So guys, I have kept some of you in the loop for a while now about volunteering at Amnesty International Ghana. Except those that saw my post on Instagram a few days ago, most of you do not know. Generally, it’s been an exciting experience working with Amnesty International Ghana. I cannot begin to explain how exciting it is to actually move away from researching and writing about human rights related subjects and actually experiencing it; watching it happen right before my eyes. What I am going to do in this post is, I am going to answer questions and respond to reactions I get when people find out I am volunteering with Amnesty International Ghana.
You will definitely be employed by them.
Usually one of the very first things that’s mostly said by people when they hear I am volunteering at Amnesty International Ghana. Interesting, right? People say that because of how passionate I am in the area of human rights and the works I have done in the past. But my response to them is, it doesn’t work like that. There are policies of Amnesty International Ghana and that makes the assertion technically untrue. Would I want to work with Amnesty International Ghana? Hell, yeah!!
How’s working with them?
My usual response to that has been, “It’s my blog in reality” or “It’s my blog in a building”. That simply says that yeah! I love it! Especially when we go out and we meet actual people that need our help. It’s always an amazing experience having an interaction with the vulnerable members of our society. Recently, on one of our activities, I actually had an encounter with victims of abuse; exact cases I had personally reported and discussed in the past. Seeing them in flesh and blood was an indescribable experience.
It’d surprise you to know that I never knew about many human rights organizations in Ghana apart from DOVVSU and CHRAJ, groups I think aren’t doing as much as they should. I was not interested in working with any of them until I found out about one organization called POS Foundation that seemed to be doing well too. Then I started researching about others then there was Amnesty. Amnesty stands out for me. I think the staff is actually passionate about what they do! For them human rights activism is not a job, it’s a fight!
What do you do there?
As a volunteer, I’m supposed to help the departments with my skills and knowledge as and when I’m needed and that is what I have been doing so far. However, I joined, hoping to help with communications. Well, just started so maybe….but it’s been great with any and everything so far especially when it’s directly connected to a cause or a human rights case.