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The Best Job Out There

By Kayla Brittan, Operations Manager at The Justice Desk

The hours are long, the work is demanding and you are often up against countless obstacles, but working in the non-profit sector can be so rewarding.

One moment or encounter is all it takes to remind you of why you have chosen to work for justice. It can be a smile, hug, or a heartfelt thank you from an elderly woman in a community, or hearing a vulnerable child say, “I did not know someone like me could even be something, until now.”

These moments stick with you and serve as a reminder that you are working towards something so much bigger! We were running a project in a vulnerable community, and one experience highlighted just how important it is to share knowledge, create support structures and sometimes just be there to lend an ear.

A young woman attended the workshop with her 18-month-old son. She confided in me her personal story of abuse. As she spoke, I could see the relief on her face. She told me that everyone in her family thought she was wrong and must ‘just deal with it’. After our training, she realised that even though she had no form of education, she knew that something was wrong in her life, and that her children were being hurt. She said she finally felt like she could do something about it.

The training coordinator and I managed to organise her a safe transit and referral and she is now in a place of safety along with her two sons, and the allegations of abuse are being handled through the legal system.

If we all play our part, if we all stop believing nothing will ever change and start focusing on being the change, we can make a difference. We can make sure more people receive the help and support they need and we can work towards building a society that truly promotes and protects the human rights of all!

Be the change you want to see, and never underestimate the difference we can all make in the lives of those around us.

The Justice Desk advocate, educate and equip in the area of Human Rights, Justice and Advocacy. We operate in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as offer our support, expertise and educational materials to various other groups across the globe.

You can find out more at justicedesk.org


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