In this very moment, I'm with my organisation - ADYNE in Bruxelles, Belgium running a seminar on the use of media for improving social inclusion, especially for the African Diaspora Youth Community in Europe.
ADYNE is a platform of youth-led, youth driven organisations dedicated to the development of an official network representing the interests & aspirations of the African Diaspora Youth living in Europe. ADYNE aims to work on strategies to strengthen the development of a constructive dialogue between European and African societies. ADYNE supports youth volunteering to change our reality, to fight for social inclusion, intercultural dialogue, youth employment and decent work, inspired by the African word "Ubuntu".
We have many activities every year, we are involved in the Africa-Europe youth cooperation, Africa-Europe Youth Platform, the process of the Network of Youth Universities for Participation and Development (Europe - Spain, Africa- Cape Verde and Tunisia, South America-Uruguay)
Two years ago we had a seminar on how african diaspora youth can contribute to the achieving the MGDs.
www.adyne.eu, twitter: @ADYNE2

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International Volunteer Day is a chance for individual volunteers, communities and organizations to promote their contributions to development at the local, national and international levels. By combining UN support with a grassroots mandate, International Volunteer Day is a unique opportunity for people and volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, non-profit institutions, community groups, academia and the private sector.

Praxis Greece

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A Mathare youth group has initiated an election monitoring program to sensitise the constituents to registers as voters as well as monitor social injustices that normally arise during electioneering period. The Uchaguzi Mathare 2013 platform, which has been initiated by Think Tank youth group; rely on social media, mapping and other interactive media to engage electorates who give their views on the happening at the grass root level. According to the Think Tank Administrator Javin Ochieng, the group has come up with an SMS platform that helps them engage in civic education and investigative reporting in a bid to put aspiring politicians in check as the country heads to the next polls. “Apart from monitoring elections in the region, the initiative will also help residents report incidents like fire thus providing quick solutions,” added Ochieng who has had a stint at Map Mathare, a company that engages in research activities. Antonia Mutungi, a resident who has interacted through the channel, praised the initiative saying that politicians who have been sewing hatred amongst constituents will now be traced and face the law. She urged the Government to support such initiatives to help in surveillance.

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Celebrating International Volunteer Day 2012 with Art
Volunteering for Water – a Poster Art Exhibition to mark this year’s IVD 5th of December 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka A poster art exhibition, “Volunteering for Water” and an award ceremony was held to mark the International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2012. Organized by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Sri Lanka and the United Nations Communication Group together with two schools in Colombo, the event brought together more than 1700 young artists island-wide to identify the importance of volunteering and water for sustainable development. The celebration was graced by the Hon. Minister of Social Services, Mr. Felix Perera. The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Mr. Subinay Nandy and UNDP Country Director Razina Bilgrami were also among the distinguished guests. Judged based on their creative, conceptual and artistic qualities, T. D. A. Bometh Dissanayaka’s entry won the award under junior category (age 6-10) while H. P. Ishani Vidurangana displayed her artistic superiority winning the award in the intermediate category (age 7-11). H. R. Chaturi Lakshini was selected the best entry for the senior category (age 17 and above). During the celebration, another 77 out of the 1700 paintings sent for the art competition from all over the country were commended by a judging panel composed of professional artists, as well as experts on water and volunteering. The commended artists were awarded prizes and certificates for the energy and vibrancy they put into the paintings. These creative pieces were showcased in the exhibition organized by UNV and United Nations Communications Group at the Disaster Management Centre prior to the awards ceremony. Using their visual impressions, the paintings on display spoke of the central theme and crossed the boundaries of language in highlighting the importance of volunteering for water. In his speech the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Mr. Subinay Nandy emphasized the importance of volunteerism for sustainable development stating that “Sustainable development projects can be large-scale and multi-sectoral, or small-scale initiatives. Volunteering action within these initiatives can go a long way in making a meaningful impact”. The Minister of Social Services also highlighted the importance of the tradition of volunteering in Sri Lanka, encouraging all to take examples from the event to contribute to the country’s development. “From the villages to the cities, Sri Lankans have always placed a very high importance on volunteering. We saw this not only during tragedies like the tsunami but also in the day to day activities of the people. By highlighting the importance of volunteering in a forum such as this, we hope that every citizen of Sri Lanka, young and old, continues to value volunteerism” he said. This event was primarily organized by over 60 volunteers, their contribution involved in organizing, coordinating technical handling, video productions and performances. This was a story of volunteerism not only to celebrate an important day but a way of sustaining the idea of volunteering for a cause throughout the year.

