04 December 2002
United Nations Volunteers (UNV) India and Gandhi Smriti - Darshan Samiti today held the "Volunteers Carnival" on the occasion of International Volunteer Day (IVD).
Among the highlights of the two-day event include a "Shramdaan" (volunteer work camp) at the Yamuna led by the "We for Yamuna", a group of students that urges people to keep the river Yamuna clean, the second most holy river in India next to Ganges.
More than 150 volunteers participated in river clean-up activities, performed street plays and informed people to help generate awareness on Yamuna’s level of pollution, its negative effect to the environment and to people’s health and livelihood.
This was followed by the "Colloquium on Volunteering Experiences" where some 100 volunteers and university students discussed the different aspects of volunteering such as volunteer motivation and strengthening intitatives through volunteering efforts and mobilization.
On the second day, 5 December, 32 volunteer-involved agencies put up information stalls to help promote volunteerism and volunteer work to the public. The guest of honour, Tashi Wangdi, Representative His Holiness the Dalai Lama, commended the voluntary spirit of the Indian people for assisting the poor and underprivileged in their country.
The Gandhi Smriti - Darshan Samiti is a government-supported organization that manages the National Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.