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PWA Volunteer Iniye in the village of Opeikuma where she spent time discussing child rights

Iniye - Nigeria

Programme Completed: Creative Early-Years Education & Child Rights

Date Posted: 11/09/2015

Volunteering is honestly something I ordinarily would have never considered because of the fact that many volunteering organisations in Africa exploit the people they are supposed to help. But I came across Partner West Africa in my University in Birmingham and after going through the website and speaking to the Director Matt, through multiple emails, I came to the conclusion that it was something that could be worth doing.

"Volunteering is honestly something I ordinarily would have never considered because of the fact that many volunteering organisations in Africa exploit the people they are supposed to help. But I came across Partner West Africa's internal volunteering department: Volunteer West Africa in my University in Birmingham and after going through the website and speaking to the Director Matt, through multiple emails, I came to the conclusion that it was something that could be worth doing.  
 
The moment I got to Ghana and was being driven by Inusah (PWA's Project Manager) in the Land Rover I battled many apprehensions. Running through my mind were thoughts of uncertainty and fear: "what have I done to myself?", I was going to be in a strange place for over a month, not knowing a single soul. However, the moment we got into the PWA compound a sense of tranquillity came over me that I had made the right decision. The compound was more beautiful than I had thought it would be, the grounds were well taken care of and three very excitable dogs happily greeted me. The other volunteers were immediately extremely friendly and invited me for pancakes, which in my book was an extension of the highest chivalry. 
 
Getting involved with the PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre for vulnerable children's admission process was one of my tasks at PWA and it was one of the most interesting things I have ever done. I was able to be directly get involved with the community, which is one of the things that I deemed as a priority. I interacted with the people of the Oshieye community and came to respect the struggle of the common man in the villages and I developed an understanding of certain aspects of their culture. One of the things I tried to avoid was the stereotypical "volunteer and teaching in a school" situation, however I found myself drawn to the little children and their childhood curiosity. Eventually I found myself teaching the nursery children Maths and singing their songs and playing with them. 
 
PWA has exposed me to many activities that ordinarily on my own I would not have embarked on. The experiences from multiple communities: Opeikuma to Kokrobite and Oshieye, were action packed experiences that I will never forget. Thank you PWA!
 
Iniye"
 
If you would like to read Iniye's article for PWA describing her thoughts, perspectives and experiences of Child Rights in the community of Opeikuma, please click here.
 
 
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