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  UN Volunteers in action with UNICEF    
20 November is Universal Children’s Day, celebrated each year to promote the well-being of children. UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) is a proponent of children’s rights and protection and provides emergency and long-term humanitarian and development assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. Voluntary action is fundamental to UNICEF in achieving its objectives.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme recognizes the efforts of UNICEF and other partners as UNV continues its celebration of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10) and gears up for International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December 2011 -- when a resolution on volunteerism will be proposed in the UN General Assembly and the first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report will be launched around the world.

Internationally acclaimed singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo, joined forces with UNV last month to be a part of our IVD campaign.  When she is not wowing audiences with her music she is often volunteering to help UNICEF advocate for children. “Volunteering matters to me because there are many things all of us can do every day to help others,” she said.

On this Universal Children’s Day, we invite you to meet some of the UN Volunteers working with UNICEF to provide their expertise and support to the organization in carrying out its work: 
UN Volunteer Annalisa Staffa (right) works alongside health care practitioners to implement the medical protocol required to eliminate the transmission of HIV. (UNV)
Annalisa Staffa, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in the Dominican Republic
20 November 2011
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: "As a volunteer, I have learned a new perspective on how to approach and tackle problems, and so far the experience could not have been more enriching," says Annalisa Staffa, UNV HIV Official Assistant. Annalisa spends most of her time in maternity hospitals making sure new-born babies come to life free of HIV and syphilis. Read
More about: Children  HIV/AIDS
Countries:  Dominican Republic
Other languages: en español  
International UN Volunteer Antoine Deliege (Belgium) with UNICEF in Rwanda wants more of the country’s children and youth to play and do sport for their own good. He trains local volunteers to be coaches and get great, inclusive games going with the simplest means available.
Antoine Deliege, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Rwanda
20 November 2011
Rwanda: “When I give a ball to a child, I know I can change that child’s life for the better,” says Antoine Deliége who works closely with Right to Play International to implement a UNICEF-funded project which uses sport to promote healthy child development. Read
More about: Children
Countries:  Rwanda
Daisy Serem, UNV Assistant Communications Officer in Advocacy and Partnerships, with Liza Marklund a famous author in Sweden and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Daisy Serem, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Kenya
20 November 2011
Nairobi, Kenya: “It is inspiring to be able to engage with communities and understand the challenges they are facing,"says Daisy Serem, UNV Assistant Communication Officer. Daisy makes regular field trips to highlight the work being done to ensure every child receives proper nutrition and health services, clean water and sanitation facilities, and an adequate level of care and protection. Read
More about: Children
Countries:  Kenya
Dalia at a workshop for school teachers about an Avian Influenza School Kit. (Photo: UNICEF/August 2009)
Dalia Ashour, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Egypt
20 November 2011
Egypt: "[A]ssisting a team of wonderfully talented and fully dedicated women to bring about positive change in the behavior of many Egyptian children and families (in matters of hygiene, non-violence, nutrition and more) is where I have found the most joy in my experience,” says Dalia Ashour who supports the Communication for Development Section.  Dalia promotes healthy living, hygienic practices and nutrition, and has also participated in emergency responses. Read
More about: Children
Countries:  Egypt
Denis Yameogo, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
20 November 2011
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo: “Having fairly escaped illiteracy myself, I felt it was a must for me to help others,” says Denis Yameogo, UN Volunteer with UNICEF Democratic Republic of Congo. Denis supports UNICEF’s child protection work by giving communities the capacity to address child protection issues. Read
More about: Children
Ewout Erik Stoefs, a UNV Intern working as a Capacity Building and Monitoring & Evaluation Officer with UNICEF Vietman, explaining the Greening Campaign to a national colleague at the launch event.
