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National Volunteerism Policy to be unveiled in 2015

08 December 2014, 09:21 Mike Munga

Nairobi - Labour, Social Security and Services PS Ali Noor Ismail on Friday said that a National Volunteerism Policy (NVP) will be in place early 2015.

Among the issues in the policy include the Kenyan definition of volunteerism, the modes, principles and challenges in the volunteerism field and the policy measures the government will undertake to address the challenges.

Speaking at Hope Centre Mukuru Kwa Ruben in Nairobi, Ismail lauded the significant work of NVP, stating that Volunteer and Corporate organizations contribute positively to the Countries National Goals and GDP.

Ismail noted that volunteerism contribute to significant change in areas of social, economic, political and peace through volunteer initiatives in the country.

“On this international volunteer’s day, let’s be inspired by the many individuals who selflessly serve others and let’s resolve to do our part to contribute freely and proactively,” he said.

Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme, Richard Dictus said that through volunteering, people can participate in peace building, sustainable development and decision making processes.

“All over the world, peace and development efforts become more effective when they fully engage people, irrespective of their background, race, gender or age. Participation through volunteerism is also a way to empower people from marginalized groups, by providing them with an opportunity to act,” he said.

He added that UNV has made an important contribution to the UN efforts of bringing the voice of people and their participation to the heart of the discussion on the next global agenda.

“Volunteers have been involved in the offline collection of votes, through paper ballots and discussions with respondents from a variety of communities, including the ones in remote areas,” he said adding in that way, a wider and more inclusive audience has had the chance to make change by being part of framing the world.

Mukuru Kwa Ruben Hope Centre is a Non-Governmental Organization founded in the year 1999.

The centre has empowered the Community by offering services like free VCT and clinic, health education and promotion, youth resource, vocational skills training and entrepreneurship.

Over 500 girls have undergone training in various courses including ICT training, Hairdressing, Fashion and Design.

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