UNV, Vol-Gam observes International Volunteers Day

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and National Volunteers Network- The Gambia, (VolNet-Gam) have recently celebrated International Volunteers Day(IVD) at the UN house in Cape Point, Bakau under the theme “Volunteers: Building resident communities.”

Bintu Mahfouz Adjara, UNDP operations specialist said volunteers are not left behind as they continue to work tirelessly and selflessly with local communities over the years, adding that they have embarked on series of activities to mark this year’s celebration.

She said, it was estimated that there are over 109 million volunteers globally with 70 percent of them are the formal and informal sector and 59 percent of the overall volunteers are female. She celebrated the active involvement of female in the quest to implement sustainable development goals in enhancing gender.

Speaking on behalf of the resident coordinator of UN system in The Gambia, Sandra Lattouf said, IVD is to celebrate the effort and achievements of volunteers round the world, saying that there are 1billion volunteers who delegate their time to make the world a better place.

She said, there is no geographical barrier for volunteers, saying volunteers are not left behind because they have been working tirelessly in both local areas and other places. She thanked UNV for their effort to leave no one behind.

Ahmed Salin, chairperson of VolNet-Gambia said volunteerism is as good as human existence, adding that everyone in one way or the other is a volunteer. “Always think of what you can contribute to the society. It is good to always do things for others and not to be self-centred.”

Author: Awa Ndiaye