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19 December 2005
Volunteerism championing fight against HIV and Aids in Malawi by Susan Muguro
Manet, Malawi: On a typical day at the Mzuzu Central Hospital, Hilda Matalala tested 20 blood samples for HIV, counselled up to 10 patients and treated 30 patients with sexually transmitted infections. Hilda is a United Nations Volunteer.  Read article

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Dr. Tooraj Chamacham, a UN Volunteer from Iran, talks to local people during an outreach programme in a community in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago in December 2004. (Photo: Claudia Pivaral/UN Volunteers)
15 December 2005
Just for the satisfaction of being a volunteer doctor by Dr. Tooraj Chamacham
I remember it was one of the very first days of my work that one old man who was attending the Chronic Disease Clinic came to me. When I started to examine him, he told me, "Doctor, God bless you, doctor!" I was surprised: "Thanks, but I have done nothing for you yet!" He replied, "I am attending this clinic for more than 20 years and this is the first time a doctor is putting stethoscope on my chest!"  Read article
Thilini and her younger brother Krish on the field behind the tsunami relief camp in Sri Lanka where the children play. (Photo: Courtesy The Weston Town Crier)
12 December 2005
Bringing joy to kids’ life in Sri Lankan tsunami camp by Natasha Haradhvala
Weston, USA: After a year at Mount Holyoke College, Weston High School graduate Julie Angiolillo decided to try something completely different. In early September she left for Sri Lanka to volunteer at the Kalutara North Tsunami Camp. She considers the connections she made with the children to be one of her greatest achievements.  Read article
A critical issue for any volunteer in the field is ensuring they have usable skills once they are there. But Imran’s team saw their job as simply getting supplies to locations that had remained cut off. (From BBC News)
30 November 2005
Away from the limelight, volunteers continue rebuilding Pakistan by Dominic Casciani
From all over the world, and away from the media glare, volunteers have gone to help in rebuilding Pakistan since last month's disastrous earthquake. Many volunteers are still working in the field, trying to save the lives of villagers who have lost their homes -- and may lose more with the onset of winter. Who are they, why did they go, and what did they find when they were there?  Read article

From: BBC News, UK
An injured Kashmiri is transported to a van as she is evacuated from a makeshift hospital in Bagh, southeast of Muzaffarabad in Pakistan October 13, 2005. 
REUTERS/Mian Khursheed
23 November 2005
Volunteering paves for 'opening minds & hearts' in Pakistan by David Montero
Battal, Pakistan: No one knows exactly how many Americans are volunteering in the earthquake relief, since neither the US Embassy nor Pakistan's Foreign Ministry is keeping track. But their presence is widely felt throughout the affected areas, from tent hospitals to mountainside villages where volunteers are building shelters before the winter arrives.  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.