Reasons to Join our Volunteer Programs
The realities in the world today continue to spiral out of control in a whirlwind of destruction. The first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that; “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”. These words are poetic and beautiful. They give a sense of what we, as human beings are capable of entrusting towards one another… a sense of unity and equity. Each of us shall aspire towards attaining what these words proclaim.
Instead we live within some other realities. Over the world men, women and children continue to die in unnecessary wars, and are forced to flee other conditions unfit for living a good life… leading to people in too large numbers continuing to die on overloaded boats across the Mediterranean. The constitutional rights of people in Venezuela are right now being erased right in front of our eyes… with the United States and other nations interfering in their sovereign affairs, supporting a person as president who has not been voted in by the people. For what reason? Oil! Venezuela is the country with the largest oil reserves in the world. I fear we are witnessing the beginnings of another Iraq or Syria – where the lives of people in this country are about to be ripped apart. But I hope for something else. In the meanwhile walls and fences are being reinforced all over the world to keep people out – and separate us. This is no good.
On top of this we witness the havoc created by global warming and climate change. We read headline after headline of horror stories about the impacts of climate change – about warming of the artic – about yet another tsunami. All this without touching upon the preventable deaths in thousands unleashed across the world with children dying at too young an age and adults too.
Through this we cry rivers of tears over the injustices. As we sit and make our analysis that looks at the world through the lenses of those who live as The Poor, and who suffer day after day after day – we collectively say, “No More”!
But the good news is that people uproot themselves from family, house and home to join with others who say “No More”. The brilliant thing about this is that through the collective forces of people gathering ideas, good intentions and resolve – at DRH Lindersvold, we will make actions that will lead to positive changes. In the last 2 weeks we have bidden farewell to two teams who set out for project period work; one team to Saint Vincent in the Caribbean to work with Richmond Vale Academy with climate activities and the other team to Malawi to work with a Teacher Training College and with Pre-Schools in the region of Dowa with Humana People to People. We have been happy and proud to work together with them in their efforts to build their capabilities to be ready for the tasks of working with the communities where they go. It is wonderful.
We are together with millions of good people around the world, changing the world bit by bit for the better conditions of people. We partner with Humana People to People who work relentlessly every day with local people under projects that address community development, sustainable agriculture and environment and health and education. At least 15.5 million people are reached every day through their efforts and that of the many people who are part of enabling their own better conditions. This makes for the very best headlines indeed!
by Tina Whittington