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25 October 2011
UNICEF/UN Volunteers: Volunteering for behavioural change in Egypt 
Dalia Ashour with UNICEF Egypt  Emergency response team in Salloum. Photo: UNICEF/2011
Egypt: When thinking of a volunteer, what comes to the mind of most people is a youth working in the field in an emergency zone. The link between the words ‘volunteer’ and ‘desk job’ is, to say the least, not very common.  Read article
14 June 2011
Be a part of IYV+10 
Working on the IYV+10 children's book in Honduras. (SOLI)
Bonn, Germany and Tegucigalpa, Honduras: As part of the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10), the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is compiling a childrens book on volunteerism with the support of partners around the globe.  Read article
13 June 2011
Ilustrando el voluntariado en Honduras 
Working on the IYV+10 children's book in Honduras. (SOLI)
Tegucigalpa, Honduras: El pasado sábado 30 de abril se realizó en la ciudad de Tegucigalpa, capital de la República de Honduras, la primera parte de la actividad “Ilustrando el Voluntariado”, la cual es promovida por el programa de Voluntarios de las Naciones Unidas junto a otras Organizaciones Vinculadas al Voluntariado, miembros de la Red “Honduras Voluntaria”.   Read article
19 May 2010
UNV volunteer shoots '8 Goals for Africa' 
Accompanied by a music video, ‘8 Goals for Africa’ is being disseminated free of charge locally and internationally, before, during and after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The performing artists will also make special appearances during the soccer tournament, promoting the MDGs and calling for action. 
The music video will be screened throughout the World Cup, across all the fan parks and public viewing areas. On the day of the finals, all eight artists will come together to sing the song in a live performance at the Soccer City Fan Fest in Johannesburg. The video will also be distributed to the international media. (UNIC South Africa/'8 Goals for the MDGs')
Pretoria, South Africa: A UNV volunteer has brought together Africa's top musicians for a high-profile campaign connecting the Millennium Development Goals with the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.  Read article
08 March 2009
Abebech Gobena: A profile in compassion by Tewedros Ayele
Besides institutional care and the support of orphans, Abebech Gobena's organization has started different developmental activities in rural and urban areas. (WVW)
Wollo, Ethiopia: Natural disasters and wars serve as a reminder that greed is killing us. It’s women like Abebech Gobena who will save us.  Read article
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Philippines government announces volunteering for MDGs campaign 
As the Philippines Government beefs up its efforts towards the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, President Benigno S. Aquino III promoted 2011 as the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers in the Philippines.   Visit site
Universal Free School for Children (VA, USA) 
UFSFC is a non profit organization to promote education as a fundamental human right through construction and establishment of free primary and secondary schools for children.  Visit site
Supporting Kids in Peru (SKIP) 
SKIP is a UK non-profit organization helping disadvantaged children to realise their right to an education. It is currently working on the north coast of Peru, in the impoverished districts that surround the city of Trujillo. Its primary work area, El Porvenir, has a great deal of social problems that need urgent support. The team is comprised of volunteers from overseas, as well as from the community of El Porvenir and local universities in Trujillo. SKIP is always looking for enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers who can contribute something positive to the project and help achieve more.   Visit site

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Tree planting at the Lagud Village Learning Inn in Barangay Uhaj, Banaue. Eloisa Romero from JICA (wearing black, on the left) and Jephonie Himiwat (right) attend. (JICA)
16 July 2008, 05:45
A diploma for a rice cooker 
In the Philippines, two Japanese volunteers help send young Ifugao people to school and, in the process, learn to cook rice without a rice cooker...

Jephonie Himmiwat is an Ifugao, one of the indigenous people in the northern Philippines. Her people and their land are inseparable, thus both are called by the same name, Ifugao. 

In Japan, two women enjoyed a very different upbringing. Twenty-three-year-old Kiyoko Okamoto spent four years as staff at the Mister Donut chain while she was studying international economics in the city of Fukuoka. Thirty-year-old Kozue Kamijo worked part-time in a restaurant while attending a business school in the Japanese capital.

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