Sierra Leone IVD celebration highlights refugees' voluntary contribution
21 November 2003
Kissy Town: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme will take the lead in marking the International Volunteer Day (IVD) in Sierra Leone with the theme, "Volunteering for agreeable Integration".
Kissy Town, formerly known as the Waterloo refugee camp, became host to 577 Liberian refugees after an agreement was reached between United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Sierra Leone government. This year’s IVD will highlight how the Liberian refugees, through volunteerism, can contribute to the development of the town. Hence, together with the locals, the Liberian refugees and UN Volunteers will work hand in hand in rehabilitating and beautifying the Kissy Town settlement.
Prior to IVD, there will be a clean up campaign of the town’s playground. The National Commission for Social Activities (NaCSA) will donate two trucks of sand for ground improvement works. Volunteers will construct and set up playground devices. As well, they will reconstruct the volleyball court of the town.
On 5 December, the volunteers will begin beautification works like gardening and painting of the Kissy town settlement compound. The Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA) will donate plants and provide technical assistance in improving the town. Houses in the area will be fumigated and clothes will be distributed to the public. After which, there will be a volleyball match between UN Volunteers and the youth. To end the Day, the volunteers will gather to celebrate in a party in the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) staff welfare’s club.