20 November 2003
United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Kyrgyztan started a week-long International Volunteer Day (IVD) celebration on 30 November by recognizing young volunteers and activities of volunteer-involving organizations that assist socially excluded children in the capital Bishkek.
The event took place at the Kyrgyz National Boarding School for visually-impaired children led by the volunteer group I Feel the World (IFW). Almost 100 people including children and caretakers from the school, mothers, orphaned children and volunteers from other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) enjoyed a tea party, performances by IFW children and to recognize active volunteers. In addition to 12 volunteers from six different groups, ten young volunteers from IFW children were also given a special recognition with a certificate and a gift for their voluntary assistance to the Sunday Club.
On 5 December, UN Volunteers Program organized a workshop with all UN Volunteers serving in Kyrgyz Republic, 43 in total, to collect good stories from their projects focusing on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through volunteerism and social mobilization.
The workshop started with the opening speech of Jerzy Skuratowicz, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, highlighting the importance of volunteerism in economic and social development. He stated that UN Volunteers have played a crucial role, through the UNDP programs and in promoting volunteerism among local communities. He adds that volunteers are pivotal in changing attitudes, encouraging concrete action and together with local volunteers and local municipalities producing highly concrete results such as decent schools, clean drinking water, jobs and increased incomes for households.
On 19 December, BURANA, a volunteer group held a fundraising concert at Bishkek Humanities University for the children of Chui Orphanage Boarding School located near Tokmok.
BURANA, teaches children between ages 13 and 14 livelihood skills. The fundraising was supported by the faculty. With funds from the concert, BURANA plans to take their children to the circus, zoology museum and Bishkek Humanities University.