Una de las mejores experiencias que he tenido en la vida es la de ser voluntaria, al inicio pense que iba a logarar cambiar la vida de muchas personas, pero en realidad, fueron ellas quienes cambiaron la mia. He trabajado como voluntaria y como coordinadora de grupos de voluntarios en varios proyectos, con niños, adultos mayores, pacientes con cancer y comunidades, y en cada uno de los lugares que he tenido la bendicion de compartir, no solo encontre personas maravillosas sino amigos con los cuales seguimos compartiendo este camino de la vida, hombro a hombro, para lograr asi alcanzar la meta de brindar un poco mas de justicia y un poco mas de igualdad al mundo. El voluntariado te permite conocer la realidad del otro pero sobretodo transformar las vulnerabilidades en potenciabilidades, recobrar la fuerza y la fe de que en cada una de nuestras manos esta poder generar cambios y llegar a tocar las vidas de muchas personas, que nunca te van a olvidar y que por supuesto tu nunca olvidaras

 

Maria Jose Lazo

Ecuador

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I am a UN Volunteer in South Sudan attach to the Civil Affairs Division of UNMISS. In March-April 2012, I took part in the monitoring of the Jonglei State Civilian Disarmament process. It can be recalled that during the cattle rustling in Jonglei State, hundreds of people have lost their lives including women and children. Some women were widowed and children ophaned when the three main ethnic groups (Dinka, Murle and Nuer) in Jonglei clashed over cattle. In Akobo County (East Bor), a 40 year old lady from Burmuth village explained how her husband and two of her kids were brutally killed leaving her with five surviving kids. She was the only civilian met in the village with hundreds of Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) deployed in the village. The village and other cluster villages were dissarted due to the clashes. She had no choice but to stay in military area as she had no one to care for her and her five surviving kids. The eldest boy age 23 decided to take up arms to defend the family left. Our mission was to monitor how the disarmament was done or prepared to be done, human rights abuses, forced disarmament etc. In Fangak County North-East Bor, child soldires recruited by the Late George Arthor could be seen carrying AK47s and other assualt rifles. They had no choice as their security was at stake. Some explained their livelyhood (cattle) is under attack, their children kidnaped, wives raped. No time for education as security has been prioritise by young people. In Pibor County North-West Bor Town, the same story continues of kidnapings, rape, killings etc. During disarmament, there were reports of abuses, like beatings, unlawful detentions, forced marriages etc We were exposed to all these dangers to help the international community get a correct information from where the action took place. There is need for the international community to intervene into the Jonglei security issues by engaging the South Sudan government to honestly take a decisive approach to the Jonglei security. Some of the Jonglei inhabitants confined to the team that honest disarmament should first start from state apparatus including the SPLA as the cattle fought for are owned by either ministers or SPLA generals. Submitted by: Salifu Kamara UNV-00822 Civil Affairs Officer, South Sudan

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It's an awful side of humanity , but I try to to help children to get their voice heard , still working with abused kids , trying to give them the future they are in titled to ! Sadly enough .. to get individual support for them en more over '' immediate help '' is always put on hold or in most cases , get lost in a spaghetti junction of sterile bureaucratic type of procedures , that as a volunteer or professional , u usually have to standby and the only support you are able to give is mental support , and that only for a short amount of time , witch the '' abuse person '' really does not need or longs for ! There has to be agencies that can do ground work to help a child and parents (if needed) immediately and put pressure on schools to rapport to those same agencies !! I called many , and it was as if I was disturbing their leisure time by reporting a child abuse case , most of them didn't want to get really in ti it and tried to shove ! their ! responsibility , to another institute or whatever they are called ! Scandalous !

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My parents always taught me about social awareness. This made me active in volunteering activities since I was young. I started with Scout and Red Cross. In 2009 I began to be active with an International Voluntary Service NGO called Indonesia International Work Camp in my country. I like the movement - volunteering at the grassroots level, but also raising awareness about cross-cultural understanding, unity in diversity, youth, and global citizenship. Through International Voluntary Service I'm glad to be part of a local community, as well as of the opportunity to meet other volunteers from different countries and work together with them and the local community in our small actions to strengthen the community and to promote world peace!

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BUENO TENGO LA OPORTUNIDAD DE TRAVAJAR EL EL INFA COMO VOLUNTARIO DE VERDAD ES ALGO LINDO AYUDAR A LAS PERSONAS DE LA CALLE ES LO MAS IMPRECIONANTE Q E VISTO AQUIE EN LA FAS DE LA TIERRA ME GUSTARIA COMPARTIS Y UYUDAR A LA TRANSFORMACION DE UN PAIS

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El programa VNU Ecuador actualmente se encuentra en fase de implementación de tres importantes iniciativas interagenciales y se ocupa de promover la conformación a nivel de cuatro provincias del país de los clubes ecológicos, además de apoyar la visibilizacion del aporte de las mujeres al desarrollo a través de actividades de voluntariado. Por último, apoya el fortalecimiento del voluntariado en gestión de riesgos y desastres.

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I am a peace and human rights activist in Monterrey, Mexico. I spread information about what people can do for peace and what is happening on enforced disappearances.

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