The main problem faced by urban refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa is poverty and hunger because most of them they are unemployed and they live in a country where unemployment is high. During my daily activities I realised that there is a big number of refugees and asylum seekers in the community with skills and knowledge that are not used. I decided to interest them in doing voluntary work. I took a step to negotiate institutions to integrate them in their work according to their experiences and skills. Now Home for Children's, Retirement Houses, Hospices are the most interested in accepting volunteers. I have placed more than 50 women in different community services. More than a half of those placed got now paid jobs. Poverty and hunger is not a problem to them. I continue to interest unemployed refugees and asylum seekers around Pretoria in South Africa to do volunteering work as a tool of marketing their skills with the slogan that " it is by giving you receive".Give out your skills and energy the reward will be an opportunity for a job. I also interest them with testimonies as well as my own experience. Institutions that host them are also satisfied by most of those volunteers' work. I use the same methodology to integrate refugees and asylum seekers in South African community in a quick way. The major challenge for new arrivals is learning and starting to communicate in a new language. I help them to overcome that challenge in negotiating placement in community work and I address their need which is to learn and communicate in new language, the organisation members or staff to help them in communicating and learning the new language while they are helping them in their activities. Some of them were able to integrate quickly and started to market for jobs in different sector according to their skills. I am happy of both results because they help for personal development, family development, organisation development and the community development.
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I've been travelling through the world and mostly I've been to Djibouti & Juba - South Sudan. Through my travelling, I try to provide food, drink & money for the people needing it. On the other side, participating in any volunteering activities possible as mostly I've done in Dubai, Sharjah & Abu Dhabi in UAE.

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My name is Rania Mohamed Ibrahim Hashim I graduated in computer Sciences (programming) and I continued my studies participating to numerous training in maintain network and data entry on computer program and English courses and Humanitarian Assistants. I got a diploma on an English course, Human Rights Humanitarian Assistants and other one in Development Cooperation. I got training in technical dept in Arabian Computer Company in the field of workshop Engineer: Maintaining PC & Network. My first field assignment was 2 years ago in November 2009. After been working as a volunteer in Abushok camp in the e verification exercise for the humanitarian operation of the IDPs and registration, I have been deployed as PC Operator & Complain Unit as casual to the north of Darfur to work in the registration and verification Exercise and mobile tame of the IDPs camps such as kutum in Kassab camp Tawila-Rwanda camp ZamZAM camp & Abushok camp. Then, I continued to work in world food program WFP in the field level , I worked for African Humanitarian Action AHA on a milling voucher program for beneficiaries for one year . From 2009 to 2010 I worked as program assistant in program unit for WFP in El fasher office and I was responsible for all projects of under five in the Blanket supplementary Feeding Program BSFP list in 2010 for El fasher rural area. I worked for IOM organization within the registration at IOM system in El fasher office and finger-print for beneficiaries in the camps, preparing report at the end of the day.
I worked at WFP organization data entry for questioner at WFP system in north darfouer El fasher office, preparing the report . I worked at GAA organization data entry for questioner at WFP system in north darfouer El fasher office, preparing the report . All these field experiences have been unique and amazing I have been very lucky to work in so many challenging and stimulating different environments. I learned how to deal with people of different cultures, how to manage people under my supervision and obtain good results even under stressful and difficult conditions. I worked in challenging, multi-ethnic environments with sensitivity and respect for diversity. I learned how to keep up with stressful. I hope that in the near future I will have the opportunity to put into practice both my academic and field experience working for the IDPs in other relevant and related field of work.

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I am a electronics engineer working in a third world country I know how hard it is to earn good life standards for your family in this critical situation where every thing is very expencive and one find it really hard to get the basic necessities of life. In short I want every one to be a part to reduce poverty and help save mankind so that every man can earn to fill his basic desires of sheltor, hunger and thirst.

