Uniquely celebrating volunteerism
22 December 2008
This year, one UNV volunteer found a truly unique way to celebrate volunteerism. For UNV volunteer Charles Nnoko Mbibi and his wife there was no better way to welcome the birth of their baby daughter on 5 December 2008 than by naming their beautiful daughter, "Caira Volontario". Charles and his wife are from Cameroon and he explained the Cameroonian tradition of giving a unique name to a child born on a special day. Baby naming traditions are a universal expression of joy that welcome newborn infants into a family and community.
Charles has served as a committed UNV volunteer since 2005 and is currently serving in the Côte d’Ivoire region of San Pedro and Bouake where he is an Electoral Advisor. When his second daughter was born on IVD this year, he and his wife agreed that the baby’s name should be linked to the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and a life-long celebration of the joy of volunteerism.