20 February, 2019
By Anne Stewart, SHCJ
The Step Into the Gap volunteers recently left for their international placements. One group is going to Uganda and the other group to the Holy Land. The group going to the Holy Land will be meeting with Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD) partners in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. As part of their visit they will be meeting with young people from Israel and Palestine in order to learn about peace initiatives in the Holy Land. One of the partner organisations is Caritas Jerusalem.
The group going to Uganda will start their visit in Kampala meeting with the National Justice and Peace Commission who are currently campaigning on land rights in Uganda. They will also be spending time at an HIV project and a hospice. They will be spending time in local communities and learning about community projects, such as a Village Loan and Savings Association. They will also be visiting local schools. They will also be looking at health care issues and again spending time in local communities.