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Refugees from Myanmar pose as they wait to perform during celebrations to mark "World Refugee Day" in New Delhi June 20, 2007. (REUTERS/Tanushree Punwani (INDIA)
Today, some 40 million people worldwide are uprooted by violence and persecution. They do not just flee persecution and war, but also injustice, exclusion, environmental pressures, competition for scarce resources and the miseries caused by dysfunctional states. The task facing the international community and volunteers, is to understand this new environment and to find ways to unlock the potential of refugees who have much to offer if they are given the opportunity to regain control over their lives.

We are highlighting how volunteers are assisting refugees integrate in their adopted countries, find jobs and become volunteers themselves.

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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
17 February 2010
La JIV célébrée avec les réfugiés de Djibouti  
Les élèves de l’école venus assister à la remise des prix. (Programme VNU)
Djibouti: La Journée internationale des Volontaires (JIV) a eu pour thème en 2009 « Volontaires en faveur de notre planète » pour promouvoir l’aboutissement de laConférence de Copenhague sur le Changement Climatique du 7 décembre 2009 à un accord mondial pour donner une réponse adéquate à ce phénomène menaçant, dont les effets néfastes se manifestent déjà, et ce surtout dans les pays les plus pauvres.   Read article
More about: Djibouti  Environment
13 February 2009
Volunteering to protect children in Thailand 
Mae La camp, Tak Province, Thailand: Volunteers from a number of organizations teamed together to help vulnerable children in Thailand.  Read article
More about: Thailand  Children
03 February 2009
IVD with the underprivileged in Nepal 
Kathmandu, Jhapa and Damak, Nepal: As well as a street cleaning campaign, UNV cooperated with UNESCO and local NGOs in Kathmandu to distribute books to orphan children. There were also events in the Bhutanese refugee camps of eastern Nepal.  Read article
More about: Nepal  Children
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  Emergency relief


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Volunteer Aid Nepal (VAID NEPAL) 
Volunteer Aid Nepal (VAID NEPAL) os a non-government, non-profit development organization, focusing its activities on the progress of disadvantaged, marginaliyed and poorly educated people in Nepal. By organizing local resources, VAID NEPAL functions as facilitator for sustainable development.  Visit site
Educational Support Tibet (ES-Tibet) is a non-profit organisation, that offers Tibetan refugees in India opportunities for a professional education. The Tibetan Exile Government offers a five year education for refugees in Tibetan Transit Schools (TTS). ES-Tibet carefully selects TTS-students to educate them further for two years in English, Computer Skills and Chinese. Furthermore, the organiyation promotes the independency of Tibetans with professional and personal training and thus makes an important contribution to the preservation and development of the traditional Tibetan culture.  Visit site
Aviation Sans Frontières volunteers ease air journey for refugees 
The France-based Aviation Sans Frontières (ASF) charity is assisting in one of the biggest resettlement programmes in the world, but its staff will not be piloting repatriation flights but joining them as passengers. ASF received an overwhelming response when it issued a call recently for volunteers to physically escort groups of 30-35 of these refugees as they are taken by air from Kathmandu to Brussels.  Visit site

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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