This question was asked by present community volunteers of Swedish Committee for Afghanistan from participants of International volunteers’ day, celebrated by Rehabilitation of Afghans with Disabilities Program of Swedish Committee for Afghanistan in Balkh, Jawzjan and Samangan provinces.
The celebration was aiming to promote volunteerism in any area and increase participation of people working volunteer to Human rights especially vulnerable groups in Afghanistan.
It worth to be mentioned that the celebration program was chaired by a woman with physical disability, who herself has joined SCA as a volunteer. During this ceremony 82 volunteers of SCA and its partner were granted with appreciation letters.
SCA is a volunteers’ based organization. It has around 4000 volunteers and members including nine permanent board members, in Afghanistan and Sweden, who are having financial contribution with development projects of Afghanistan and/or working voluntarily in the field.
The main focus of IVD 2014 is not only celebrating volunteerism in all its aspects – but also pay special tribute to people’s participation in making a difference locally, nationally and globally. IVD 2014 highlights the contribution of volunteers in engaging people from the grass-roots in decision-making processes, ultimately creating space for participation that leads to: stronger governance, social cohesion, peace and sustainable development”.
International Volunteer Day (IVD) – (5th December) is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions – at local, national and international levels – to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).