Principles of Humanist Service

Rely on Local Expertise

The Humanist Action: Ghana approach emphasizes close collaboration with local Ghanaians by employing and working with a team of trained and professional experts to oversee all aspects of the program from administration to project leaders and trainers. 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell the Story Responsibly

Humanist Service Corps: We are strongHA: Ghana must build a strong platform for international storytelling to raise awareness about the work HA: Ghana and its partners are doing. Telling this story responsibly means letting the words and ideas of the locals speak for themselves. It means never exploiting images or stories of suffering in order to raise money for the program, and it means focusing on images and stories of resilience and happiness, not just hardship.

HA: Ghana has the responsibility to counteract the unrelenting hardship narrative that the media and other organizations often tell about the places where HA: Ghana works. Such monolithic storytelling is irresponsible and harmful. For more on the danger of a single story, see Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED talk.

 

Learn and Listen First

In order for the HA: Ghana teams to make a positive impact where they work, they first must work with community leaders and those community members who would benefit from proposed projects. Otherwise, the team cannot truly understand or tackle the problem they are attempting to address.

 

Celebrate Diversity

Humanist Service Corps Volunteer Jude with young child

Humanist Action: Ghana does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

       

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