07 December 2002
Several international volunteer agencies in Sri Lanka organized workshops on volunteerism in relation to human rights, conflict resolution, peace process and mental health as part of celebrations for the International Volunteer Day (IVD).
Volunteers from the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), Korea International
Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the UK-based Project Trust, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) lined-up a range of other activities as part of the IVD festivities on 7 December.
The event started with a gathering of 150 international and local volunteer workers from various agencies where they performed musical numbers and held "Voices from the Field" -- a forum for sharing their volunteering experiences.
The rest of the day, the volunteer workers devoted their efforts to several community projects. Volunteers from JOCV, KOICA and UNV visited an orphanage, the Sukitha Home - Kalutara, for mentally challenged children. The Home caters to the special needs of more than 70 children and has its own hostel and school.
The group taught the children Origami, or the art of paper folding, dug pits for proper garbage disposal, cleared the playground and the main building. UNV donated artworks materials for the children.
The celebrations were concluded with "V Breeze 2002", where the volunteers held dance competitions and drew raffle prizes.