VolNet-Gam, partners celebrate ECOWAS Volunteers Day

Friday, April 06, 2018

National Volunteers Network- The Gambia (VolNet-Gam) and Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly - The Gambia (EBAFOSA Gambia) in collaboration with other volunteer organisations have recently celebrated ECOWAS Volunteers Day (EVD) in The Gambia.

Other partners include Fortress of Development for Africa (FDA), GAMJOBS, Global Unification (GU), TESITOO and Net Impact joined other countries in the Sub-region to celebrate the day with participatory community and school engagement programme. The three days programme was held at diverse areas of within the Kanifing Municipality. It was organised in the form of cleansing and tree planting exercise, lecture on volunteerism and discussions on climate change and food security.

On the first day of the event, volunteers engaged in garden weeding, cleansing and tree planting exercises at the Kanifing Multi-Purpose Complex and its street within Jimpex Road.

They later proceeded to Lebarto Beach Fajara where they conducted beach cleaning exercise and were joined by a United Nations Volunteer and attaché at the Ministry of Trade in the exercise to complement government’s effort in protecting coastlines.

The group also delivered lectures on volunteerism and had discussions on climate change and food security with teachers and students of Latri-Kunda Upper Basic School where inspirational presentations were delivered on the importance of volunteerism and innovative volunteerism.

The National Coordinator of National Volunteers Network Ahmed A. Salami; who doubles as the EBAFOSA Gambia president informed volunteers, teachers, students and other participants that the three-day celebration activity targets to create awareness about the ECOWAS Volunteers programme and to promote volunteerism. He said the programme is also to campaign for a green way of living and the protection of the environment to ensure a clean, safe and food secured community with sustainable ecosystem. 

He acknowledged the participation of volunteers from Gamjobs, Fortress of Development for Africa, Global Unification, Tesitoo, Net Impact, teachers and students of the Latri-Kunda Upper Basic School. He also thanked the UNV, Atlantic Seafoods, Kanifing Municipal Council and National Environment Agency for their participation and support.

Momodu Dem, a volunteer with Gamjobs shared his thoughts about volunteerism, saying it contributes to the economic development of a country and creates a stronger, safer and more cohesive community.

Chairperson of VolNet-Gam Maimuna Bah said volunteering contributes a lot to personal development and increases self-esteem of volunteers, enhances various skills and can be of importance for a career path as well as good and fulfilled feeling of life.

Author: Njie Baldeh