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01 December 2008  - 05 December 2008
Uganda - IVD events

This year, IVD commemorations in Uganda bring together several interested organizations in a range of activities that contribute to economic and social development at national and community level. The theme of IVD 2008 is 'Get involved: Volunteer to Make a Positive Difference', which will cover the entire week’s activities running from 1 to 5 December 2008. (See attached document for more details).

The main activity will be the renovation of Jellife Ward 16, Children’s Ward at Mulago Hospital from 3-5 December 2008. There will be other activities throughout the week:

  • 1 December: World AIDS Day – volunteers will join in activities planned by partner organizations involved in HIV/AIDS activities including the Ministry of Health and other Government bodies in respective districts and duty stations;
  • 3 December: International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) – once again, volunteers will join in activities planned by partner organizations working with or promoting the plight of People with Disability that should include government bodies in respective districts and duty stations;

5 December:

  • Volunteers will start off with a procession from the City Centre (Constitutional Square) led by a children’s band through the main street, Makerere University (Wandegeya area) to Mulago Hospital where the main activity of renovating Jellife Ward 16 shall be undertaken for about three hours as part of finishing off what shall have been undertaken in course of the week;
  • In the evening, participating volunteer-involving organisations shall be provided with space to showcase visual works of volunteers and share information on volunteerism with interested individuals or parties in one of the Kampala City’s hotels;
  • After the exhibition, the day’s activities will culminate with attendance of a Volunteers Cocktail Party that shall be hosted in the same venue.  Guests from Government, diplomatic missions, UN agencies, development partners, academic institutions, civil society, the corporate and private sector, volunteer-involving and community-based organizations and individual volunteers, amongst others shall be invited to get first-hand information and recognise the contribution of volunteers;
  • Speeches and recognitions of volunteerism shall be made at the Volunteers Cocktail Party and eventually presentation of Volunteer of the Year Awards (VOYA) to individual national and international volunteers as well as volunteer-involving organizations based at the community level;
  • A supplementary detailing volunteers' work will run in the newspaper with the biggest readership countrywide.