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Despite the hardships, this is a very enriching experience
01 July 2015
Manash Gadtaula, national UN Volunteer Civil Engineer (UNV Nepal, 2015)
My name is Manash Gadtaula and I am a national UN Volunteer in Nepal. I serve as a civil engineer in a team of eight for the UNDP building demolitions project, as a support for the Village Development Committee. Demolition of houses can sound counter-intuitive but it is actually necessary in order to prevent further loss of lives during the aftershocks. Since the building’s structural integrity is compromised during the earthquake, even if it is still standing it is actually no longer safe to stay in it; and these buildings must be safely collapsed with the technical support of civil engineers. Read
More about: Emergency relief
Countries:  Nepal
Being there on time for the communities
04 June 2015
Hortika Joshi, national UN Volunteer Civil Engineer (UNV Nepal, 2015)
My name is Hotrika Joshi and I am a national UN Volunteer Civil Engineer in Nepal. I am part of a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) demolition project which has handled the damage assessment of 250 households, benefitting approximately 1,500 people.

In the Irkhu Village Development Committee area, a thousand more buildings need to be assessed and potentially torn down within the next weeks, before the monsoon arrives.

More about: Emergency relief
Countries:  Nepal
UNMISS posting helps UN Volunteer retain her belief in humanity
03 June 2015
In her duties as a UNV Civil Affairs Officer deployed to UNMISS, UN Volunteer Katia Da Silva (seated with sunglasses) from Portugal, registers newly arrived internally displaced persons seeking refuge at a camp in Bentiu. (Photo: UN Volunteer Anna Adkiri, 2014)
What UN Volunteer Katia Cristina Da Silva, from Portugal, experienced during her assignment with UNMISS as a UNV Civilian Affairs Officer, especially during the crisis in 2014, has helped her retain her belief in humanity. Read
My work as a journalist editor at the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti
29 May 2015
International UN Volunteer Adoum Goulgué (on the left) serves at the UNPOL section within the MINUSTAH in Haiti, (UNV, 2015)
I’m Adoum Goulgué, I’m UN volunteer at the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). I work as a journalist-editor in the United Nations police (UNPOL) Section. But before that, I worked as responsible for public information at the publication unit, section of the Communication Office of Public Information, where I arrived on 01st July 2013.

I have 10 years of experience in journalism, including four in the weekly newspaper in Chad, and four others as communication officer with humanitarian NGOs in eastern Chad.

Countries:  Haiti
Other languages: en français  
When moving from one village to another one, we realized how our presence was crucial
29 May 2015
UN Volunteer Giorgio Alegri taking part in his first Joint Protection mission, which aimed at investigating alleged grave human rights violations. (UNV Programme, 2015)
I am Italian and define myself as a “soul traveller”. Prior to moving to the Central African Republic (CAR), I have been working, living and studying overseas for the last 10 years. Over the time, I developed expertise in the areas of capacity building, migration, and human trafficking across different countries mainly from South/Southeast Asia, and Africa. Read

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