Be part of the change in the community volunteering to support people living in your community distributing clothes to men, women and children living in the community caught in the cycle of poverty. Trippinz Care Mission Volunteers is a community organization in Nigeria.
Each year, Pro Vobis - The National Resource Center for Volunteerism in Romania celebrates and promotes IVD among NGOs, institutions and volunteers through various online campaigns, publications or events. This year, while many local volunteer centers and other NGOs around Romania were celebrating volunteers by hosting award galas, we challenged people on Facebook to post a photo of themselves showing a V sign with their hands, using a common hashtag. This is what happened!
Why is volunteerism important in Zimbabwe?
Not only can volunteers serve to address a specific development objective, such as the volunteering action against HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe, but just as importantly, volunteers can enhance human development by transforming individual lives, including their own. The International Volunteers Day was commemorated in Harare on December 4. On this day, we did not only celebrate volunteerism in all its facets — but also paid special tribute to thousands of volunteers working to implement the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As we work together for the next 15 years for a transformative change under the SDGs, I have a question for all Zimbabweans, “Are you part of the change?, Will you take the challenge of transforming your lives and that of your community? In short are you ready?”. As I write this article, a human rights lawyer is advising a female headed household to protect her kids and property from insensitive relatives, a social worker is advising a refugee, a doctor is attending to an HIV patient, a midwife is assisting a mother to deliver her baby, an environmentalist is mobilising a community for tree planting, terracing, water and soil management, an engineer is assisting farmers with a feeder road to the nearest market. The list goes on. All of these people have one thing in common. They are all volunteers. They have a desire to contribute to the common good; out of free will, in the spirit of solidarity and without expectation of material reward. This is the power of volunteerism. In proclaiming the International Year of Volunteers, the International Community — through the United Nations General Assembly — recognized the contribution that volunteers make to the progress, cohesion and resilience of their communities and nations. Volunteering and community engagement empower people to change the world from the grassroots up, especially when enabled by strong partnerships at every level. As such, the development challenges we are facing in Zimbabwe requires not only economic growth but the contribution and concerted action of individuals and groups in society to improve people’s choices, quality of life and well-being. As you may know, the Millennium Development Goals will come to an end in just 27 Days; we have already put in place a comprehensive and all-encompassing global agenda, articulated by 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Our unfinished business in particular is poverty reduction, reducing maternal mortality, empowering the youth and women, ending child marriage and gender based violence, upholding rule of law and justice, and sustaining the environment, will require the ingenuity, solidarity and creativity of all 13 million Zimbabweans through voluntary action. Not only can volunteers serve to address a specific development objective, such as the volunteering action against HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe, but just as importantly, volunteers can enhance human development by transforming individual lives, including their own. Volunteerism matters because it brings the marginalised back to the mainstream; it moves people from exclusion to inclusion; it provides an opportunity for ownership and responsibility for their own sustainable future. Secondly, volunteerism is about universal values. It is about the desire to contribute in our common humanity. The act of extending a helping hand where it is needed most. In Southern Africa it is called Ubuntu. Here in Zimbabwe, it is called Hunu. These are all expressions of people’s voluntary engagement in their community. It may be a different word, but it’s the same concept no matter the language. It’s a drive to voluntarily engage in your own community to change things for the better. The SDGs challenges every one of us, all Zimbabweans; the goals were defined by all including over 20 000 Zimbabweans. As such we have to ask ourselves what I should do to change my own life and make a difference in the lives of my family members, my community and my country. No one can do it for you. It is up to you. Of course, the UN and development partners will be there to provide support. But mark my word — we can only support. We cannot underestimate the range and impact of volunteer action in our collective action to achieve the SDGs. Volunteerism is not the preserve of the rich, it is rather widespread among the income poor. According to some studies, female and male volunteers contribute approximately the same number of hours. Millions of people around the world devote their time and skills. In a study of 36 countries, it is estimated that there are 140 million people who volunteer at a given time in those countries. Imagine if there were a country called Volunteer Land, home