Why We Work

Non-Governmental Organizations or NGOs are known for doing humanitarian and voluntary work for various sectors of society, the community and area. Some are centered on women’s rights, help for the poor, marginalized sectors and more. The NGO I did an internship for was Focus on the Global South. For their local office, they employ less than 10 people. Each person has his/her specific task and handles a sector or work the organization handles. They often travel to provinces and other countries to personally help the people they serve. What they do is very commendable.

Not only them, but also every other NGO employee out there.

Focus is a relatively small NGO, it’s an international one but not as connected or large as the other more known NGOs. But their work and help is invaluable.  And it isn’t easy. Most of what they do is research and action-initiative to help those who need it. More than work and this as their career, it’s their passion. It’s a passion for service.

One of the goals on my bucketlist is to work for an NGO. Or at the least, do humanitarian work long-term. I’ve always wanted to work for an agency of UN (like for diplomatic services) or in the international court like Amnesty International (AI). Doing work for Focus gave me a unique perspective of what humanitarian work is about. It isn’t pretty and not always comfortable. Like in the case for this NGO, they hold conferences that would last the whole day and listen to the concerns and grievances of people they only met that day. It’s difficult and trying, but in the end the work they do is very fulfilling. But I won’t let these difficulties scare me. I would still want to do humanitarian work and if I find the opportunity, work for an NGO whose cause I’m passionate about.

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3 thoughts on “Why We Work

  1. I find it very admirable that you wish to serve people through working for NGOs. I share the same goal. It’s good to know that there are other people out there who take action and fight for principles that they firmly stand by. It is indeed an overwhelming task, however I believe that if you are truly passionate and committed to what you are doing, you’d be able to fulfill it. It will all be worth it in the end anyway. 🙂

  2. Hi Kamille! 🙂 I also share the same sentiments and the same dreams! NGOs and humanitarian work are indeed necessary in a society that’s characterized by harsh inequalities. People often have a dream-like impression of working in an NGO – they think that it will always be like how the movies and TV portray it: comfortable offices, helping the poor and glamorous headlines. But in reality, as we’ve probably seen through our CWTS work, NGOs work hard, even with little financial capabilities (seeing as they are not-for-profit). NGOs are vehicles of social change, but receive little or no support from the public simply because the public may perceive them to be adequate enough already. I think there should be more sense of activism among us students – an activism that is not constrained to shouting in the streets. Rather, it should be an activism that is ultimately grounded in a preferential option for the marginalized and a passion to cause some positive change.

    – Danilo Lorenzo Atanacio (2012-57960)

  3. NGOs are always a good place to stand for a cause and do something good to people…
    But, with the recent Napoles case, some fundings to these actual NGOs starts to ran out…

    My groups’ internship was at an NGO which is now currently starting to go on a hiatus (stop of operation) due to lack of funding…
    With all the good works people who have passion to help other people have done, they are now stuck due to financial constraints…

    It’s sad to admit that money is the greatest friend and the greatest enemy (lack of money) of good people who just want to do good…

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