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13 January 2010
Rolling out the solar barrels in Kyrgyzstan 
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: UNV Kyrgyzstan brought together seven volunteers from the Peace Corps and three from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to learn about solar barrel heaters and how to construct them.   Read article
24 October 2008
UN committee approves new resolution on volunteerism 
The UN General Assembly meets on 6 October 2008. (UN photo)
New York, USA: A UN General Assembly committee has adopted a new UN resolution that calls on governments to mobilize support for volunteerism research and asks the UN system to integrate volunteerism into its programmes.  Read article
03 July 2006
Working together for social safety by The Japan Journal
In a society in which people are increasingly living solitary lives in modern cities, the safety and mutual aid of the village community is past. Amid mounting modern anxieties people are increasingly inclined to take responsibility for their own safety. This impulse is giving rise in Japan to voluntary efforts to prevent disaster and crime.  Read article
From: The New Nation, Bangladesh
More about: Activism
28 March 2006
Getting the word out  by Akino Yoshihara
Kyoto, Japan: How do you shout "Fire!" in Japanese? Knowing this could save your, and someone else's lives. A group of international student volunteers, through a community radio station, provides simple yet vital information used in emergencies to Japan's foreign community.   Read article
More about: Culture & sports
05 January 2006
Service for Peace celebrates IVD in 10 countries 
Service For Peace (SFP) held IVD activities in 10 countries involving more than 4,600 volunteers and participants worldwide. Here are summaries of the celebrations.  Read article


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Together, but apart at Japanese refugee centre 
The sign on the wall of the school hall that is now home to hundreds of Japan's tsunami homeless reads: "Let's all support each other. One for all and all for one."

The rescue centre at Daiichi middle school in Rikuzentakata is testament to that spirit of standing together in the face of an incomprehensible tragedy. Staffed by 21 volunteers, many of whom lost homes and family members themselves when the devastating power of the sea crashed into the city on Japan's northeast coast, it runs on hope and determination.

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Charity begins at home, not in Japan 
NICE (Never-ending International workCamps Exchange) 
NICE organizes for people from around the globe to work and live together in cooperative voluntary service work camps in Japan and Malaysia, where participants work directly with local communities for two to three weeks on various projects aimed at engaging communities and developing more sustainable practices.  Visit site

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Tree planting at the Lagud Village Learning Inn in Barangay Uhaj, Banaue. Eloisa Romero from JICA (wearing black, on the left) and Jephonie Himiwat (right) attend. (JICA)
16 July 2008, 05:45
A diploma for a rice cooker 
In the Philippines, two Japanese volunteers help send young Ifugao people to school and, in the process, learn to cook rice without a rice cooker...

Jephonie Himmiwat is an Ifugao, one of the indigenous people in the northern Philippines. Her people and their land are inseparable, thus both are called by the same name, Ifugao. 

In Japan, two women enjoyed a very different upbringing. Twenty-three-year-old Kiyoko Okamoto spent four years as staff at the Mister Donut chain while she was studying international economics in the city of Fukuoka. Thirty-year-old Kozue Kamijo worked part-time in a restaurant while attending a business school in the Japanese capital.

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