Hi there! My name is Aisling and I have been working at Aidlink as the Communications and Sponsorship Intern for the last three months. At the end of May I finished my undergraduate degree in German and Sociology and I was faced with the reality of entering the big bad (post graduate) world! Luckily this was made less daunting and much more exciting as I was given the opportunity to join the Aidlink team. (Above: Aisling with a fellow Aidlink volunteer at the VHI Mini Marathon)
I’m very interested in gender studies so I was keen to learn about Aidlink’s work with women and girls. As you can see across their social media accounts, empowering women and girls is extremely important at Aidlink. Improving access to resources such as clean water and providing girl-friendly latrines gives girls the opportunity to attend school and to feel safe in their school environments. An increase in primary school enrolment for girls in Kenya and Uganda proves that Aidlink’s long-term work has incredible results and its Aidlink’s drive to empower women and girls that has made me realise I want to continue working in the not-for-profit sector. (Right: Bbaale Primary School children in Uganda)
The internship at Aidlink was an amazing experience for me. It was a great introduction to the working world. Not only did I learn about Aidlink’s development work, I also learned how to use a number of different software programmes and gained administration and social media management skills that will be a great help in the future.
A HUGE thank you to Anne, Aishling, Tom and Darina for being so kind, open and patient with me. Aidlink is an inspiring organisation to work with and I loved being a part of the team.