Being a volunteer has been an awesome experience for me. Disorder to take it further and reach out to as many as I can, I have started a blog, www.sociotectonic.blogspot.com. It focuses on social works and seeks to create awareness in societal issues. Let us keep doing our best to see a better society. More importantly, I would like encourage us to get men committed to saying no to violence and discrimination against women and girls.
Turning tools of war into tools of assistance
Everything started as some of our volunteers turned their childhood dream of becoming firefighters into reality. They collected their first experiences through local voluntary firefighter brigades, later integrating their passion for special vehicles to develop a fleet of special vehicles able to transport rescue units and equipment into difficult to access disaster zones. We started turning military tanks into rescue vehicles, using them to extinguish forest fires, break ice on frozen rivers to save villages from flooding, evacuate people from flooded communities and much more.. These unique vehicles are adapted to use in rescue operations and are able to master muddy or flooded terrain, as well as sand. New ideas for their tunning and upgrades pop up constantly as we gather more experience in missions. The scale of our activities thus encompasses renovation and refurbishment of old military vehicles, trucks and tanks into modern rescue tools, but also supporting surrounding communities in becoming more resilient to disasters and teaching children how to protect themselves and their loved ones in emergencies. We train our units and exercise our modules alongside other professional and voluntary rescue services in order to be able to effectively support intervention in emergencies with unique and unmatched resources, enhancing the mobility of rescue units, the accessiblity of their services and the effectiveness of their intervention. The core mission of our voluntary association is to protect lives, health and property in emergencies. More info about us at www.dhztt.sk :)
Shahid Kazmi (born April 5th, 1992 in a lush green valley of Shalozan at Parachinar, the most ignorant and backward area of Pakistan namely FATA) has been involved in volunteerism, human rights & youth activism indirectly and directly since the late 2007, working with various local and International Human Rights & Youth Organizations with envision a world where all human rights of all people are equally respected, fully protected and universally realized.
Included in this vision is a world where all young people – regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, class, gender or other differences are encouraged and empowered to non-violently claim their own rights and serve as advocates for the rights of others.
I dedicated to Empowering Youth from around the World to work together cross-culturally not only with each other but also with civil society organizations and policy makers to advance the use of the human rights framework as a tool for social change and to ensure that all human rights are fulfilled for all people.
Moreover I have represented FATA/KPK in all forums across the Pakistan and raised the issues/problems of youth and voice for my troubled community and needy people suffered from so called war against terrorism, militancy and extremism.
My area of interest are Human Rights, Volunteerism, Social Works, Social Justice, Gender Equality, Youth Empowerment, Child Lab our, Child Beggars, Charity Work, Female Education.
Celebrating IVD via Child Spacing Awareness Creation in Aweil-South Sudan.
Written by IUNV Midwife Elizabeth Walumbe/UNFPA.
Having worked at Aweil State Hospital/Northern Bahr El Ghazal State of South Sudan for the past one year and above, the two International UN Volunteer Midwives Zeena Abdalla and Elizabeth Walumbe had noted with a lot of concern, the great gap in child spacing awareness and utilization of the available FP services. Hence, when the IVD day approached, the two midwives decided to take the lead and celebrate the day by creating awareness of Aweil communities to Child Spacing issues including the history, importance, local myths, available methods, among others. This was a big achievement as it marked the official launching of Child Spacing / Family planning in Northern Bahr El Ghazal State, by the Hospital Director, Dr. Garang Thomas Dhel in liaison with the State MOH Reproductive Health Officer Dominic Deng Tem.
A total of 165 pregnant women; one lactating mother and her infant; 10 men and 20 + ANC Clinic and hospital personnel (two being from MSF France) participated in the captivating celebrations.
Below were the available Child spacing/Family planning methods discussed and displayed
· Female and male condoms;
· Injectables-Depo Provera;
· Assorted oral pills (Combined oral pills, Progestin only pills and emergency pills);
· Implants (Norplant),
· intrauterine devices (Copper T 380A);
· Tubal ligation/vasectomy.
This achievement was made possible by the close liaison with Aweil state hospital administrators, State MOH especially the Office of the Director General, State Reproductive Health Officer, UNDP State Coordinator; UNMISS RRP–RCO; UNOCHA, WFP, the ANC Clinic clients and the entire clinic staff.
The spirit of volunteering must be applauded and encouraged as it played a great role in initiating and implementing the successful awareness creation.
Do to lack of plannig on my part, as the president of an elementary school Parent-Teacher Association, I just sent out a broadcast email to parents and teachers wishing them a happy International Volunteer Day, thanking them for their service, and letting them know their actions are appreciated and valued.
We are volunteers from ICMBio in Fernando de Noronha/PE - Brazil celebrating the world's care with Nature and actions in preservation.
Some years ago I volunteered as a national civil servant in an anti-violence centre for a year. Now, after a couple of years as UNHCR consultant, I am hopefully on the way to become a UN Volunteer in Haiti! I will stand again on the side of the most vulnerable: women and children!!
How about you?!?
Homelessness in the UK, in a western country, is something I can do my bit to change in a tiny way. Every year I volunteer at CAC; Crisis at Christmas for Crisis the single persons homeless charity in London. Although the centres offer medical care, clothes, food and company for 8 days we also offer help throughout the year and at Christmas we can start the referrals system to help many homeless people get off the streets, onto courses and eventually back to work.
I will be giving up my Christmas to manage a team of volunteers provide out guests with courses, Internet, writing, reading, arts & crafts, games and a listening ear.
See http://www.crisis.org.uk, http://www.crisis.org.uk/pages/christmas.html and www.nosecondnightout.org.uk (Severe Weather Emergency Protocol) SWEP was activated today, councils have a duty of care when 3 consecutive days of below zero are forecast for local authorities to house all rough sleepers. I couldn't sleep rough in 15 degrees let along zero.
I'm not dreaming of a White Christmas.
Udbastu Foundation has a countrywide volunteer forum. We are proud to announce that we have more than 700 dedicated volunteers! And its increasing by an increasing rate...... We have celebrated IVD-2012 some what differently by observing World Aids Day-2012 through a Human Chain & Walk-A-Thon. For further details about the event please visit www.udbastufoundation.org or find us on www.facebook.com/udbastufoundation