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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Somos el grupo de voluntarios "Comunicadores y Educadores Ambientales para la Conservación", realizamos educación ambiental en la ciudad de La Paz. Tocamos todos los temas ambientales, pero princpalmente el tema de agua y cambio climático.

 

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I got a chance to join the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot recently as an volunteer in Dubai. An UN volunteering experience is something that really changes your perspective of human lives, something only an UN employee can relate to. Every day is has something new to offer with even more learning curves. The experience not only added a sense of pride but a whole new set of moral values and responsibilities into me. We all are a minute part of the human race but if we keep doing our little in bits, trust me, life feels so much more clearer in perspectives. Rohit Sharma
Volunteer UNHRS, Dubai
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Four online volunteers joined forces with Global Civil Initiatives, Inc. (GCI), an NGO based in Kyrgyzstan, to develop a project proposal on low-carbon technologies for sustainable energy generation, poverty alleviation and climate change adaptability in the Issyk-Kul region.

The proposal aims at enabling the rural population in regions with no access to electricity to gain increased benefits from the use of sustainable, low carbon technology. The project also aims at facilitating livelihood generation and increase community engagement in sustainable energy solutions in the region.

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La Cruz Roja Colombiana ha contado con la colaboración de voluntarios en línea para diseñar recursos de capacitación para sus voluntarios, elaborar materiales educativos para comunidades vulnerables, realizar el boceto del número dedicado al 50 ª Aniversario de la revista de las Damas Grises y desarrollar una campaña de divulgación para atraer a voluntarios nacionales:

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En el 2010 en Chile ocurrió un sismo grado 8,8 el cual afecto a la ciudad de Concepción y específicamente a la ciudad de Talcahuano fue arrebatado por la fuerza del tsunami afectando a gran parte de la población a quienes se les fue arrebatados sus hogares, pertenencias y vivieron la muerte de sus familiares, es por eso que yo me ofreci para ayudar a las personas en la recostruccion de sus hogares y limpieza de estas. Creo que ha sido lo mas importante de mi vida.

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Water is the most important thing for human being because without water human being cannot live. Water means safe water which is like for drink so we must preserve water and maintain safe water for human beings. All diseases are in dirty water which human beings drink then they are in sick. If we cannot easily receive drinking water at time we should preserve rain water harvesting system and Jungle should be preserved for Water. In my experience, since 1999 I was working at a project of Rural Water Supply & Sanitation while I know that where I was working that Village there are no safe water for Drink. I saw that there are Livestock & People were drunk the same water and the same place so I was Socked which I saw that scene. There were many people were in Sick different kinds of Sick like Diarrhea, Tiffed etc. then I talked many people for Drinking water project at that Village by my hard struggle Drinking water Project was Lunched and successfully completed then I know that where any things was shortage at that place same programs are lunched.

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We live on one planet can not leave him at least for now.
And we should not destroy our house because we we leave for generations leaders after us.
Since the primary stage and I am interested in research on the ozone hole and environmental pollution, global warming and water purification wells from contamination and the use of solar energy and clean energy in general.
What do environmental resources around us and limited in nature boomerang we and Bobh lethal disease and famine must preserve what's left to us from the ground and we are working to address the rest until everybody benefits.
From businessmen or workers and the rest of the humans are a never-ending series and related to each other. Belief in volunteer work and that the noblest acts and believe that up to Kulbo quickly because no purpose but it's the heart interested in a cause.

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Sustainable development and Environmental stewardship

Sustainable development and Environmental stewardship in any society would not take place, unless the populace has a keen understanding as to why such is important. We believe education and knowledge plays a fundamental component in this regard. Therefore, for the past few years, we have been concentrating on key components that would facilitate education and knowledge, which in turn leads to self empowerment. We have concentrated on items such a reuse of personal computers, reuse of text books, reuse of eye glasses in local and international arena with reputed non profit organizations. We believe a resource such as personal computers, text books, eye glasses that have already been produced should have its useful life extended, wherever and whenever possible. We also believe these components are a few of the fundamental tools for education and knowledge.
By providing the components mentioned above to those who otherwise would not have access to such due to lack of access and affordability and no cost to the recipient, starts the journey of self empowerment of the vulnerable in our global society. This empowerment of the most vulnerable has a cascading effect in society that enriches the process towards Sustainable development and Environmental stewardship. We believe this application has relevance in any community throughout the world.

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