7 Days of Activism in NepalWritten by Cristina
Every year on 5 December, on International Volunteer Day, the world celebrates one of the most basic expressions of solidarity and societal cohesion, volunteerism. Often arising out of long-established traditions of sharing and reciprocal exchanges, volunteerism is a universal phenomenon that transcends boundaries, religions und cultural divides.
This year, for IVD, 14 volunteer involving and promoting organizations came together to do exactly that—transcend what could possibly divide us. With volunteers and organizations from Nepal, Korea, Japan, Australia, the USA, Europe and Russia, to name but a few, UNV conducted 7 Days of Activism, tying IVD to World AIDS Day and International Day for Persons with Disabilities.
Together we planned, organized and conducted various activities in Kathmandu and around the country to tackle the many development challenges that Nepal faces. We saw that together we can address a variety of challenges to achieve sustainable development. Sustainable development—promoting economic and social well-being while protecting the environment — has not yet been achieved in Nepal, despite encouraging progress. Rising inequality, gaps and shortfalls in development partnership, population growth, climate change and environmental degradation have hampered efforts.
Volunteerism is a great tool for development. It benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.
On the next couple of pages, we present our volunteers and their contribution to peace and development in Nepal. What a difference a couple of days make...
120 guests and representatives and volunteers from all partner organizations came together at the Yala Maya Kendra in Patan to recognize and appreciate volunteers’ contributions to peace and development. Following speeches from distinguished guests, including the UN Resident Coordinator, young dancers demonstrated their talents and volunteers from different organizations told stories from the field. Pictures taken during the activities from December 1- 4 were displayed to highlight our work, and all organizations provided information about their work and impact in Nepal.