to these volunteers . . . it would be the 9th largest country of the world, placing right after Russia! Thirdly, we need to embrace the modern face of volunteerism. The United Nations Volunteers programme was established in 1970, it is administered by UNDP. UN Volunteer Programme has currently over 7 500 Volunteers deployed to more than 132 countries. These are National and International Volunteers from over 150 countries. Going forward, I would like to highlight three major trends in the wake of globalisation and the digital age. The first is the way migration and travel are transforming the way people volunteer. The second is the private sector’s increasing involvement in volunteerism. And last, how information and communications technologies (ICT) are opening up new means of civic engagement. Online volunteering is on the rise (we have 11 000 online UN volunteers currently providing online support free of charge), despite the significant gap between developing and developed countries in terms of Internet access. The UNV programme manages the online volunteer service so that thousands of people can volunteer from their homes. There’s no longer an insurmountable distance between those who want to offer their skills and communities that need their help. I am pleased to acknowledge that the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe recognises and supports volunteer efforts. However, collectively, we still have much to do: to complete and compile studies of national volunteerism, advance proposals for pro-volunteer legislation in Zimbabwe and strengthen and extend a global volunteer network that will increase the effectiveness of volunteer service delivery. In Zimbabwe, the UN Volunteer Programme has 17 current volunteers from different countries of origin. These volunteers have provided technical expertise, assistance and support to several national development programmes. The contribution of UNV partners; International and National Volunteers involving organisation in Zimbabwe, such as the UK Volunteer Service Organization, the Red Cross Movement, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Simuka Africa, amongst others is also important. They have worked for sustainable development, facilitating humanitarian assistance to those households and communities whose harvest failed last year due to erratic rainfall and your role in protecting the environment. They are part of a movement that shows how volunteering can change the world. Encouraging more people to volunteer is a 365-days-a-year task. If you consider the committed work of volunteers of all ages around the globe, doing every imaginable kind of work, the Volunteers days should be a day that never ends. Indeed, it cannot end, as the need for volunteers is greater than ever. Those that continue making meaningful contributions in your society should be applauded. I also challenge the rest of the Zimbabwean youth who have not yet done any volunteering to join the movement to make a difference in their community and their nation. Bishow Parajuli is the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.
Article published in: http://www.herald.co.zw/why-voluntarism-matters-in-zimbabwe/
Samenhuizen vzw is a non-profit-organisation about cohousing and shared houses. Our volunteers mean a lot to us !
Based in Northern Nigeria, we witness the repercussion of the social vices existent. Illiteracy poses the major and underlining problem as this leads to poverty, gender inequality, backwardness and violence. Hence we created an empowerment initiative called #HerDearDiaryInitiative which seeks to empower the girl child through reading, writing and capacity building!
Volunteering has been a core part of the Olympics and Paralympics Games. On the Eve of Volunteer Day, I decided to share my volunteering story with you. Volunteers have assisted in the administration of sports competitions such as World Championships, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, All African Games, Pan Am Games, National Sports Festival etc. Volunteering in Olympics is a chance to expand your network of contacts, enrich your CV and develop professional skills is some of the most sought-after benefits for a game time volunteer. Organizing committee of Olympic Games (OCOG) provided exclusive training courses, English lessons, a uniform, meals, transport around the city, and a certificate of participation.
Follow the high dreams and struggle to make them true is a big deal. I wanted to explore the world so I hunt the great opportunity to work in Sochi Winter Paralympics 2014, Russia. I applied for Olympics and Paralympics 2014. I stand in the crowd for Paralympics, it was very tough competition and OCOG took different type of test step by step and I have passed all of them and received big news that I got selected. It was a great happiness for me.
I am thankful to all of my teachers especially. Mr. Zia Ul Haq and Dr. Yasir Jamil (Chairman Department of Physic UAF), they encouraged me on every stage and appreciated me so much for this unique opportunity. I am also very thankful to worthy Vice Chancellor (UAF) Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan cherished me to grab this opportunity.
I was very exited before departure because I am going to fly first time in life and my all happiness got in black shade when an immigration officer denied to exit me for Russia, he made objection and shout on me that go back home. After some minutes they smiled and let me fly for a life time experience. I will not forget this horrible joke.
