Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association (TURMEPA) will celebrate “International Volunteer Day” with 250 volunteers and the cooperation of Istanbul Bilgi University on 5th of December. On this day, TURMEPA will organize a series of events which will influence people to share information and take the first steps about sustainability of the marine ecosystem.

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PMFTC Inc. Leadership Camp Heroes are made, not born. In the face of a challenging business environment and changing landscape, PMFTC needs more people who truly embody the company’s culture and leadership traits that will sustain the company’s future. With this in mind, PMFTC President Paul Riley, External Affairs Director Bayen Elero and Human Resource Director Alex Scekic brewed a one-of-a-kind Leadership Camp for chosen employees to further hone their leadership skills. They would also like to ensure a lasting impact to the community which was affected by one of the most devastiting earthquakes that ever hit the Philippines. The Leadership Camp is an activity that focuses on strengthening the leadership, impact and influence of our chosen participants. They are given a special mission that will challenge their mental ability and leadership mettle. For the Camp’s initial offering, they are tasked to build transitional classrooms in Bohol. 44 volunteers (employees and local residents) were sent to Antequera, Bohol and tasked to build three transitional classrooms in five days, July 21-25, with their bare hands and basic carpentry tools. It may be recalled that Bohol was devastated by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in October, 2013. After 10 months, plenty of Bohol’s infrastructure remain damaged and unrepaired. A couple of months ago, Paul and Bayen went to Bohol for the official turnover of transitional classrooms which PMFTC donated through the American Chamber (AmCham) Foundation Philippines. These classrooms are the students’ temporary roof while waiting for the renovation or construction of their concrete school buildings. However, they noticed that construction takes time as most people have their own housing problems. Paul and Bayen then decided to engage our own people and build the classrooms. In coordination with the Human Resources Team – namely, Alex, Lourdes Velecina, Liza Nebrida, Joan Cuevas, Agnes Cordero and Jay Ramos, an intensive five-day Leadership Camp was organized – a leadership development exposure that will enable participants to develop and share their leadership traits beyond their comfort zone. On July 20, the participants arrived in Bohol and were immediately brought to Sto. Rosario, Antequera, Bohol. They are welcomed by heavy rains, thick mud, and the sight of an overwhelming construction challenge. Ten Boholano panday (carpenters) greeted them with hard lessons and strict instructions. Each day henceforth, everyone stepped up as they raced to beat the deadline, battling against the forces of nature, fatigue, and injuries. For some of the employees, it was a first to actually hold carpentry tools, to mix cement, to hold lumber, or to climb the roof. They reviewed and revised their strategies many times. When plans failed, they go into a team huddle. There were three teams when they arrived but became one towards the end. True leaders are able to better lead when they fully grasp the impact of what they do to an organization. In the case of the Leadership Camp, this was the Sto. Rosario community. Three community-focused activities were organized that will provide an opportunity to get to know the children, the carpenters, and the teachers. The first community work happened on July 23 during the homeroom class. Six participants interacted with the students and played with them, shared stories and provided inspiration. The second and third community work happened on July 24, seven participants spending time with the children of the carpenters through games and group singing while another group composed of seven participants joined the Nutrition Month parade as part of the official delegation of the Sto. Rosario Elementary school. In the eyes of those kids, it’s not just classrooms that our volunteers gave but also a lifetime memory of happiness, hope, and joy. On their fourth day, at exactly 3:05 PM. The last nail was hammered into place. Three classrooms were up and ready. On the fifth day, all the students, teachers, and some parents witnessed the turnover of the classrooms. “Kung may mas malalim pa na salita kaysa sa ‘Salamat”, iyon yung ibig kong sabihin” (If there is a deeper word for “thank you” that is what I would like to say), said teary-eyed Ismiro Garsota, Barangay Captain of Sto. Rosario. “Iilang bagay lang naman ang kaya kong ituro sa kanila – kung paano maglagare, gumamit ng iskwala, magpantay ng yero. Pero mas malaki ang naibigay nila sa amin dito sa barangay Sto. Rosario,” (I can only teach them a few things – how to saw, use a carpenter’s square, how to fasten galvanized iron – however, they gave us, so much more.) Ismiro added. With three new transitional classrooms, a swing, a basketball ring and ball, school bags, school supplies, and a Jollibee treat, kids smiled from ear to ear.

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As a not-for-profit community-based group, our main focus area is environment with aims to achieve cleaner, greener environment in the city of Nairobi as a whole. In partnership and with community support from businesses, NGOs, organizations and schools we organize events to clean up local areas and raise awareness on the importance of waste management through educational programs such as:
{i}environmental forums,concerts and exhibitions;
{ii}Practical demonstrations e.g composting and recycling.

All objectives and programs are related to Millennium Development Goals.

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Fedora-wearing swashbuckling steward restoring 50 acres of dry tropical forest and establishing food forests within for community development in Nicaragua.

