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29 March 2011
Volunteerism need of the hour by Nethali Struys
The major initiative of International Year of Volunteers, the IYV+10 steering Committee, the Volunteer Forum commenced on Friday at the Galle Face Hotel under the motto "Celebrating the Great Diversity of Volunteers in Sri Lanka".

The event brought together around a group of 150 participants including a range of stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, youth organizations, academia and government, to network inspire, to inspire and foster a national dialogue towards strengthening the volunteerism spirit and actions in Sri Lanka.

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From: Daily News, Sri Lanka
More about: Advocacy
12 March 2011
Focus: ‘V’ for ‘Visibility’ in Sri Lanka by Sonia Josserand Mercier, UNV Programme Officer, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka: In Sri Lanka, efforts are underway to ensure the International Year of Volunteers +10 gets all the visibility needed - from online to the cricket creaseline...  Read article
More about: Advocacy
03 February 2009
A blaze of colour for IVD in Sri Lanka 
(Sanjeeva De Silva)
Colombo, Sri Lanka: On 10 December 2008, a group of artists from Theatre Y performed for the very first time in Sri Lanka as part of the International Volunteer Day celebrations organized by UNV in Sri Lanka.  Read article
09 October 2008
Volunteerism in an aging society by VOICE
Colombo, Sri Lanka: This brief provides a conceptual framework to link Volunteerism for Development with a series of aging-related issues. Volunteerism can foster elders' empowerment, aiding intergenerational solidarity. The document also looks back over the Sri Lanka Elders' Committees and the work of the HelpAge voluntary home care programme, with recommendations for future policy.  Read article
03 January 2008
Medical volunteers help Sri Lanka restore health care by Faiza Elmasry
On December 26, 2004, a tsunami devastated Sri Lanka, claiming nearly 40,000 lives and displacing one million people. In the southern province of the country, the costal children hospital was destroyed and many nurses died in the tragedy. Three years later, much rebuilding remains to be done. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, efforts are underway not just to rebuild this hospital, but also to bring in modern technology, train medical staff and renovate Sri Lanka's health care system.  Read article
From: Voice of America
More about: Health


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Desire to make a difference 
Enthusiasm rarely seems to be in short supply around this group – this year volunteers will rescue puppies, leave their homes to teach children in another country, clean up kilos of plastic, teach simple skills, erect houses and work in hospitals (among many, many other things) and they’ll do it all with no strings attached.  Visit site
Bringing together volunteers in Sri Lanka 
UNV Sri Lanka Programme Officer Sarah Gleave says that some feel that volunteerism is becoming less important due to factors such as globalisation, but UNV sees it becoming increasingly important in this day and age.

"People are looking for ways to be more connected with their communities... In Sri Lanka volunteerism is embedded to the system," she says.

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Volunteerism for human development and peace-building 
Globally, volunteerism contributes to many areas of human development and peace-building. Volunteerism can be the ideal link between global and local: volunteers may have experience of doing things in different ways, with different approaches, and commit themselves to transferring this information in a way that is beneficial to the people whom they serve.  Visit site

Related blog entries
21 December 2006, 11:13
From blood donation to tree planting, Sri Lanka celebrates IVD 
The IVD celebrations were held in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, with activities including country wide tree plantation, bicycle race,  and clean-up drives.  Read entry

01 November 2006, 14:29
Working towards peace in Sri Lanka 
In Sri Lanka, agencies are organizing exciting events to promote peace and volunteering and the achievement of MDGs.   Read entry
From: IVD 2006 Blog