13 December 2007
December 5th was International Volunteers Day and Kenya was not left behind in marking this important day. Several Volunteer Involving Organizations (VIO) came together to demonstrate the spirit of volunteerism and educate the public on various aspects of volunteerism.
Under the theme "Strengthening Volunteerism in Kenya" the day began with a tree planting and clean up exercise in the morning around Nairobi River along the Globe Cinema Roundabout - Museum Hill area. This session was graced by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Permanent Secretary Prof. James L. Ole Kiyiapi.
The second session entailed the various VIOs showcasing their involvement in volunteerism in an exhibition that was well attended by the public. The session also involved a meeting by representatives of the organizations to discuss how to strengthen volunteerism in Kenya.
Addressing the meeting, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Elizabeth Lwanga noted that volunteerism is an indispensable force in human development and nation building which has however not been accorded due recognition in Kenya.
Ms. Lwanga stated that UN is keen on strengthening volunteerism in Kenya and will spearhead a series of campaigns that will lead to the re-launch of volunteerism in January 2008. The organizations represented at the meeting committed to form a strong network that will ensure that the contributions of volunteers to the country's Gross Domestic Product are quantified and recognized.KARA
has been a partner of the Bonn-based UN Volunteers Program (UNV) on domesticating MDG 1 on eradication of extreme poverty and hunger within informal settlements. VSO Jitolee, Ufadhili Trust, VASCO, St. Johns Ambulance and KVDA among other VIO's participated at the celebrations.