Why volunteer?

Youth For Change Ethiopia’s Kiram motivates young people gathered from schools on the International Volunteer Day celebration. 

The International Volunteer Day (IVD) is held each year on 5 December, and is designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. The 2016’s theme was “Global Applause – give volunteers a hand” which recognizes the efforts of volunteers worldwide.

The day is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

Kiram speaking at International Volunteers Day [Credit: Youth For Change]

Kiram speaking at International Volunteers Day [Credit: Youth For Change]

Youth For Change Ethiopia was invited to take part in the IVD celebration organized by Youth For Epilepsy Ethiopia, part of the CareEpilepsy Ethiopia programme.

On the occasion representing his team, Kiram spoke about why volunteerism and motivated students coming from different high schools in Addis Ababa, UN officials, NGO representatives, Scholars and other stakeholders participated at the celebration. There was also a brief dialogue on the benefits and positive impacts of volunteerism.

Kiram discussed why he wanted to be a volunteer at Youth For Change and why he believe other people become volunteers too. He reaffirmed that volunteers are committed advocates of making the world a better place. He emphasized the moral values of being a volunteer in ones community to those on the front-line of emergency situation.

He encouraged young people to be responsible and volunteer their time and skills at their respective communities and even look beyond that. As future leaders, they will one day speak proudly what they have done to their country. Volunteers, showing up and stepping up, become global citizens who also highlight the common human future on this planet.

Part of the IVD event, there were essay competition both in Amharic and English languages about volunteerism by school boys and girls as well as a blood donation programme.

Finally, Kiram received Certificates of Recognition bestowed upon Youth For Change Ethiopia and Plan International for the unique involvement of volunteers in their operations and participation in making International Volunteer Day a success.