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Volunteerism another eye for community development

Written by  Mc Donald Gondwe

As the government advocates for pillars of hard work, patriotism and integrity, two local institutions in the country; Center for Girls Interaction (CEGI) and Tovwirane HIV/AIDS Organizations calls for Malawians to venture into volunteerism approach to development projects.

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December

The organizations believe volunteerism may steer development in rural areas currently faced with low participation in development projects as a result of some payments sometimes attached.

Speaking in Mzuzu during activities meant to observe this year’s International Volunteers Day which falls on 5th December, one of the team leaders for the institutions, Ellie Parker said volunteerism has proved to be a vital element in initiating real change in developments projects.

 

“There is no ill intentions, no money attached, no favoritism but the passion to help drives one to participate in issues at hand,” said Parker.

 

Parker who is also a United Kingdom Volunteer in Malawi said if all people were devoted and willingly take part in developments taking place in their communities the country would never have unfinished public structures in the villages.

 

Another team leader, Gift Kumwenda hinted on failure by a majority of people to own projects as a thing behind low participation in development projects happening in their communities.

He said; “we are glued to ‘the something for money syndrome’ and if one does not see any fast cash or if there is an indirect benefit, they tend to shun which is wrong,” said Kumwenda.

 

During the activities, the organizations which comprised several volunteers including international volunteer delegates took part in spreading massages of the importance of partaking into volunteer work, HIV and AIDS, gender equality, and sanitation.

 

The International Volunteer Day (IVD) was designed by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the bower and potential of volunteerism.

 

It is observed on 5th December to give an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organizations, to raise awareness of, and gain understanding for, the contribution they make to their communities.

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