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16 August 2011
Editorial: Humanitarian volunteers: making change happen 
Bonn, Germany: Whenever our televisions show distressing scenes of war, famine or disaster, inevitably we ask ourselves: “What can we do to help?” It’s the kind of question that makes us human, and many people do go the extra mile and act.  Read article
More about: Somalia  Peacekeeping  Refugees
21 May 2011
Cultures of safety: "Volunteers essential" by Jacinda Fairholm
Delegates at the 3rd Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, 10-13 May, 2011. (UNV)
Geneva, Switzerland: Community volunteers are essential in building cultures of safety, solidarity and ownership, said delegates at a recent conference on disaster risk.  Read article
01 January 2009
A host of events in Brazil 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: In Brazil, events in four major cities marked both International Volunteer Day and a volunteer week. Organizations and key people from across Brazilian society got involved: there were more than 70 partners; 200,000 e-mails were sent and 1,900 volunteers in 337 cities participated in at least one of the 50 volunteer assignments linked to the volunteer week.  Read article
More about: Brazil  Civil society
23 May 2008
Earthquake Diary: 23 May by Liu Lei
Mianyang, Sichuan province, China: In order to make the best use of the IFRC tents, we negotiate with the Mianyang Red Cross that all family tents will only be used by hospitals and schools; small tents go to individual refugees. According to the plan, together with the regional health delegate UNV will help track the usage and operate an inspection to avoid abuse of the system.  Read article
More about: China  Refugees
26 February 2008
California creates cabinet post to manage volunteers by Jennifer Steinhauer
California, USA: Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger is creating a cabinet-level office for volunteer management, the first such state cabinet position in USA.  Read article
From: New York Times, USA
More about: United States  Management


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Together, but apart at Japanese refugee centre 
The sign on the wall of the school hall that is now home to hundreds of Japan's tsunami homeless reads: "Let's all support each other. One for all and all for one."

The rescue centre at Daiichi middle school in Rikuzentakata is testament to that spirit of standing together in the face of an incomprehensible tragedy. Staffed by 21 volunteers, many of whom lost homes and family members themselves when the devastating power of the sea crashed into the city on Japan's northeast coast, it runs on hope and determination.

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Charity begins at home, not in Japan 
Children Welfare Concern Society (CWCS) 
Children Welfare Concern Society (CWCS) aims at preserving the children and their rights, children who have been suffering from natural disaster or conflict, lost their parents or live in poverty. The organization's focus is on the children’s rehabilitation and education, as well as on women's empowerment.   Visit site

Related blog entries
Children in the Sichuan earthquake zone make the best of living in temporary accommodation. (L. Liu/UNV)
02 June 2008, 23:06
Earthquake Diary: 1 June 
Sunday is International Children's Day, and this year people around China have one common concern: children in the earthquake-hit regions. We know that many children suffered in the devastating quake but there are still many of them who survived, and they are eager to get back to study and playing with their friends. Children are the most vulnerable group in our community and much attention needs to be paid on them.  Read entry

Lacking adequate sanitation and water, people in the Sichuan earthquake zone dig wells. (L.Liu/UNV)
02 June 2008, 22:56
Earthquake Diary: 30 May 
The best way to prevent epidemics in quake affected areas is to guarantee the safety of drinking water and the treatment of waste. IFRC has paid much attention to that and sent a health delegation to follow it up. Today I will go with the British ERU to Jiulong and Banqiao Townships of Mianzhu City, which were destroyed by the tremor, to investigate where to locate the water purification system and set up mobile toilets in order to ensure sanitation.  Read entry