As a young guy bristelling in the course of fame in my vicinity, I stand to utilize this God gifted opportunity to make changes to my community and even to the world as a whole.
I leant to understand that seeing a problem springing out is a spot of an opportunity. I am meaning to utilizing this opportunity of finding myself in community where problems are being spotted and to find some antedotes to it.
My community, Zango, a community with a vase populationin the Ghanaian reach and contribute a lot to the economy but experiences partiality when it come to the share of certain social amenities. Why?
This community of mine lack the zeal of education. Many of the grown ups in this community lack education. The young and the youth too have this problem at their disposal. Our locality is in the middle of the Kumasi, the second busiest city in Ghana. The young and the youth are fond of money. They always want to see money at their disposal so the see it as a long process of making money going to school. If the young and the youths are gaining more than they can handle what does one think could happen between between them and their seniors,disrepectfulness. Also, They go a long way in finding some other alternatives of getting quicker money which then results to robbery.Some of the yoong and the youths too are into soccer. They spend a long time wanting to know more about soccer and its entities. They are good in telling the history background of almost all the players in the UEFA champions league. They lack sponsorship too when it comes to soccer but they almost stay the whole day enquiring about soccer and sports.Some others are into cobblering and tailoring. They also spend the money messlessly on girls and other irrelevant issues.Many of the problems there are undisclosed.
As a young and vibrant guy springing out from this kind of community, imagine the threats and obstacles overcomed to reach this far.I also see it as beseech to help solve this problems our the community and improve to the better.Upon that I formed an organization by the name Free Relation, Trying to find out the problems of the young and the youth and finding some antedotes to it and to make them discover upon their images, and the reason to life. Without you my days are "Sadday,"Moanday, "Tearsday, "Wasteday, "Thirstday, "Fightday", and "Shatterday"
My experience in Botswana and in Solomon Islands spanning five years was very rewarding to me as well as to the community that I worked for. The Cooperative movement in both these countries gained much needed financial knowledge at the grass root level and at the higher levels. In Solomon Islands, the local business entrepreneurs and the officers attached to the Ministry of Trade and Commerce received much needed exposure to simple Accounting and Bookkeeping lessons. Overall, it was a very happy and successful period in my professional life.
In my country the maternal and child death is a big agenda. The main source of this problem is blood shortage, lack of transportation to health center and so on. So to solve these problems I mobilize the youth to donate blood and to give transportation service through local ambulance (they organize themselves and carrying the pregnant mother to the health center) voluntarily.
vaincu en l'amerique latine et dans la caraibre, mais 12 janvier 2010 travaillant dans mon pays pour aider les gens victimes du seisme. vue mes experiences en rep dominicaine et au chilie et en haiti j'ai decide de me porter toujour volontaire pour resoudre les problemes d'ordre psychosociale dans quelque le pays en difficulter
In 2001 I worked for UNHCR as Programme Officer (Reintegration) for the Eritrea returnee refugees which UNHCR was returning from Sudan. As the officer overseeing the whole reintegration programme, I was priviledged to interact with all organisations that were involved in the return repatriation and reintegration (3Rs) programme where I coordinated the UNDAF thematic group on this programme. My objective was to ensure that UNHCR short term reintegration programmes are included in the longterm programmes that were being pursued by agencies that have a development mandate and hence with more predictable resources compared to UNHCR's meagre resources. In post conflict situations, usually agencies are driven by their specific mandates and as such if measures are not taken early enough to link up together, programmes end up being implemented on stand alone basis. This was the situation I found in Eritrea whereby there was a misconception that since UNHCR was repatriating refugees, then it was responsible for catering for all the returnees, needs. It was like the returnees were to be a different category of population group in Eritrea with a special status and yet they were Eritreans who were to be included in the national programmes. Through my intervention, the misconception was changed and returnee needs were inculcated into the ongoing programmes. I ensured that right from the outset, the local authorities had to be involved in the planning for returnees. Together with the local authorities we would first look at the local plans (local development plan) before we could decide on where to allocate land for the returnees, where to build the infrastructure etc. This was specifically meant to avoid creating parallell systems of assistance and moreover those that would not be sustainable after UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies had existed. My experience in social inclusion is that the nortion of "handover" is wrong, because when projects are handed over e.g to the local authorities, there is always lack of full local ownership. The best way is to involve the government (usually local authorities especially host communities) right from the outset. In doing so, they will advise whether a certain project would be sustainable in the long run after the external assistance had stopped. In doing so one is able to deliver humanitarian assistance in such a way that it meets developmental objectives. We put a mechanism in place whereby agencies would work together each basing on its comparative (based on its resources and know-how). For example in order to enhance food security, UNHCR would negotiate with local authorities who who allocate land for the returnees, UNHCR would support the returnees in providing tools for clearing the land, FAO would provide support in form of seeds, WFP would on the other hand provide initial food assistance as returnees wait to harvest their own crops, while UNICEF and agencies would do the drilling of boreholes. This was a true partnership-in-action. Being a professional in post war recovery and development, I would most of the time lead all the teams especially joint needs assessment times. I had earlier while working in Uganda together with UNHCR participated in the development of the Self-Reliance Strategy for the Sudanese refugees in northen Uganda. This strategy had borne signficant results of improving refugee-host community relations whereby refugees were for the first time even accepted in national service delivery systems just like nationals.
