Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Utah college student starts 2011 helping others

GVN volunteer Margot Crandall was recently interviewed by ksl.com and we were so excited about her news segment we wanted to share it with you!

Two days after Christmas 19 year old Margot begins her journey to Rwanda, where she will be volunteering in a HIV/AIDS program with GVN.

It is estimated that approximately 150,000 people are living with AIDS in Rwanda, with 78,000 of those women, and 19,000 children under the age of 14. The aim of the HIV/AIDS program is to decrease the spread of HIV through raising awareness and education, increasing access to homecare and providing emotional support to those affected by HIV/AIDS within the community.

Volunteers have the opportunity to work with community mobilizers to assist with counselling and taking care of patients both at home and at hospitals.

We couldn't agree more with Margot's desire to start 2011 by helping others in need.  Margot knows it's not a one way street though, she puts it so well by saying "I guess this might be idealistic, but I hope I come back a different person, just having a new perspective on life."

To view Margot's interview please click here.

To find out more about volunteering in Rwanda please visit our website.