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.