During 2009-2011, I created a small association in the church with my partners. We created this for we were benefit a lot from a university-students camping held by the priests and the volunteers in the Shenzhen church which is located at Guangdong province, China. In the camp, many of us shared their loving to others,helped those who are trapped in problems enthusiasticly and patiently, encouraged each other to move forward and to stay firmly on the belief that we are number one. Never more power and inspiration than before could we gain from the camp.

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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.
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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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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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THE CAMPAIGN Our experience working as National UNVs in the UNHCR-Dominican Republic campaign “Living together with Tolerance!” By José Manuel Vicente and Eykis García Since joining the UNHCR office in the Dominican Republic as National UNVs, we had the opportunity to participate in all the activities related to the launch of the public Campaign to promote tolerance, co-existence and human rights among the various ethnic, religious and social groups in the Dominican Republic. The Campaign is designed to cover a series of human rights issues including discrimination against victims of HIV and AIDS, gender violence, cultural links and nationality, among others. It was launched through the “Voices of an Island” music concert on December 9, 2011, in the Historical Center (Colonial) City of Santo Domingo, with the participation of Dominican and Haitian musicians, to mark International Day of Human Rights. The campaign is set to last for a period of 18 months, and is organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Dominican Republic with the financing of the European Union and the support of the Ministry of Culture and the private sector.
1. The activities are being held in the capital Santo Domingo, as well as in important cities such as Santiago, in both urban as well as rural settings, including marginalized sugar cane field villages known locally as bateyes. These are some of the most important events held since the launch of the Campaign: The creation of a Network of community communicators for the production of radio programs promoting human rights, co-existence and tolerance.
1. The concert “Voices of an Island”.
2. A photography contest on Tolerance and Co-existence where young adolescents from the bateyes were able to capture daily life and the many struggles and hardships they face in their marginalized communities, but also the positive relationship that exists between the Dominican populations there and those of Haitian origin. The pictures from this competition, together with others taken by professional photographers, were subsequently show in an exhibition called “Voices from the Batey” was held in Santo Domingo’s Blue Mall.
3. A Street theater workshop and plays, carried out by actors and young people from the sugar cane field villages.
4. A campaign of videos, recorded by famous Dominican personalities, including a renowned journalist, a business leader, Miss Dominican Republic 2011, a TV star and an Olympic young sports figure, promoting the concepts of tolerance, co-existence, respect for cultural diversity, etc.
5. A concert entitled “Immigrant Voices in the Dominican Republic”. It was held in the Santo Domingo National Theater on April 27, 2012 with the participation of several musicians who are immigrants in the Dominican Republic and are residents in the country, including artists from Serbia, Haiti, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgary, France and Peru.
6. A concert entitled “Voices and colours of Dominican Republic” held in Santiago on 20 September, where some ten Dominican artists took part, and which promoted the issue of cultural diversity.
And 7. A forum of Haitian and Dominican students held at the well-known Catholic University in Santiago, la Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), on 21 September 2012. In the year that we have been working in these issues, we have noticed that through culture, music, social dialogue and tolerance we can begin to bridge differences and create processes of integration between isolated communities and other populations within the Dominican Republic. There are incredible persons in the bateyes and it is our duty to continue working on improving their living conditions and their integration into society through the important work of UNHCR. ``There is no great talent, without great will power``. Honoré de Balzac

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I have participated in sport-cultural manifestation "Inclusion", which was organized by Association of Students with Disabilities. The aim of that project was to promote equality in education, sport activities, social interactions between students with and without disabilities. This association also advocates to provide equal access to higher education for all students. This year, in October "Inclusion 2" will take place, and I will participate again to help young people to socialize, have fun, understand and listen lectures, do all sport activities despite their disability.

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tapiwa.odingaUNV copyThe United Nations Volunteers programme has called for the scaling up of volunteer effort to support regional integration in East Africa. Speaking at the Africa Conference on Volunteer Action for Peace and Development held at the UN offices in Nairobi, UNV Senior Manager for East Africa Tapiwa Kamuruko pointed out that volunteerism could contribute greatly to enhancing regional exchanges and meeting common development challenges. Mr. Kamuruko observed that the high number of unemployed youth in the region should be encouraged to take up voluntary service and supported in exchange programmes to ensure they’re gainfully engaged and are exposed to relevant skills and culture. Speaking at the opening of the same event, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative Aeneas Chuma pointed out that the UN system, led by UNV, has continued to support volunteerism, and called for stakeholders to continue doing so. He also noted the UN Country Team’s continued support to the process of developing a national volunteer policy for Kenya through the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Development. The conference, held from 2nd to 4th July, brought together about 400 young people from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi as well as Nigeria, Korea, Canada and others. It also involved several volunteer involving organizations, both local and international as well as senior representatives from the private sector and government. Over the two days, UNV encouraged discussion around the outcomes of IYV+10, the UN General Assembly Resolution 66/67 of 2011 and the call from the UN Secretary General to establish a Global Youth Volunteering modality. The conference ended with a resolution for the establishment of an East Africa Peace & Service Corps that will be a platform for galvanizing youth volunteer action in the region. Photo ©UNV UNV’s Senior Portfolio Manager for East Africa Tapiwa Kamuruko (left) presents a copy of the State of the World’s Volunteering Report to Kenya’s Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, EGH, MP, during the Africa Conference on Volunteer Action for Peace and Development.

