Surrey Canoe Club is a charitable award winning organisation delivering projects in Surrey and South West London, United Kingdom. Our 3 Volunteer Trustees work together with 5 Volunteer Coaches and 16 volunteer members. The club’s aim is to give our members and partner organisations the best available opportunity to achieve their potential. The club has provided free of charge activities and personal development courses for people with physical and learning disabilities, youth who are not in education, training or employment, the socially isolated and the seniors. Albert Donovan, our Founder , a multi-award winner Coach is running a free of charge Coach Mentoring Scheme . He has written resources for coaches who wish to coach people with specific learning difficulties such as “Unlocking the Potential of the Dyslexic Paddler” and support resources for the British Canoe Union Star Awards.

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This year UN Volunteers in Sri Lanka organize a Volunteer Fair to celebrate International Volunteer Day. Highlighting the theme of IVD 2015, it aims to understand how different Volunteer Involving Organizations have integrated the global goals to their upcoming projects. It will also provide a platform to explore opportunities on how VIOs can form partnerships to create new spaces of interaction between themselves, government institutes and society to achieve the SDGs, The Volunteer Fair will include : "Volunteer Voices" - where volunteers of different Volunteer Involving Organizations (VIOs) will share their inspirational stories Participants will get the chance to explore volunteering opportunities with different VIOs There will also be interactive activities organized by VIOs. The Volunteer Fair will be held on 5th of December in Colombo.

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my contribution in my society,to help the street children in education,reading culture,develop talents@Caritas Kigali#IVD2015SELFIE

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quiero ser una voz, para los que no la tienen.
quiero poder ayudar a demostrar que todos somos solidarios

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India Youth for Society [IYFS], along with local youth groups and students, has planned a cleaning activity, a meeting of sharing and a walk during Dec 4-6 2015 in Visakhapatnam

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This is Md. Ashrafur Rahman, working with UNFPA in Jamalpur district of Bangladesh as National UN Youth Volunteer. I am engaging adolescent and youth to raise their voice against sexual and gender based violence and motivating them to volunteer for their community. I took this selfie with a student network (a volunteer student group) of a secondary school where they are busy with their monthly meeting.

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We engage youth hrough creating awareness on the new SDGs to 253 VSO Jitolee return volunteers and youth in Mombasa, Kenya!

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This report documents the activities of IVD 2014 in Lesotho, focusing on local participation of youth and volunteers involving organizations (VIOs) in the Kingdom. The report highlights the on the key issues of partnerships and local participation through youth groups and youth-focused VIOs operating at local levels in the country.
Preliminary planning for IVD 2014 was initiated and begun as early as during the process of developing the Annual Work Plan for 2014, when IVD was mentioned as a key component of the 2014 work plan and budget. However, the actual planning of activities for the celebrations started at about September 2014, with series of preliminary meetings with few VIOs in Lesotho. Initially, UNV Lesotho engaged the collaboration of seven youth-focused VIOs, including the National Volunteer Corps (NVC), the volunteer agency of government, administered by the Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation. The other organizations included: Rise Up Youth Organization, Campaign for Education Forum, Lesotho Best Models, Supreme Talents Agency, Lesotho Work Camp, SENTEBALE (The Princes’ Trust), LNFOD (disabled people agency), Lesotho Dance Association. These organizations were each represented on the planning committee by a volunteer or two or more volunteers.
The Term of Reference of the planning committee included the identification and development of programme activities for the IVD, identification of venues and participants for the activities and scheduling of activities leading the main celebrations on 5 December 2014. The Planning committee was chaired by the National volunteer Corps and co-chaired by two other VIOs, with UNV serving as a mentor. Upon Request, two UN agencies provided resource/material supports to aspect of the IVD 2014. The United Nations Population Agency (UNFPA) supported the organization and hosting of a one-day Youth Sports Tournament in Mohale’s Hoek District, while and United Nations Agency on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) provided support to the main celebrations day of IVD 2014 on 5 December in Maseru. The two UN agencies also added components to the activities of each event, to include awareness raising on life skills development for young Basotho. Though several activities were initially suggested to be included into the events leading to the main celebrations day on 5 December, however, due to logistics and resource limitations, the listing of activities was later modified to include the following events, which were successfully executed as parts of IVD 2014. As part of the celebrations of IVD 2014, UNV conducted series of activities leading to 5 December, the official day for the IVD celebrations. The IVD team selected 6 of the Lesotho’s 10 districts to conduct 3 different activities: namely, community youth sports tournament, community services to older people/old folks’ homes, and youth debates on volunteerism and its benefits for economic development.
A community youth sports tournament was held in Mohale’s Hoek in mid-November. The tournament involved seven youth sports teams: six male soccer teams, 3 female soccer teams and 2 female volleyball teams. Approximately 300 persons attended the tournament, and UNV and its partners endeavoured to reach everyone in attendance to participate in the offline My World Survey activities. Most people in attendance were students. The tournament was organized in collaboration with a local youth group and few community schools. Prizes for the participants were provided by UNFPA. The Prizes included sport kits, each containing sports (soccer and volleyball jerseys), balls, socks, and other soccer or volleyball equipment. UNV conducted a one day community service to old folks’ homes in Thaba Tseka as part of the IVD 2014. UNV and partners VIOs engaged the collaboration of a nursing college and technical institute to conduct the community activities at the homes of 6 very old ladies (ages 85 – 89). Students from the nursing college and UN volunteers and other VIOs conducted such activities as general clean-up of the residences of the old people (sweeping and cleaning), washing of dirty clothes and household utensils/dishes, resetting of household furniture, etc. Students from the Thaba Tseka Technical Institute carried out such activities as painting of walls and doors, repairs of super structure and roofing Students from 5 high schools in Botha Bothe District participated in a youth debate on volunteerism and its benefits to national economic development of Lesotho. The schools participating in the debate included St Paul High School, Soofia English Medium and High School, Likila High School, etc. The debate was not a competition with winners. Every student taking part in the debate received prizes of a certificate of participation and a medal. Two students who performed exceptionally well in the debate received an additional gold medal for their extra-ordinary performances. All certificates and medals were provided by UNV Lesotho. In attendance at the debate were the teachers of all participating schools, and the district education officer of Botha Bothe District Mr. Mosiuoa Moshoeshoe, and the youth development officer of the district. UNV also provided refreshment for all participants and spectators at the debate. The official celebrations of IVD 2014 in Lesotho took place on 5 December in Maseru. IVD 2014 planning team invited senior government officials to make statements on volunteerism at the programme. Those invited included Her Majesty The Queen of Lesotho, the Ministers of Gender/Youth, Health, and Social Development.
The programme kicked up in the morning with a parade (‘Fund Walk’) from the Sesotho National stadium to the Conference Room (Theatre) of the Ministry of Health. VIOs and youth groups and students who participated in various IVD activities participated in the March. Students and youth were transported from few districts to participate in the parade, as well as NVC volunteers assigned in various host organizations around Maseru and environs.
The parade was followed by an indoor programme, involving various activities, including a speech by the Minister of Health, who spoke on the benefits of volunteerism on the health of the person..
The Resident Coordinator of UN Lesotho, Ms. Karla Hershey spoke on Volunteerism and Gender-Based Violence, and their impacts on national development. Other speaking were representatives of the Minister of Gender and Youth, and the Minister of Social Development.
Highlights of the programme included a panel discussion on the “double Jeopardy” of HIV/AIDS and Gender-Based Violence on Lesotho Development. This portion of the programme was facilitated in collaboration with a team from UNDP and UNAIDS as part of the 16 Days of Activism. The discussions were facilitated by UNAIDS and included panellists from UNV, UNDP and the Ministry of Gender.
Other highlights included a cultural performance on Gender-Based Violence and Violence against Women by a youth group based in Maseru. Every activity of the IVD 2014 in Lesotho was accompanied by a conduct of the My World Survey. A segment of each activity included awareness on the Post-2015 agenda and the conduct of the UN global survey on the world we want.
Other topics for awareness raising at these activities included volunteerism for peace and development, GBV, human rights, and gender equality. 1, 2All photos posted in this document can be credited to Cooper Mykers, UNV Programme Officer, Lesotho.