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The Make a Change Organization's goal is to get people young and old out in the community working for the good of the community.
Wondering how you can help? Examples: People are needed to be poll workers for your county SOE center. You could take part in a community or charity walk for a cause that is important to you or a loved one. You can take in an at risk youth or be a mentor to a child in need. You can donate money to an organization you would like to support. Your time is an excellent investment as well, volunteering at a local food bank is another way to help. All we ask is that you have a willingness to get involved, get out and do something in your community to help today. THANK YOU! https://www.facebook.com/MakeChangeINC

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Em prol de um mundo melhor, de uma nova consciência humana e da valorização da natureza como parte integrante dela. Juntos e unidos pela sensibilidade nos preocupamos em desenvolvermos ações significativas como aproveitamentos e confecção de brinquedos e similares para crianças pobres do nosso entorno.

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I am one of the two founders of Mazingira Safi Initiative. Mazingira Safi is a swahili word meaning a clean environment. The initiative began in 2013 as a campaign to improve the lives of people living in Nairobi by mobilizing them to clean up their environment. The initiative is volunteer driven and largely relies on the participation of community members in the cleanup activities held at least once every month.
The initiative is gradually making positive steps towards awareness creation. It has conducted cleanups every month since its inception with the participation of not less than 30 volunteers from local communities. The volunteers' participation is appreciated. We have award ceremonies that recognize the efforts made by our volunteers.
With the initiative now structured into a non profit organization, we are providing opportunities for members to volunteer their skills and expertise towards meeting the goals of the organization. We intend to continue having a positive impact on the society and the environment. We want to see the mind set of people living in Kenya changed for the benefit of our own lives and that of the environment.

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The stellar contribution of volunteers to social and environmental development, and natural disasters in particular, was celebrated at an event held at CYSD in Bhubaneswar to commemorate International Volunteer Day by UNDP/UNV, CYSD, RCDC and BAKUL FOUNDATION.
The International Volunteer Day is celebrated across the world every year to recognize the power and impact of volunteers in changing lives, and it was celebrated for the 6th year in succession in Bhubaneswar. The focus of the event this year was on Volunteering in Disaster Response in the context of the recent Phailin and floods. It was a charged event for the 450 odd young volunteers, who participated.
The event included motivational talks by Ambika Nanda of UNDP, Jagadananda and P K Sahoo of CYSD, Kailash Chandra Mishra of RCDC, Sujit Mahapatra of BAKUL, Madhusudan Das of NYP, Akash DasNayak (Actor), Ms Sneha Mishra of Aaina etc. Many of the speakers spoke about their experience of volunteering and volunteer mobilization at the time of disasters, particularly the Supercyclone. They thereby emphasized the role of volunteering in developing skills and leadership even as it contributed to social development. It was pointed out that volunteers from Odisha during the Supercylone of 1999 were disaster management experts nationally and internationally now.
Ambika Nanda said that if we averted human casualties during Phailin this year because of the massive evacuation, this would not have been possible without the contribution of local volunteers, who motivated, reassured and convinced villagers to abandon their houses and move to shelters. Mr Jagadananda spoke about the significant role volunteers play in comforting people traumatized by disasters, a role that the armed forces could not even if they could do relief and rescue operations. Sneha Mishra motivated the young girls to go and volunteer at the time of disasters although the circumstances are difficult for girls, and spoke of the need for female volunteers to understand and respond to the needs of the victims, particularly women. Akash Dasnayak asked the young volunteers present to dream big, and to believe in themselves and their abilities to bring about change.
The highlight of the event, however, was the felicitation of 10 volunteers, who have done exemplary service. 6 of these volunteers were felicitated for their work in the post- Phailin relief and restoration efforts. They included Hara Prasad Mohanty from Janla, who worked as a volunteer for 15 days in Ganjam post the cyclone in which he took up the task of cleaning and sanitation work in 12 villages in Chhatrapur and Ganjam Blocks and also helped with distribution of polythene. Sunanda Sahoo from Chhatia, not even 20 years of age, was also in Ganjam and was part of the Emergency team that responded to conflicts during distribution of relief. She helped in many ways including offloading relief from the trucks.

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I am president and co-founder of Association Emel Tounes ( Hope Tunisia ), which launched in march 2012 the campaign Collecting Caps of Solidarity . Its slogan is "Let's pick up the caps, let’s overcome Disability", which consists in providing recyclers with plastic caps that were collected by our citizens, in order to finance wheelchairs , to be distributed to people with disabilities who are also suffering poverty.

Emel Tounes Association has launched the action "Collecting Caps of Solidarity" in March 19th 2012 , and until March 16th 2013, which is the day in which the 4th Weighing action has been held, a total of 7200 KG of plastic caps was collected, thanks to which 11 manual wheelchairs were purchased.

On the other hand, this campaign has succeeded to raise awareness of the needs of the citizens with disabilities, as besides to the collected plastic caps, Emel Tounes Association received donations that allowed to provide over 40 wheelchairs to needy disabled persons, at their request.

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