Mobilizing volunteers for peace and development in Eastern Ukraine

Dec 5, 2016

On the occasion of International Volunteer Day on December 5th, UN Development Programme in Ukraine partnered with UN Volunteers, to promote volunteerism and mobilize local communities to strengthen peace and development in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Kramatorsk | Sievierodonetsk – On the occasion of International Volunteer Day, UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine, in partnership with UN Volunteers, and with funding from the EU, Sweden and Swiss Confederation, organized workshops for volunteers and NGOs in two important administrative centers of Donbas – Kramatorsk and Sievierodonetsk – bringing together some 100 activists, young girls and boys, and NGOs in need to engage volunteers in their activities.

The workshops connected current and wannabe volunteers with organizations that want to engage volunteers in their activities around interactive training sessions, discussions, movie screening, and an NGO fair. The two workshops also raised awareness of the various forms of volunteering, enhanced the potential involvement of young girls and boys from Donbas in the life of their communities, and enabled local NGOs to effectively engage volunteers in their peace and development work.

“When young people volunteer, they gain valuable life and job experiences; they strengthen their capacity to lead and they contribute to their local communities and society at large,” says Kunal Dhar, UNDP Recovery and Stabilization Advisor and Head of Project Office in Ukraine.

“Young people are true agents of change in Ukraine, and I encourage local and international volunteers working in Eastern Ukraine to make a difference in the peace and development efforts of the region. UNDP remains committed to mobilizing and empowering civil society and promoting volunteerism.”

Join this year’s International Volunteer Day’s theme #GlobalApplause to support volunteers in Ukraine and worldwide and recognize their work in promoting peace and sustainable development through social media engagement.

International Volunteer Day on December 5th was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organizations, to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities.

 

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