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UNV Lesotho celebrates IVD 2014 with series of programmes and activities. Some activities were held few weeks leading to 5 December. UNV Lesotho conducted these activities in collaboration with nine Volunteers Involving Organizations (VIOs) and community youth groups, students of community colleges and technical institutes.
On 8 November, the IVD 2014 team organized a one-day youth sports tournament in Mohale’s District, involving six male soccer teams, 3 female soccer teams and 2 female volleyball teams. Each participating team received set of jerseys and other sporting equipment from UNV. Participating schools included the St. Patrick’s High School, Likuena High School, and few community-based youth teams
On 14 November, the IVD 2014 organized a one-day community services in Thaba Tseka District. Students from Paray Nursing College and the Thaba Tseka Technical Institute participated in the community services, along-side volunteers from UNV and other VIOs. The volunteers visited homes of 6 very old ladies (85 – 90 years old) and conducted such activities as clean-up of their homes, washing their clothes and dishes, painting the interior and doors of their houses, minor repairs of the walls, windows and roofs of the houses, including replacements of timbers and roofing sheets.
On 26 November, the IVD 2014 team also a organized a youth debate in Botha Bothe District, involving 11 students from 5 primary and high schools. The debate was on the ‘Volunteerism and Economic Development of Lesotho; is it beneficial”. Each student participating in the debate received a certificate of participation and a medal from UNV. Schools participating in the debate included St. Paul High School, Soofia High School, Likila High School, Raman English Medium School and Linokong High School.
On 5 December, were the main celebrations of IVD 2014, in Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho. The celebrations started with a “Fun Walk” (parade/march) from the Sesotho National Stadium to the Building of the Ministry of Health, where the indoor programme was held. Those marching included volunteers from about 9 Volunteerism Involving organizations in Lesotho, and young people from other youth groups. The Indoor programme included speeches by the Honorable Minister of Health, the Resident Coordinator of UN systems in Lesotho, Madam Karla Hershey, the UNV Programme Officer for Lesotho Mr. Cooper Mykers, representatives from the Ministries of Youth, Social Development, and volunteers from various VIOs, etc. All speeches were centred around the IVD 2014 Theme and Slogan. The programme also featured cultural performances, role play and a panel discussion on Gender-Based Violence in Lesotho, as part of the celebration of the 16 Days of Activism 2014.
All IVD 2014 activities in Lesotho, leading up to and including the 5 December celebrations, were conducted with the My Survey as an integral part. At every event, participating youth and attendees were requested to participate in the survey, after a moment of brief awareness on the My World Survey and the Post-2105 Agenda. More than 1000 votes were collected.
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