Great activities in Côte d’IvoireWritten by Cristina
The official ceremony of IVD 2014 in Côte d’Ivoire was held in Abobo which was attended by the government represented by the Ministry of Youth, the UNDP Country Director, France Vol- unteers, Red Cross, local Youth and Volunteer Involving Organizations were also present under the auspices of the National Network of Volunteer Association in Côte d’Ivoire, (RAVCI.)
With the outbreak of the Ebola virus in neighboring countries, an awareness campaign on preventive measures to mitigate the spread of the virus was conducted by volunteers from the Red Cross Society focusing on the need of change in citizens’ behavior.
Hundreds of participants walked around the different stands set up for the event by youth organizations and VIOs.
IVD CELEBRATION IN BONON - Marahoué Region
Thanks to the creativity of two Ivorian ECOWAS Youth Volunteers (Guy Oliver Djezou and Marcellin Walter Yao) assigned to Sierra Leone, happen to be in Côte d’Ivoire, they took the IVD to Bonon. They were supported by two Ivorian Youth Volunteers (Arsene Konan and Salimata Ouedraogo) and the UNV Field Unit.
Complimenting the “Peacebuilding Training” ECOWAS Volunteers collected 1,286 MyWorld Votes, given the opportunity to villagers and rural school goers to participate in the global Post-2015 consultations. To date, a total of 10,109 votes have been collected by the UNV Field Unit in Côte d’Ivoire, thanks to the active engagement of our Youth Network.
In their effort to contribute to nation-building and post-conflict reconciliation, from the 26th November to 10th December 2014 a sensitization and training activities were conducted in surrounding villages and schools of Bonon on “Cultural Awareness in Peacebuilding and Non-Violence”.
IVD IN GRAND BASSAM - 6 DEC 2014 IVD in Grand-Bassam - EMSF Orphanage
On 6 December 2014, a day after the Official IVD celebrations, a group of 80 serving UN Volunteers in Côte d’Ivoire together with their families, and friends - organized a diverse set of recreation- al and educational activities with chil- dren from the orphanage “Le Prince” in Grand-Bassam.
The historic town of Grand-Bassam is the first capital of Côte d’Ivoire located by the Atlantic Ocean, 43 kilometers east from Abidjan, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012.
The children welcomed us with songs in French and English, followed by a welcoming speech delivered by Augustine, the coordinator of EMSF. Subsequently, we were invited to a tasty homemade breakfast consisting of pine- apple and ginger jelly, cream cheese spread with herbs, pastries and freshly squeezed juices. It was yummy!!!
Following the warm welcome, and washing of hands, all together enjoyed diverse set of recreational activities.
Le Prince is managed by Bruised Childhood without Borders (Enfance Meurtrie Sans Frontières/EMSF), an international NGO dedicated to provide humanitarian support for children in distress through the provision of protection, and basic social services (healthcare and education).
BREAKFAST, ARTS & CRAFT AND YOGA
Although almost an hour behind sched- ule, the planned activities started with a yoga session, an arts and crafts workshop and an HIV/AIDS training. Helena, the spouse of UN Volunteer Etiam Fiagan, joined us for this project to teach yoga. Simultaneously, younger children participated in an arts and crafts workshop.
HIV ATELIER, CONSULTATIONS & MARKET
The orphanage is making efforts towards economic autonomy aiming at developing sustainable food production. A small vegetable market was set up at the orphanage on 6 December. UN Volunteers have committed to purchase their locally grown products, while teenagers attended a training on HIV/AIDS prevention delivered by UN Volunteer Abou Diakhate. At 1 o’clock a group of 83 set off to the beach to have lunch! Some of the children benefitted from medical consultations conducted by UN Volunteer Dr. Jacob Tehem.
And after a copious lunch, the afternoon activities started. The organizers and children formed small groups, well equipped with gloves and garbage bags, and spent over an hour collecting trash from the Grand-Bassam beach. All efforts to raise environmental awareness among children were conducted with the support of a representative of local recycling and waste collection company, who particularly sensitized the children on the harmful effects of plastic pollution on beaches and oceans.
After the tiresome, but instructive waste collection campaign, children and volunteers either jumped in the pool or relaxed by the ocean playing in the sand. It was a happy day for the children at the orphanage “Le Prince” and we were grateful for the opportunity to spend time with them!
POOL AND BEACH GAMES
It was a blissful day! We thank all the volunteers, colleagues and friends who participated in this initiative for making this delightful day possible. But most of all, we would like to thank the children and the volunteers working with EMSF for their warm welcome, enduring hope, and positive energy.