This year we are focusing on community led volunteering initiatives that the community in Harper have embraced.
We are starting from a local saying "Ha Dea" translated to "Offer yourself for service. " equating volunteerism = service
In sum the series of activities include:
1. A community volunteer Service Day (CVSD) on the 28th where the whole community will come out to clean Harper (or as they say to brighten Harper). the 29th is Tubman's birthday (ex Pres some time ago) which is a big ceremony as he comes from Harper. the clean up campaign will include a pedestrian awareness raising . We will be painting 5 z-bra crossings in strategic areas of the city of Harper.
2. On the 29th there is a local women's NGO called the Millennium women's association. They are involved in using their own resources to buy coconut seedlings and plant them in a part of Harper where the land is falling into the sea. We will be mobilizing the community and the students to offer their service to help in planting the seedlings at the same time getting awareness on environment and the importance of coastal systems. planting coconut seedlings
3. There will be a workshop for Students ans CSO representatives covering issues of advocacy and volunteering, leadership, and Service learning.
4. On the 3rd of December there will be a parade celebrating volunteerism and volunteers. The parade will end in the stadium where different CSOs, UN agencies, University students, the peace keepers, UNMIL will do information sharing about their 'Ha Dea" activities. We hope this will be the start of a community information sharing where different organizations doing Ha Dea share their stories and mobilize citizens to join their initiatives.
5. The 5th of December will be celebrated in Monrovia at the University of Liberia where the speeches will be read and we hope to bring representatives from Harper to tell their stories. Put the talk to the walk.
6. On 5th of December we are also organising a clean-up and hygiene education campaign in the 12th Street Community, in collaboration with the University of Liberia Volunteer Movement (ULVM), the leaders and members of the Youth Group and the Monrovia City Corporation. The cLean-up starts in the morning at about 7.00 am till 12.00 noon, followed by few speeches and educational campaigns and friendly sporting activities (football and Kickball) in the afternoon.
7. On 5th December, there will be an Official ceremony at the University of Liberia Auditorium, where the statements will be made by key government and civil society partners and the statement of the UN SG, UNDP Administrator and the UNV Executive Co-ordinator will be read.