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Trigger warning: This post contains an image and descriptions that may be upsetting to some readers. While they are not graphic, they do talk about death and make references to murder.

It is with great sadness that the Humanist Service Corps announces its volunteers are no longer living in Bimbila. Last Thursday, a chieftaincy dispute sparked gunfights between two opposing factions in Bimbila. All but one of the members of the HSC team happened to be out of town at the time. The HSC house is just outside the town, and the one volunteer who was home was not endangered. The violence was highly targeted and limited to the families of the two opposing factions. Nonetheless, the entire HSC team was moved as quickly as possible two hours north to Yendi, and the Humanist Service Corps has now made the difficult decision to settle the team permanently there.

This move does not end HSC's partnership with Songtaba, nor does it mean that the Humanist Service Corps will never work in Bimbila again. At whatever point in time it is safe to return to Bimbila, HSC will resume its reintegration and capacity-building work there. However, it is possible that it will not be the current team that continues that work. The Humanist Service Corps cannot ensure volunteer safety or effectiveness in Bimbila at this point in time.

The entire team moves forward with heavy hearts. We are in mourning for Bimbila. The official news counts are under-reporting the loss of life in Bimbila, as demonstrated by the post below from HSC volunteer Warren Tidwell. In addition to the loss of life, the community is now under a 4 PM to 6 AM curfew that will further devastate the local economy.

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By FBB

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, a nationwide day to encourage kindness. Foundation Beyond Belief is thrilled to work with incredible volunteers who put their kindness and compassion to work in their lives every day, and we'd love to have you join us!

With a number of programs that offer ways to volunteer both at home and away, FBB gives humanists a variety of opportunities to come together for the greater good. Details about all of our programs can be found at our website which lists each program and a number of subheadings about the history, mission, and how to join. Not sure which program is right for you? Here's a brief overview of each program, so you can see which might be the right fit for you.

  • Our Beyond Belief Network is a collective of over 125 volunteer groups working in their own communities. You can read more about them and how you can join here.
  • Our Humanist Service Corps is an international volunteering program guided by the principles of secular humanism currently working in the alleged witch camps in Ghana. Read more about them here.
  • Our Humanist Disaster Recovery Teams provide the humanist community an avenue through which to volunteer when disaster strikes. You can read more about them and find out how you can sign up to join a team here.
  • No time to volunteer? No problem. Our Humanist Grants Program is a great way to help sustain humanist charities on a regular basis! We carefully select beneficiary organizations for impact and efficiency, and they must pass our rigorous vetting process. Quarterly featured beneficiaries are secular organizations. Interested in contributing to our Humanist Grants program monthly? You can donate as little as $5 a month.

FBB is grateful every day for the volunteers that make our work possible. Together we are Humanism at Work!

By FBB

One year ago, this young woman was going to be exchanged with another woman to be brides for their brothers. Thanks to the work of the Foundation Beyond Belief's Humanist Service Corps (HSC) and our partners, the father was convinced that letting her attend school was better for her and the family. Today she is in public school, and the father is continuing to encourage education in his family and community.

More information about the HSC can be found on our website including details about the current team, the current project, how you can support the HSC, or even how to sponsor a volunteer. If you'd like to keep up to date on the latest HSC news, sign up for their newsletter here and follow them on Facebook.

By HSC: Ghana

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