John Ampiah-Addison’s Bio
I’m originally from Ghana and currently living in Gaithersburg, Maryland. I’m studying Economics at American University. I’m looking forward to finding out how my work at CCAO can help make life better for the poor.
On Tuesday 13th September 2011, I will begin my internship at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, a mission based non-profit organization focused on advocating for social justice, economic justice, peace and conflicting resolution and other issues pertaining to minorities. My role at this internship is to support this organization to achieve its mission. Even though I have not started this internship yet, the themes from the Catholic Social Teaching (a treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenge of modern society) provides a reliable guide as to what the end goal of my work should be. As an Economics major, I’m really excited for having the opportunity to apply my knowledge to promote Economic Justice.
My role in this organization will protect and support the themes from the Catholic Social Teaching by ensuring that designing of economic institutions are influenced by moral principles that protects the life and dignity of the human person. Economic justice will promote economic sustenance for the individual and society as a whole, which will help strengthen social institutions like marriage and family—this helps create a healthy community where every individual has the right to benefit from and responsibility to protect such institutions.
The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach puts the well-being of the poor or less privileged at the top of its agenda and it will be my responsibility this fall 2011 to support this agenda. I am prepared to begin this wonderful experience.