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It is a pleasure to share my voluntary work with the world of volunteers. Since late 1999, I was assisting my mother in chicken farming where herself was also a volunteer with A community Based organisation called ''Bakyala Maka'' literally meaning; ''a women is the pride of the family''. After a few years, that group was picked up by World Vision Uganda and I continued doing voluntary services not until I finished my secondary work and the most work I was performing now was to direct a medical doctor who was assigned with the task of carrying and treatment to HIV patients in a system named ''Home Visiting'' After that, I volunteered as a peer educator with World Vision in Kasawo ADP for over three years.
In 2007, after seeing a great suffering of the Deaf persons in Uganda specifically after a deaf friend Keyiramba Jimmy was knocked by a train just because of the road guide's weakness to guide pedestrians, I decided to study sign language and start an NGO called Deaf Rights Network {DERINE} purposely to advocate for the rights of the Deaf persons and also train Sign Language, an organisation I am still heading as a volunteer. This organisation is registered with the government and still need more volunteers to help emancipate the social life of the deaf because they are still marginalized in social, economic and political setting.

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Improving the lives of disabled people in China. The Zheng Weining Charity Foundation supports and promotes opportunities for people with disability in China. Our project is about developing opportunities for volunteers to work with disabled people in education, employment, welfare and self development. Our volunteers give their time and expertise to create a model for inclusive social and enterprise development. There are an estimated 85 million people with disability in China and, as the gap between rich and poor widens, they are often the most excluded from education and employment. The Foundation is supported by the whole profits from social enterprises run for and by disabled people and volunteers make a huge contribution to the lives of many people.

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I am honoured to serve in my local community because it has brought great benefits to all those around. For example the volunteer work I do at a local newsletter helps promote awareness in the community. Things, organisations and events that would have not been otherwise mentioned feature in the magazine and that strengthens community spirit. I look forward to continual volunteer work and see more positive changes for the better take place at home and abroad.

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A variety of assistive or learning technologies (AT/LT) are being used successfully within the education system to support the learning process for students with learning disabilities. As is the case with any new software there is a significant learning curve for new users. Through an innovative combination of trained volunteers and online resources, the Ottawa Volunteers in Education program is training volunteers to support students as they begin to use learning technology, so they can reap the benefits of these tools as quickly as possible. Free online AT training and resources are available to all English and French speaking individuals.

www.onfe-rope.ca/at

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The Young Explorers' Institute for Social Service, a civil society of Kolkata, India working for the development of Youths in West Bengal for last 21 years. Awareness generating on the effect environment pollution is one of the important area of this civil society.

http://sushantade.blogspot.in/2012/07/a-civil-society-of-india-young.html

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I am E.M. Raju, NSS coordinator. We have organised many program to improve the quality of environment in the college and the surrounding villages. Nearly 100 volunteers are working with me and many of them are very active in strengthening the community. We have conducted Green and Clean campus program, special camps for creating awareness among villagers and identifying drop out school children. We are also promoting Eco friendly energy usages. E.M. Raju, Associate Professor of Physics, NSS coordinator,
Vidya Jyothi Institute of Technology,
Aziznagar Gate, C.B. Post,
Hyderabad - 500075, Andhrapradesh, India

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