Blog: My Journey Volunteering at Doras, by Deborah Ojiako

June 6, 2024
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Volunteering at Doras has been one of the most transformative experiences of my life. My journey with Doras started in September 2023, when a student volunteer position opened. As a Master’s in Public Health student, I joined Doras as a receptionist, eager to make a difference and gain practical experience in a field I am passionate about. Little did I know that this role would profoundly shape my understanding of social justice and public health.

Each day at Doras, I interacted with individuals from diverse backgrounds, many of whom faced significant challenges as migrants and refugees. These interactions opened my eyes to the systemic barriers they encounter and the critical need for supportive services. The empathy and resilience I witnessed in our clients were both humbling and inspiring.

Through my role, I honed essential skills such as effective communication, cultural competency, and adaptability. Handling various inquiries, providing support, and connecting individuals to necessary resources taught me the importance of patience and active listening. These are skills I will carry forward into my public health career, ensuring that I approach each individual and community with respect and understanding.

One of the most significant impacts of my time at Doras has been the development of a strong advocacy mindset. Working alongside dedicated staff and volunteers, I saw first-hand the power of community engagement and grassroots efforts in driving social change.

This experience has fuelled my commitment to advocating for policies that promote health equity and justice for marginalised populations.

As I approach graduation, I am more determined than ever to continue this important work. If my story resonates with you, I urge you to consider getting involved with Doras. Whether through volunteering, donating, or simply sharing this blog to raise awareness, your support can make a difference. Together, we can create a more inclusive and equitable society.