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16 May 2006
Special kids with special moms 
Manila, Philippines: Special kids need special moms. The Katipunan ng mga Magulang ng mga Batang May Kapansanan (KMBK) is a volunteer group of some 20 women who take care of special children and, sometimes, even their parents.  Read article

From: Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila, Philippines
15 May 2006
Free time  by Charlotte Ashton
Charlotte Ashton is spending each month of her gap year with a different UK charity. This month, she helps promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.  Read article

From: The Guardian, UK
12 May 2006
Inspiring examples from little 'wonders' 

More about: Young volunteers
Former UN Volunteer Toshiko Kitahara has helped these girls receive education by raising funds and helping build the first all-girl school in Ragh, Badakhshan province, northeast Afghanistan. (Photo: WFP)
08 May 2006
No school? Build one 
Badakhshan, Afghanistan: When Toshiko Kitahara arrived in Ragh district in Badakhshan province, north-east Afghanistan, two things struck her: its natural beauty and the fact that girls did not attend school. As a UN Volunteer with the World Food Programme (WFP), Toshiko decided to make girls’ education a priority. She started her self-driven campaign to build the first girls’ school in Ragh. Her quest for funds started in Afghanistan and crossed the globe before she arrived at enough money to have the project put in motion.  Read article

From: UN Volunteers, Germany
More about: Afghanistan  Education  Gender  MDG 2  MDG 3
At the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy, volunteers train in a scenario where a comrade is injured. Fire and rescue volunteers must have the same training as career staff. (Photo: Tin Nguyen/Times Community Newspapers)
05 May 2006
Consultants volunteer to fight the real fire  by Kali Schumitz
Fairfax county, USA: What makes 26-year-old consultants – Matt Jones with IBM and John Morrison with Booz Allen Hamilton – take on a part-time job with no pay cheque? It's the practical and leadership skills, a change of pace, a chance to save lives and serve their community. For others, it's a steppingstone to a career.  Read article

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