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22 June 2008
Trained volunteers disseminate mental health message in Sichuan 
Melbourne, Australia: In 2007, an AusAID-funded team of key mental health experts formulated a set of ten key messages to assist communities in China manage children's mental health post disaster. Teachers and community leaders trained when the messages were piloted are currently volunteering in Sichuan and are regarded as 'on-the-ground' experts in psychological first aid for children.  Visit site

From: Asia Australia Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia
21 June 2008
National volunteer week advocated in Ghana by Kwadwo B. Donkor
Accra, Ghana: The president of the newly chartered Legon Lions Club, Nii Allotey Brew-Hammond, has called for the institution of a National Volunteer Week to rekindle the spirit of voluntarism in Ghanaians. He further proposed that an award scheme, dubbed 'The President’s Volunteer Service Award,' be introduced to provide recognition to volunteers and promote voluntarism among corporate bodies and the youth especially.  Visit site

From: The Ghanaian Times, Ghana
More about: Ghana  Advocacy
20 June 2008
Search is on for Phillippines' 2008 outstanding volunteers 
Tuguegarao City, the Phillippines: The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) is now accepting nominations for the Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) 2008. Milagros Rimando, NEDA director and SOV Regional Search Committee chairman said the search is open to all individuals with Filipino citizenship and Filipino volunteer organizations or local chapter organizations of foreign organizations that currently provide volunteer assistance in the Philippines.  Visit site
19 June 2008
New Zealand has most number of prison volunteers 
"New Zealand has more prison volunteers in proportion to the prisoner population than anywhere else in the world", according to Kim Workman, National Director, Prison Fellowship. He was speaking in support of Volunteer Awareness Week.

"There are currently over 3000 volunteers and around 7,500 prisoners – that equates to 40% of the total prisoner population. As far as we can establish, Canada is next, with a volunteer population that equates to 28% of the prison population. The UK's volunteer population equates to 14% of the prison population, with Australia and other OECD countries lagging well behind."

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18 June 2008
Japan courts Kenya with a volunteer's gentle touch 
Japan is gaining friends in Kenya with the help of shiatsu classes for the blind given by Japanese volunteers. Nearly 900 volunteers from the  Japanese International Co-operation Agency is working in Africa, helping to improve lives of local people.   Visit site

More about: Japan  Kenya  Health
18 June 2008
Volunteers help Myanmar cyclone victims still without foreign aid 
Kyon Ka Nan, Myanmar: Cyclone Nargis almost destroyed the remote village of Kyon Ka Nan, but residents are now rebuilding their homes and their food stocks, aided by a resilient group of Myanmar volunteers.  Visit site
16 June 2008
Mercy Ships recognizes International Day of the African Child 
Millions of children in Africa suffer at the hands of poverty, as well as a lack of access to medical care.Forgotten and deprived, many perish. The volunteers working on board the Africa Mercy - the world's largest charity hospital ship - offer those children hope and the opportunity to lead a full life. Two years ago, 10 year-old Benedict Menkoah discovered how Mercy Ships can transform the life of a child.  Visit site
16 June 2008
Thousands of volunteers receive HIV/AIDS training in China 
Around 5,500 volunteers for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games have received HIV/AIDS prevention and destigmatization training, according to UNAIDS, the joint United Nations programme on HIV and AIDS.   Read article

More about: China  HIV/AIDS  MDG 6
13 June 2008
Community volunteers recognized in Queen's birthday honours 
London, UK: Kitty Webber has worked as a volunteer ambulance driver for 40 years, ferrying passengers to and from hospital for radiotherapy, chemotherapy or whatever medical help they require. Now 72 years old, she is available every day if needed and often works 10 hour days.  Visit site
12 June 2008
Thousands get into online volunteering in Brazil by Voluntarios em Acao
Sao Paulo, Brazil: The first broad-ranged action of online volunteering in Brazil took place in April this year. The movement which summoned young bloggers to participate in a single cause, digital inclusion, marked the beginning of various volunteer actions yet to be carried out by Internet users, with the support of the Volunteers in Action Institute, IVA/SC, which has been opening doors to volunteers for the past 10 years (English / Portuguese).  Read article

More about: Online volunteering

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