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What counts is simply to listen!
Everything else will follow according to ones abilities and wish to help.
My name is Susana Guerreiro and I am a volunteer at the Food Bank Against Hunger in Portugal.
if you wish to contact me my contacts are:
Telm. 00351 919574921
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la culture de champignons a ete initiee en RDC precisement a lubumbashi avec l'aide de la foundation TEN de l'hollande, et le financement de Cordaid, la fondation Bralima, Deutsh embassy en RDC et belgium consulate a Lubumbshi. jusque la 25 femmes desoeuvrees de la bralima, 15 personnes vivaant avec handicap de l'ASBL Grahppe et une dizaine de sourds et muets de KILOBELOBE ON etait forme par une Chido du zimbabwe, comment cultiver les champignons en utilisant les dechets comme feuilles de bananes, epis de mais etc... comme substrats et semences de champignons importes en afrique du sud et zimbabwe. vu les depenses de l'importation un labo de production de semences et en voie de construction a lubumbashi avec sous financement de CORDAID, DEUTSH EMBASSY ET FONDATION BRALIMA. et 16 autres groupes seront formees sous financement de l'embassade de belgique en RDC, les plus visees sont les femmes desoeuvrees vivant dans differentes cites minieres de la RDC qui sont souvent pronees a la prostitution pour se faire un ptit sous. et tous seront membres de la filiere de developpement de la culture de champignons qui est une association sans but lucratif qui rassemble tout les cultivateurs de champignons. le but poursuivi par la fondation TEN est de augmenter la sécurité alimentaire et la diversité, la base de compétences et le potentiel de revenus de ses membres, participants et autres personnes vulnérables ou défavorisées (s) . le but poursuivit
Chaque groupe aura une champugnionniere et sera dote de tout materiels de travail et 50 kgs de semences comme start up. pour la fondation TEN ALINE

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I trained 100 participants from the 10 districts of Champasak province in Laos PDR South East Asia on how to cultivation mushrooms.
80% of these participants are already producing mushrooms for their home consumption and for sale in the neighboring markets. This was to reduce the pressure or dependence of communities on forests resource.

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Being an officer (Board of Directors-Vice Chairman) in employees cooperative here at airport, we have allocated funds for gift giving last december in two depressed communities in our province, and personally distribute it. Likewise, we have distributed food stuff, used clothes, toys, slippers, shoes etc to a community in dumping site, we have done this last december 2010 and december 2009. I believe in this simple act of kindness we havetouched the lives of other people. I hope and with God's help this simple act of kindness will continue in the future. God bless.

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I used to have my own job, which gave me the chance to deal with my community in several way, through my daily work, I met many people who are in real need, they were asking me for help, however I was not the suitable person at that time, one of them was a driver, who picked a photo from the car's drawer for his sick son and asked me to help the kid, who has a very big tumor in his hand,, I wished I could help,, but I was not able to do, another painful experience for me, was when a guy came to the office I worked in and he said, u should help me!! I know u can do that.. all of what I need is to get my eye back, (he lost his eye in the last war on Gaza)
I wasn’t able to stay helpless, last August, I founded a voluntary group included 5 girls, who were very active and helpful, we started contacted people abroad and get help and support for our group to help the poor people in Gaza, our activities were for the kids and women... still we wish to do more and more.. to help our people in Gaza.
Here is our FB page, www.facebook.com/ethar2011 I wish u could visit our page, and tell about our activities..

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Hi. My name is Asta Tamuleviciute and for almost a year, I worked as a volunteer Program Officer at Life and Hope Association (LHA) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I still keep in touch with many of the people that I met during my placement. One of the girls that I have helped says that she is very happy to have me in her life and that she wants that I always stay by her side. It is good to know that you have done something that made a difference - whether big or small - and that it will keep making a difference long after your placement ended. If you would like to learn more about my volunteering in Cambodia, please find me on www.omprakash.org or visit my personal website at www.astatamuleviciute.com

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