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22 August 2005
Why volunteer? by Surah Huxley
Five years ago I sat on a rock scouring the vista of the Kali Gandaki gorge when a short skinny villager with a pair of tattered shorts appeared like a hobbit from behind a tree.  Read article

More about: Nepal  Advocacy
03 August 2005
Helping crime victims 'is best reward' by Anna Browning
For nearly 10 years, Renee Gallop has given her time to the Lambeth branch of the charity Victim Support, in south-east London. She has helped thousands overcome the trauma of crime - everything from pickpocketings to murder - and all for free.   Read article

From: BBC News, UK
03 August 2005
Volunteers provide economic advice all over the world by Kate Wright
William Gollan has travelled the world, but he wouldn't consider his adventures much of a pleasure cruise. Gollan is part of the Canadian Executive Service Organization, a volunteer-based organization that provides experts  to Canadians and other countries.  Read article

From: CanadaEast, Canada
More about: Canada  Advocacy  Private sector
05 July 2005
Dirt, disease and malnutrition 
Djibouti City, Djibouti: Doctor Robert Thiel, an American volunteer from the Red Sea Mission, runs a government-owned clinic in Arhiba, a filthy slum in the port city of Djibouti. The clinic treats several hundred patients a day, despite having no budget and no running water.   Read article
27 June 2005
Volunteers: Heart and soul of Sri Lanka's tsunami response by Rukshan Ratnam and Paruru Lawrence
Until six months ago, Dilshard Ahamed, 22, worked in his family-owned guesthouse. In his quiet manner he explains that while he only recently joined the Red Cross as a staff member, he has been volunteering with the Red Cross for the past 2 years. Drawing from his volunteer experience, he was able to provide first aid and, later, relief distribution when the devastating tsunami struck Sri Lanka.   Read article

From: ReliefWeb

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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.