Kakuma Refugee Camp located in Turkana West District near the border with South Sudan that hosts around 99,000 refugees from 13 countries, mainly from Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Congo, Sudan, Burundi, has experienced the first general election of the entire camp since its establishment in 1992 on 30th June 2012. tomoko.yasunagaUNV copyTomoko Yasunaga, an International UN Volunteer assigned as Peace Building Officer of UNHCR sub-office Kakuma, organized this election mobilizing around 600 refugee volunteers and 250 Kenyan and international staff of all aid agencies which are based in Kakuma together with around 100 refugee and Kenyan security personnel. Refugee volunteers, Kenyan and international staff were working as electoral committees and presiding officers at 91 polling stations and tens of thousands refugees who are above 18 years old voted for their leaders and many of them experienced the election for the first time in their life. The long journey started in 2010, a few months after she arrived in Kakuma. As a Peace Building Officer, Tomoko was assigned to promote the peaceful co-existence among refugees and began to realize there was a gap in the existing leadership structure, since it was based on nationality, tribe and clans, thus aggravating tribalism and clan-based divisions. As a result, it brought about a situation in which mutual cooperation between communities was weak and often ineffective, especially in terms of the sharing of limited resources. There were also challenges in conveying information between leaders and community members as the number of refugees in each community was disproportional. What is more, issues relating to the provision of services and issues affecting persons living with disabilities, gender, children, and particular groups were not well represented by the structure. Tomoko together with her counterparts in NGOs, government and senior UNHCR staff started discussing ideas around restructuring the leadership to one based on constituencies made up of blocks and zones and camps, for enhancing effective service delivery, information sharing and mutual cooperation among refugees. Despite the agreement and full consensus of all agencies, the concept had been completely rejected by refugee leaders who had been sitting in their position for long time and their community members who were influenced by them. The distrust between different ethnic groups due to their historical background was also a great obstacle for their acceptance. However, she and her colleagues undauntedly tried to convince the refugee community members, and gradually the aim of the new leadership structure became to be infiltrated to the refugee population and finally accepted by all communities. Based on the concept, the camp constitution was drafted by the refugee representatives of each nationality and passed by the government that manages the camp, all agencies and the refugee leaders, and electoral committees were formed in each constituency, a total of 91 blocks. Since the election was the first experience for most of refugees, the members of electoral committees had to undergo training in democracy and the concept of fair and free elections. Despite the initial strong rejection, around 600 refugee volunteers became to be keen on serving for improvement of their communities. However, although the process finally seemed to be on the right track, there were still numerous challenges that needed to be overcome such as the voters’ registration, mobilization of Kenyan staff, logistics, security measures, absence of female candidates due to cultural reasons, civic educations especially for illiterate populations and etc. Tomoko and her team overcame each challenge one by one and, the general election was finally conducted two years after the start of the project. Almost 1,000 staff including refugees, Kenyans and internationals, regardless of their positions, united to work hard and make this exercise a big success. Despite the concerns of security risks and chaos, the election in 91 constituencies went peacefully, and refugees congratulated the winners as the election results were announced and success of the first election of the entire camp. However, this was not the goal of the journey. Tomoko and her colleagues are still working on ensuring that the new system promotes the fair and effective distribution of services and information, and mutual support, and eventually enhance peaceful co-existence among refugees. She strongly wishes that refugees who came from war-torn countries to learn how to live in peace by overcoming tribalism and build democratic society, and eventually rebuild peaceful societies in their own countries in the future. Photo©UNHCR UN Volunteer Tomoko Yasunaga (in blue cap) poses with elated refugees at the Kakuma Refugee Camp on the sidelines of the camp’s first ever General Election

ႈႈI faced some kind of problems concerned with disabled children. In my country, Myanmar, one of the Asia countries, most of the people are still discriminate and exclude the children with the disabled. They believe money can makes the disabled children to be happy. It's not right. I am a Special Education teacher at the special school in my country. In this special school, we have a project for the disabled children, named, "Inclusive Education". It can only the way to make the children's life to be valuable.

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