Ewout Erik Stoefs, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Viet Nam
Ha Noi, Viet Nam: “Not a day goes by that I don’t feel lucky to have the opportunity to volunteer here,” says Ewout Erik Stoefs, a UN Volunteer with UNICEF Viet Nam. Ewout contributes to capacity building and improving knowledge of provincial officialson child-sensitive social policies. Read
More about: Children
Countries:  Viet Nam
Harriet Christine Elasu, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Uganda
20 November 2011
Kampala, Uganda: “For me, volunteering with UNICEF is such a tremendous opportunity that has changed me," says Harriet Christine Elasu, UNV Finance Officer with UNICEF Uganda.  Harriet is always happy to provide extra support and guidance where it is needed, particularly in the areas of accounting and financial management, and in proper record-keeping. Read
More about: Children
Countries:  Uganda
UN Volunteer Henry Armas (centre) with UNICEF colleagues during a workshop on HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean and Young Key Affected Populations that took place in Jamaica in September 2011. (UNV)
Henry Armas, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Peru
20 November 2011
Lima, Peru: "I feel fortunate to be part of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, as I have had the opportunity to learn a great deal during my tenure, as well as to give something in return towards improving programmes and policies for people in my region," says Henry Armas, UNV HIV/AIDS Programme Officer with UNICEF's Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office. Henry is the focal point for knowledge management initiatives on HIV/AIDS. Read
More about: Children  HIV/AIDS
Countries:  Peru
Other languages: en español  
Julia (foreground and in a blue vest) with Guatemalan youth. (Photo: UNICEF/2011)
Julia Noethiger, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Guatemala
20 November 2011
Guatemala: “It has been a meaningful experience to learn from adolescents through a process of conversation in terms of what their needs and wishes are,” says Julia Noethiger, a UN Volunteer assisting UNICEF with advocacy efforts for adolescents. Julia was involved in national workshops where she engaged with adolescents and discussed their issues: for example, she spoke with them about their problems, their dreams, and possible solutions to their concerns. Read
More about: Children
Countries:  Guatemala
Koenraad Vancraeynest, UNV Water and Sanitation Officer with UNICEF, standing in front of a herd of Alpacas during a field visit to the Japo community in Chuquisaca. (UNV)
Koenraad Vancraeynest, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Bolivia
20 November 2011
La Paz, Bolivia: Koenraad Vancraeynest, UNV Water and Sanitation Officer, is happy to be able to contribute to small-scale rural water and sanitation projects that have a big impact on daily life, especially for women and children. "As a UN Volunteer with UNICEF, it is for me an everyday responsibility and a challenge to pass these values on," says Koenraad. Read
More about: Children  Health
Countries:  Bolivia
Masala Boly, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Burundi
20 November 2011
Gitega, Burundi: “[W]ith fascination and happiness I observed how women and men from the community discussed, argued and organized what is essentially the lynchpin of the child protection system being built in Burundi,” says Masala Boly, a UNV Intern involved in Child Protection and Rights Promotion. Masala supports UNICEF child protection work and the promotion of children’s rights in Gitega, a small provincial town at the centre of Burundi. Read
More about: Children
Countries:  Burundi
Raising children awareness of WASH issues through giant snake and ladder games/ ©SUrresta 2010
Muhammad Afrianto Kurniawan, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Timor-Leste
20 November 2011
Dili, Timor-Leste: “For me, working as a UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Timor-Leste allows me a great opportunity to help many children who need access to clean water and basic sanitation facilities which will improve their basic standard of living and provide them with the means to be healthy and happy in the future,” says Muhammad Afrianto Kurniawan. Muhammad engages communities as a WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) engineer. Read
More about: Children
Countries:  Timor-Leste
Nele Bostoen and Eleonora Mansi, UN Volunteers with UNICEF in Uganda
20 November 2011
Kampala, Uganda: “We were happy to have successfully tested the RapidFTR tool because, through it, thousands of children can find the way back to their families,” say Nele Bostoen and Eleonora Mansi, UN Volunteers with the Child Protection team of UNICEF Uganda.  RapidFTR or Rapid Family Tracing and Reunification is a new technology that allows quick input of essential data about a child on a mobile phone. Read
More about: Children
Countries:  Uganda
UNICEF Egypt provides training to this teacher in the Upper Egypt Governorates in a project which aims to increase enrollment in early childhood education by improving the quality of education in the area.
Samar Wahba, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Egypt
20 November 2011
Egypt: “I found it a pleasure to see those children having the opportunity to learn, play, express their feelings, and participate in different activities as the others do," says Samar Wahba, UNV Education Specialist with UNICEF Egypt. Samar monitors and evaluates an early childhood development project designed to increase kindergarten and school enrollment and improve the quality of education. Read
More about: Children
Countries:  Egypt
Shoko Fujita, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Timor-Leste
20 November 2011
Dili, Timor-Leste: Shoko Fujita, UNV Child Protection Officer with UNICEF Timor-Leste, travels throughout the country conducting interviews with members of child protection networks to prepare for a nationwide advocacy campaign to raise public awareness of children’s rights in 2012. “I expect that the campaign will help children understand their right to access social and legal services,” says Shoko. Read
More about: Children
Countries:  Timor-Leste
National UNV Health Specialist Teresa Calderón (right) and Dr Leda Azad, Community Health Officer, during a field mission. (UNV)
Teresa Calderón, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Bolivia
20 November 2011
La Paz, Bolivia: Teresa Calderón, national UNV Health Specialist, supports the National Zero Malnutrition Programme through community health actions with a focus on nutrition. Teresa's experience as a UN Volunteer has convinced her that "willpower can make roses grow in the desert". Read
More about: Children  Health
Countries:  Bolivia
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