations leading to better performance of each organization that learns the lessons.
“I feel excited about this exchange programme because it has helped to build my confidence of working with people of different categories”, expressed Philip. “So far I’m happy to work with people as a team and also network on issues that need a common voice, for example, peace and community empowerment,” he added.
RICE-WN mentorship programme started in 2008 by hosting international volunteers and proceeded to Young Environmental Trainees (YETs) with funding from World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and has now included exchange programme.
Since then RICE-WN has retained three YETs as staff and hosted four international volunteers. The big lesson learnt here is LEARNING BY MAKING A CONTRIBUTION.
Article by Jackson Olema, Manager Operations