15 December 2006
On International Volunteer Day, four volunteer involving organizations celebrate the day together to provide due recognition of the power of volunteers and their contributions and further promote volunteerism in Pakistan.
The theme of this year is “Volunteers bring a change,” as a hope of four organizations – National Volunteer Movement (NVM), National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme – that more and more Pakistani women and men will start volunteering and making differences.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed his “sincere gratitude to all men and women who share their skills and talents with the world, and hope that many more will follow their example” in his last message on IVD as Secretary-General.
National Volunteer Movement (NVM) is hosting a photo exhibition in its premises on 5 December to show vividness of volunteers in action and to raise awareness of volunteers’ contribution to general public. NVM was established by the Government on 1 November 2005 after the earthquake to provide a platform for public participation in community building and create a ready pool of individuals that can be mass mobilized to act swiftly and effectively in natural and man-made disaster. NVM is launching the Clean Pakistan Campaign on 10 December in Lahore and going to start in other cities in 2007.
National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) works to promote human development in Pakistan since 2002. NCHD works to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals particularly related to primary education and health care through the participation of volunteers. NCHD has mobilized a national Volunteer Corps of 125,000 volunteers across Pakistan.