I really enjoyed working as a UNV and I belive the world should put more emphasis in supporting the UNV Programme.
About the author:
I am currently a Principal Officer (D-1) working with UNAMID having risen from a UNV to the rank of Director in the UN system.This is to inspire UNVs to continue working harder as hard work rewards since UNV work directly with the people.
Je voudrais juste partager mon experience dans les domaines (Recherche de solutions durables/Rapatriement des refugies) lors de ma premiere mission a Djibouti (2004-2007) avec le HCR et dans le domaine de la Logistique lors de ma 2eme mission au Rwanda avec le HCR (2008-2009).
En effet, en sommaire lors de ma mission a Djibouti ma contribution a ete: - Rapatriement de 17 000 personnes de djibouti vers la Somalilland,
- La relocalisation de 5000 personnes d'endroits differents au camp consolide (Ali addeh). En ce qui concerne la mission au Rwanda,
Appui logistique pour le fonctionnement de:
- Des operations du bureau HCR,
- Des operations de partenaires de mise en oeuvre
- Livraison de cargaison pour la construction et reconstruction des sites habritant les refugies, rapatries et deplaces internes,
- Livraison des biens domestiques dans les differents camps qui habritent des refugies,
- L'approvisionnement du carburant aux sites concernes pour le fonctionnement des operations,
- Planification des camions pour les activites des partenaires de mise en oeuvre,
- Le suivi des entretiens et reparations de engins lourds et legers pour le fonctionnement rationnel des activites des partenaires operationnels au benefice des refugies, rapatries et deplaces internes, etc,,,, Merci de votre attention Ousmane SOUARE,
Ancien VNU HCR Djibouti et Rwanda
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My Volunteering Experience in Nairobi, Kenya (An African City)
Kindly allow me to introduce myself. My names are Melchizedek Nyakundi Mokaya and I am a professional Social worker with additional community health and counseling training. I would like to begin my story by first thanking the organizers of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 in Brazil, to provide a forum for the volunteers to share their experiences. To begin with my first volunteer work dates back to January 2003 when I was a first year Bachelor of Science Degree student in St. Elizabeth University, Bratislava- Slovak Republic in Collaboration with Catholic University of Eastern African in Nairobi. For seven months I volunteered in Mary Immaculate clinic in Nairobi which is run by the Sisters of Mercy with an aim of providing free healthcare to the dwellers of the Mukuru slum community members. As a Volunteer I mainly helped with the Kiswahili to English translation and vice versa between the patients and the European Doctors. In total I put in 20 hours per week.
My second volunteering experience was in the Mathari Hospital in the same year in which I volunteered in the social work department. Mathari Hospital is the main teaching and referral psychiatry hospital in Kenya. During the period in which I was in this hospital I worked in the multidisciplinary team which involved doctors, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists and others. My role was to assess of the psychiatric patients who could not afford to pay for the medical expenses by taking into considerations on the ability of the family and the individual patient and conducting home visits in consultation with the hospital social worker. Such patient’s medical bills could later be waved upon the recommendation of the hospital social workers.
Being a social worker I have always tried to volunteer in areas that are relevant to my professional background. This is why after my volunteering work at Mathari hospital, I later joined Motherly Care Children’s home between June and July 2004, in which I got a chance to work with children in need of care and protection. In this home, I managed to care for the orphans and other children who had come from the poorest of the poor socio- economic background. The home provided the basic needs for these children along with supporting their education. My main roles in this home were counseling and updating the individual children social work files within the home. This experience came in very handy to me as it was also used it as the field Practicum for my Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and Community Health which I was undertaking at that time.
Later on as the time progressed, I thought of volunteering in a more challenging setting in which I would get an opportunity to apply both my social work and community health knowledge simultaneously and this is when I ended up joining GOAL – Kenya, which is an International humanitarian organization. GOAL- Kenya offered me an opportunity upon application to work in a Mobile Health Clinic, which, had an overall objective of working with children and youth in especially difficult circumstances in Nairobi, Kenya. During this time, I worked as a Volunteer Medical Social worker along with the project’s social worker between August 2004 and January, 2005. My main work was to conduct social Work activities for the Mobile Health Clinic Project, working as part of the team to ensure that social/psychological needs of the project beneficiaries were being addressed. I was also part of the community health workers education team. In addition, I participated in the formulation of the Mobile Health clinic project proposal. The main area in which I was actively involved in was the project objective formulation, the project logical framework and the work plan. I also participated in monthly project reporting for the social work department of the project. My additional input in this project was the facilitation of the patient’s referral to the hospital. This experience exposed me to the world of volunteering in an International Non- Governmental organization for the first time and I felt so fulfilled in my heart when I saw that my contribution together with others in terms of time and energy benefited thousands of children and youth in Nairobi. I was putting in 20 hours per week.
