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19 November 2007
A volunteer called Melenin by Paul H. Williams
Kingston, Jamaica: He's proud of his jet-black skin and his African heritage. He is a Rastafarian who embraces unity and oneness. But, this 24-year-old native of White Horses, St. Thomas, is more than that. He is a super volunteer who goes by the very unusual name, 'Melenin'. Such is Omar Ryan, a recent recipient of the Governor-General Youth Award for Excellence in Volunteerism.   Read article

From: Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica
More about: Jamaica  Advocacy
Two volunteers, Paola Toniolo and Maria Paola Profumo from Italy, were in Niger to help develop a study on sustainable small businesses for women entrepreneurs. The volunteers from Seniores Italia, a volunteer organization whose members are retired professionals from private companies and public institutions, were identified through the corporate/private sector (CPS) programme managed by the United Nations Volunteers programme.
20 October 2007
Appunti su esperienze di volontariato con donne del Niger e del Togo by Paola Toniolo Piva e Maria Paola Profumo
Abbiamo fornito la consulenza al progetto UNIFEM in quanto socie di Seniores Italia, associazione di volontariato, che dedica particolare attenzione al rafforzamento delle donne in campo economico, senza dimenticare gli aspetti politici e sociali.   Read article

More about: Italy  Senior volunteers
17 October 2007
Volunteering for equality 
Volunteers at Dream A Dream strive to create an equal society by empowering children from the lower strata of society, writes L Subramani of the Deccan Herald.  Read article

More about: India  Children  MDG 1
A caregiver encouraging a child with intellectual disability to indulge in some exercise at the Dong Li Feng Mei Kang Jian School in the Xuhui district of Shanghai. Voluntary bodies visit the school regularly to shower this community with love and care. (Photo: The Star Online)
02 October 2007
Youth and the spirit of volunteering by Chow How Ban
Shanghai, China: The overwhelming response towards voluntary work among Shanghai youth, communities and all levels of society is one of the reasons why Shanghai can develop into a sustainable economy. For a population of 18 million, the city of Shanghai has more than a million volunteers. They are involved in all types of social work and many will be called into action at the Special Olympics World Summer Games starting next week and the 2010 World Expo.    Read article

From: The Star Online, Malaysia
More about: China  Young volunteers  Youth
16 August 2007
Volunteering and youth activism at CIVICUS  by Nthabeleng Kgamphe, Youth Volunteer at CIVICUS and Youth Delegate to the 2007 CIVICUS Youth Assembly
In May 2007, CIVICUS organised its first ever Youth Assembly in Glasgow to engage youth on topics pertaining to Accountability to Future Generations. Along with four other South African youth delegates, Nthabeleng Kgamphe participated in the Youth Assembly with youth representing 90 countries around the world.  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.