UNV KENYA MARKS THE INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAYWritten by Cristina
UNDP Kenya and UNV Kenya joined the world community to mark the International Volunteer Day (IVD). Following this year’s theme “Young, Global, Active”, the UN Volunteers in Kenya decided to celebrate the day by engaging in a number of environmental activities to ensure wider environmental awareness plus to demonstrate volunteer contribution to the greatest treasure they have for nature, and environment.
The UN Volunteers marked IVD by planting trees during their annual UNV Retreat in Voi near the Tsavo National Park in Kenya. On the 5th of December, 2013 the UNV Kenya team extended the tree planting at the natural environmental trail located close to Karura Forest Natural Reserve close to the UN Complex.
The IVD activity was officially opened by UNDP Kenya Officer in Charge- Mr. Thomas Ole-Kuyan who read the official Message of the United Nations Secretary General on International Volunteer Day.
Mr. Ole-Kuyan stated that the volunteers’ work is highly appreciated by the UN and the world for it really offers sustainable solutions to daily challenges of communities. He also stated that Volunteerism has no borders and limitations due to the dedication and passion of the people involved.
To emphasize the IVD theme, Mr. Ole-Kuyan was joined by the youngest UN University Volunteer, Ms. Masae Ochai, to plant the first tree at the natural environmental trail.
The UNDP and the UNV team in Kenya wished to have more inspiration and further volunteer achievements to all volunteers worldwide.
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“I appreciate the work and service offered by UN Volunteers in Kenya. .You may not know ,but you contribute much to the UN programmes and for the development of the world.”
UNDP Kenya OIC –Mr. Thomas Ole-Kuyan