Volunteering at DHI
It's easy to say Doctors Health Initiative (DHI) is a Non-Governmental Organization. It's easy to say that we work for free for those in needs. While all this is true, it doesn't really adequately grasp what Doctors Health Initiative actually is...who Doctors Health Initiative is.
DHI is a family. A family of young and not-so-young people, a family of professionals in their respective fields and well, non-professionals, as well. A family that crosses borders and sweats and carries heavy weights together for the greater good.
What makes our family unique is that we come together; put aside our individual problems and interests, and we do our work to the best of our abilities keeping in mind the spirit of service. This spirit of service drives us to seek to improve the overall health of the individual by making sure all the health needs (physical, mental and emotional) of the family members are treated.
We are passionate about women’s health. The Women of Doctors Health Initiative and also the many women we come across daily are a rock in any family and their health is always at risk when they are ill equipped to fight health issues. There are grave health challenges pertaining to women due to lack of information as seen every day so we make it our mission to educate women on the pros and cons of family planning, child spacing and infertility.
We provide a well rounded, well informed and total health friendly solution. Knowledge is power, and this we make available to everyone.
We also reach out to communities in need: Destitute Home Ebute Meta, Makoko community, Red Cross Orphanage, the Internally Displaced Persons across Nigeria etc. We gather funds, donations, drugs and other relief materials to be able to cater for those in needs.
We use every channel available to us to create awareness of human rights issues. In a world where there is so much noise, we come together and raise our voices in unison because we know that to be silent is more or less to give permission.
We provide free skill acquisition opportunities to the poor and underprivileged in our society. We empower them, teach them how to cook and harness other personal skills they may possess. We let them know that one’s situation doesn't and shouldn't inhibit them from realizing their full potential.
Though this is what DHI is, sometimes our dreams are more than our resources. We are always grateful to individuals or companies that share our dreams by supporting us in cash or kind. We depend on charity organizations, corporate bodies and like-minded people to help us reach our goals which are beyond the resources we have.
So, DHI is a family that desires to grow in love and in generosity and in reach. We could go on and on about the little things that we do. The smiles that we help create and the healings we facilitate, and the independent women and children we pray we are helping to make...but I'm afraid I'll never stop writing.