In the past couple months, you may have noticed an explosion of mutual aid societies responding to the COVID-19 pandemic—groups which share housing, food, health care, goods, or transportation while drawing attention to the politics of inequity. The idea is nothing new. Frequently-cited historical examples of mutual aid organizations include unions, 19th century Friendly Societies,…

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Chiemi Maloy is a Humanist Action: Ghana volunteer who has traveled to Ghana for the first time as part of a year-long service commitment in the town of Cape Coast. This is her second entry in this blog series. (Click here for her first installment.) One of the best and worst parts of being away…

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In this blog, former HA: Ghana Ghana volunteer Christian Hayden shares his thoughts on the Year of Return. The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major campaign inviting the worldwide African Diaspora to return to Ghana.  The year chosen commemorates 400 years since the first enslaved African arrived in Jamestown, Virginia. A few historians…

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This article is part of a series written by FBB volunteers detailing their experiences in the Humanist Action: Ghana. The opinions expressed in this article may not necessarily express those of Foundation Beyond Belief as a whole, its staff, or donors. Elroy Leday is a Humanist Action: Ghana volunteer who has traveled to Ghana for the…

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This article is part of a series written by FBB volunteers detailing their experiences in the Humanist Action: Ghana. The opinions expressed in this article may not necessarily express those of Foundation Beyond Belief as a whole, its staff, or donors.  August 2019.  On June 27th, I left Salt Lake City with three suitcases and a…

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This article is part of a series written by FBB volunteers detailing their experiences in the Humanist Action: Ghana. The opinions expressed in this article may not necessarily express those of Foundation Beyond Belief as a whole, its staff, or donors.  August 2019.  How do I sum up my last three weeks? Well, for starters, I…

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The following blog has been adapted by FBB staff from Wendy Webber's 6/7/19 speech at the American Humanists Association Annual Conference. Decolonizing service is a huge topic. I can only scratch the surface today, so I’m going to focus on what "decolonizing service" means in the context of Ghana, because of Foundation Beyond Belief’s work…

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For a long time this trip was just a dream. Although multiple people at Foundation Beyond Belief had put a lot of hours into its planning, in the end it seemed impossible. International laws and foreign immigration systems made it extremely difficult to get to Ecuador. It didn’t matter that Ecuador is visa-free for 90…

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When I arrived in Quito I was jet lagged and exhausted from two days of flights filled with lengthy and agonizing layovers. I was also suffering from altitude sickness coming from Ghana where the altitude is around 880 meters (compared to Quito’s 2,850 meters). However, I was excited to be in Ecuador and really looking forward to meeting…

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There is a cautionary tale that frequently surfaces in discussions about international aid. Women from a particular village walk miles to the river to do laundry despite the donation of a laundry trough circling the village’s water tank. The organization that donated the washing station failed to realize that laundry time serves another function: women-only…

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