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31 January 2006
A volunteer for the long haul by Sarah Campbell
Teaching in Uganda with the Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO) set the television journalist Jon Snow off on a life of volunteering. Here he talks about the effects of that life-changing experience.  Read article

From: Times Online, UK
More about: Uganda  United Kingdom  Advocacy
27 January 2006
New Heroes 
Courageous, compassionate and committed to transforming society, the “New Heroes” are brilliant men and women who have turned their business skills into tools for change, development and hope. For them, profit is measured not in dollars and cents, but in lives transformed and dignity restored.  Visit site

27 January 2006
People of 2005 
http://us.oneworld.net/section/us/peopleof2005:

More about: Advocacy
UN Volunteer Adham Effendi (left) briefing local workers on handling food aid.
26 January 2006
The battle continues: Volunteer gets food to quake victims in Pakistan 
Bonn, Germany: At age 27, Adham Effendi has seen more than his fair share of tragedy and despair, from the plight of refugees in his native Pakistan to starving children in Eritrea. Now as a United Nations Volunteer with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Pakistan, Effendi is trying to prevent a tragic event from getting worse.   Read article

From: UN Volunteers, Germany
More about: Pakistan  Emergency relief
Volunteer Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy shares her experience working with Cuban doctors, assisting in Balakot, Pakistan, months after the quake devastated south Asia. Photo by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy/open democracy.
22 December 2005
Kashmir diary by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Bissian, Pakistan: After the immediate shock of the earthquake that hit the Kashmir regions of Pakistan and India, killing nearly 75,000, the approach of winter poses a second deadly threat to the survivors. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a volunteer translator, sends a diary full of tragedy, despair and heroism from a Cuban medical camp in the mountains.  Read article

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The people you'll meet on these pages are not famous, yet they have touched millions of people's lives through their committment, compassion and courage. They've been baptized as  "trailblazers", "shakers and movers", "disaster responders", among others.  Whatever names they've been called, they have one thing in common -- they've made a difference.