My first destination was Istanbul and I have 17 hours stay over there and I could not sleep for a second there and I was waiting for Sochi. I reached above to the Olympic park at night and it looks very beautiful and it was illuminated all around with colorful lights after seeing this my heart beat getting fast I tried to captured picture from the airplane, Air hostess were trying to stop me but she gave up in front of my excitement. When I reached in Adler International Air port, I received a warm welcome from Sochi Olympics volunteers and they guide me how to get to the volunteer village. For volunteers in the Coastal and Mountain Clusters tents, stages, sound, lighting and video equipment have been set up to provide entertainment for volunteers in their spare time, with performances from a cultural and entertainment program. it was first time in winter Olympics and Paralympics that to provide free accommodation and meal to volunteers. This is very helpful for international volunteers. Here I am very thankful to OCOG for great hospitality during games.
When I reached in Sochi Olympics games were continue and I have some free days so I visited number of beautiful and cultural places in Sochi like Adler, Khosta, Matsesta ,Krasnayapolyana , Laura and Roza Khotar. I can say that Sochi has a beautiful and extra ordinary structure.
After 5 days I received my uniform and accreditation card and I enter 1st time in Olympic park I can’t explain highness of my happiness in words. And it got double when I met with Pakistani Olympian Muhammad karim (Skier). He is the only Pakistani skier to participated in giant Slalom event of Sochi Olympics 2014 and his coach Javaid Iqbal, they got surprised and they really appreciated me and they give me beautiful pins as present. They encouraged me to keep this track on and they invited me to come in Olympics village (mountain village). I was the only one from Pakistan who met them and took memorable picture with stars.
First time in life I watch Sidney Olympics 1998 and I wished at that time I can see opening and closing ceremonies live and in 2014 it happened in reality I was on duty at Fisht stadium and I got chance to see all world class performances live. I took many pictures with international athletes I got busy evening in Fisht stadium on opening ceremony. Action started on Saturday and runs until Sunday 16 March and the Games featured 547 athletes from a record 45 countries, with 72 gold medals up for grabs across the five sports - biathlon, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling. And I was the luckiest person who watches live all these games freely.
Over 8,000 volunteers have taken part in Russia’s first-ever Winter Paralympic Games, working a collective total of 80,000 shifts. The majority of the volunteers were Russian, coming from numerous time zones. Over 400 international volunteers from over 60 countries around the world are engaged. I was living with 6 volunteer and we all seven were from different countries so we shared our knowledge and we learn many things from each other.
During work and off time volunteers and spectators from different countries were coming to asking me about my country and when I was telling them about our culture , tradition , sports and beautiful land, they got astonished and replying me that Pakistan is a wonderful country and we were imagine on the other hand.
The 70,000 Olympic and 8000 Paralympic volunteers who have given their time and energy have been the key to the Games' success. They were unsung and unpaid heroes and heroines who take home priceless memories. They contributed millions of hours of voluntary work behind the scenes, without them the Games would not have been possible. I can say that volunteers are the blood for Olympics and Paralympics. I am very thankful to Sochi organizing committee of Olympic Games for giving me this great opportunity. And I proudly say that I am also approved for Rio 2016 Olympics Brazil. Another adventure is in line. I have been rewarded in so many ways that go beyond simply taking home a wage. I have over 10 years’ experience in volunteer work and now I’m reaping the rewards. It’s an opportunity to study and develop. The results are so life-enhancing. Writer:
I always love sacrificing my comfort for the humanity. It gives me pleasure to see myself doing something which am not expectig any token as appreciation resulting from doing that act. Proudly a VOLUNTEER.
We celebrate International volunteers day in Assam,Guwahati, by Club 25 International Assam members.
Made people aware of where to volunteer in Kitchener Waterloo Ontario with my tweets & facebook post about this blog post (which links to this site at the end) http://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.ca/2013/01/where-to-volunteer-in-kitchener-waterloo.html
Volunteer Centre Camden matches people who want to volunteer in Camden to volunteering opportunities in Camden. We also give info and support to groups that work with volunteers. Hurrah! #Camden #London #UK