Yuka Matsushita // Bethesda

Yuka Matsushita (22), Japan, Osaka.
Volunteer of Uganda Pioneers’ Association.

 

Yuka (Volunteer in Uganda)

Yuka (Volunteer in Uganda)

Project: Bethesda HIV Care Organisation (BECO). UPA/LMTV 025
Working time: Mon – Fri 8.00-17
Tasks: Participating in voluntary testing and counselling

  • carrying out tests
  • Home visiting HIV/AIDS infected and influenced families
  • Educating about HIV/AIDS

Accommodation: Home stay (styaing with the BECO’s owner)
Why volunteer? I haven’t been to Africa, I wanted to see it (the image of Africa). And it’s the cheapest way to see Africa. I was working for AIDS/HIV student organization  as a volunteer (selling crafts of Kenyan HIV influenced people) in Japan but I never saw our patients.

Work experience. Part time jobs in restaurants and in a convenience store. At the moment I’m student at the Osaka University.
Duration. 4 months
Emotions after 2 months. First I just came to see how is Uganda and HIV influenced people. I have seen very many now, many struggling. Now I feel I want to help them even more. I have made many local friends. Many people want help, but I can’t help them always, because I’m going back – there is a conflict – I can’t be a volunteer forever. I like Uganda, people are very kind, though the temperature is too hot (and sometimes too much rain) and sometimes I miss Japanese food.J

Plans for the future. I want to be a teacher of history. In  Japan they don’t want to teach negative things about our history and I would like the students to know about this. And I want to change the image of Africa in Japan.

About Beco: New Health Centre will be opened in January 2011, volunteers are needed for that.
Want to volunteer?

Voluntary testing and counselling (Volunteer in Uganda)

Voluntary testing and counselling (Volunteer in Uganda)

Bethesda office (Volunteer in Uganda)

Bethesda office (Volunteer in Uganda)

Field visits (Volunteer in Uganda)

Field visits (Volunteer in Uganda)

Vocational training class for nurses (Bethesda)

Vocational training class for nurses (Bethesda)

Bethesda office and vocational boarding school for nurses

Bethesda office and vocational boarding school for nurses (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

New Bethesda Health Centre (to be opened in Jan 2011)

New Bethesda Health Centre to be opened in Jan 2011. (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

Home visits (Volunteer in Uganda)

Home visits (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

Home visiting (Volunteer in Uganda)

Home visiting (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

Home visiting (Volunteer in Uganda)

Home visiting (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

Regular customer record (single mother with 8 kids, 1 infected)

Customer record. Single mother with 8 kids, 1 infected. (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

Making crafts (Volunteer in Uganda)

Making crafts (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

Field visits (Volunteer in Uganda)

Field visits (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

Field visits (Volunteer in Uganda)

Field visits (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

Visiting customers (Volunteer in Uganda)

Visiting customers (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

Field visiting (Volunteer in Uganda)

Field visiting (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

Homevisiting (Volunteer in Uganda)

Homevisiting (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

Voluntary HIV testing and counselling (Volunteer in Uganda)

Voluntary HIV testing and counselling (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

Homevisiting HIV patients (Volunteer in Uganda)

Homevisiting HIV patients (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

If you volunteer with BECO you can stay in this room (BECO Office and School)

If you volunteer with BECO you can stay in this room (BECO Office and School)

Dormitory of vocational students

Dormitory of vocational students. (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

Courtyard of Bethesda (Volunteer in Uganda)

Courtyard of Bethesda (Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. UPA)

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