In April 20005 I submitted my application the Ministry of Home Affairs, of the children’s department of the government of Kenya. I got a favorable response and I was posted to Makadara Division as a Volunteer Children’s Officer (VCO) in which, I volunteered for two months with an input of 20 hours per week. My main duties were filling in case record sheets, working on the creative solutions and making interventions to meet the needs of children in crisis in consultation with the children’s officer. This experience enabled me to put my hands on experience in the implementation of the legislation which aims at protecting the children’s rights in Kenya.
I have also had a chance to volunteer my time in the African Population and Health Research in the Diabetic and hypertensive clinic Project which operates fortnightly by putting in about 24 hours on a fortnight basis between October, 2007 and September, 2011. During this time I served the Clinic as a Volunteer Team Leader in which part of my achievements are as follows:
• I spearheaded the formation of Viwandani Diabetic and hypertensive movement as an autonomous Community based organization with successful legal registration in March 2010.
• I organized the logistics of the clinics which include drugs, supplies and patient forms, mobilizing patients to minimize defaulting, patient counseling and assisting with patient management (e.g. taking weight, height, blood pressure) when necessary.
• I facilitated project sustainability through the patient’s minimal contribution scheme so as to purchase medicines and supplies at a low price, as well as coordinating with the Ministry of Medical Services through the city council Health facilities to provide free medical consultation for diabetic and hypertensive patients. Moreover, I have been a regular volunteer though with breaks in between for Ungango Tena Youth Organization since March, 2007 to date in which I currently serve as a volunteer Resource Mobilization advisor. I was also part of the team that was instrumental in the formation and legal registration of the Ungano Youth organization in Kenya as an autonomous Community Based Organization. The organization passes messages to the community focusing on health, social and general community development messages in Mukuru Slums of Nairobi mainly through theatre.
Author: Melchizedek Nyakundi Mokaya, MSc. (Social Work and Healthcare).
I can say my experience with children with different disabilities from 0-6 ages, because I work as Community Outreach Team Leader in Kishte Center-it is the reabilitation center in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. every days we face some difficulties with children, who are isolated from the society. we try to included them to the kindergarden and schools, but no all can be included to the schools and kindergarden. we prepare some volonteers for the children who not prevented their intelect. we have home visit where we advice parents how to work and prepare their children to Society. it with is too less but we begin our work here in Dushanbe.
I feel one must respond to the challenge of globalization to effectively reach out to as many people as possible, that instructed my decision to work as a Volunteer. Opening me to the world’s changes through the United Nations Volunteer programme allows me to compare and contrast their culture with the arts and technologies, language, beliefs, customs, philosophies, and ways of living of other people. By observing and questioning another culture, I can understand the origin of an individual’s viewpoints and become more sensitive to the cultural needs of that individual. By continually exposing myself to other cultures, I feel I can thoroughly develop this global perspective and devote my skills and ability. I establish and maintain productive partnerships with people by gaining their trust and respect, as well as to identify needs and match them to appropriate solutions. I possess the abilities to monitor ongoing developments inside and outside the community environments to keep informed and anticipate.
I am Victor Chinweze, a Nigerian. I served in the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor Leste from 2007 to 2011. The 2007 elections in Timor-Leste were very demanding on the UNMIT communications infrastructure and manpower. They entailed regular visits to the districts, driving through narrow, winding roads carved through the mountainous terrain of Timor-Leste carrying various bits of equipment to connect the electoral staff with the Mission’s communications network.
After the elections it became important to 'tidy-up' the entire system. I played an integral part in reassessing and optimizing the infrastructure. Again this meant continuous visits to the regions to effect system installations or recover equipment, devices and PABXs where they were less effective and put in different connections…
My work in UNMIT had been enriching culturally, professionally and exposing by my interaction with the host community. I participated in and identified with most community work and activities such as national days, carnivals, cultural/religious observations, environmental sanitation(clean-up) etc. This became facilitated by my ability to learn, speak and understand the local language(Tetum) and by so doing, developed greater trust and confidence with the host community. We all shared our hopes and aspirations, which I believe helped build trust, peace and tranquility, hence contributing in no small measure to the fulfillment of the mandate of the UN mission in Timor Leste. Prior to my UNV deployment, I worked in the area of ICT Services, office and business equipment sales and services in private companies in Nigeria. These exposed me to working without supervision within a given time frame to fully achieve a purpose built systems installations and networking. And that culminated in my participation in the Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) during 2002 as a UNV volunteer PABX System Technician. Being a UNV volunteer has accorded me the opportunity to lend a helping hand in places where human capital is needed. I am glad I have contributed my little quota to the betterment of places in crisis. I have always strived to make a difference and my volunteer experience has offered me these great opportunities to work towards a better humanity. I have been able to work and integrate into societies with diverse cultures and languages and have learnt the art of respect for the laws of the land and individuals, irrespective of class, gender, creed or country. I have also worked with different professionals from different parts of the world, which called for deep understanding and respect for one another. I have earned tremendous on-the-job experience and training, thus enhancing my professionalism in the field. Working as a volunteer has really taxed my capabilities, since targets have to be met, sometimes under tight schedules and difficult conditions. All the same it has always been a worthwhile experience to be part of the global effort towards peace and progress for all people.