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Making dates for coffee in Morocco
05 August 2010
Ralph Schmidt, a food production engineer with Kraft Foods and a UNV corporate volunteer, helped the Al Mostakhbal Women’s Cooperative in Jorf, Morocco, improve its manufacturing and quality assurance processes for making a coffee-like product from date pits.  Ralph is shown here with (left) the cooperative’s director, Miriam Moussaoui, and co-op member, Aziza Bakki. (UNV, 2010)
Jorf, Morocco: As UNV corporate volunteers, Kraft employees, Ana Maria Martin Mosquera (Spain), and Ralph Schmidt (Germany), helped a Moroccan women's cooperative make a better "coffee" beverage from date pits. Read
More about: Private sector
Countries:  Morocco
Feeding the volunteer spirit - Koidu
19 July 2010
"When people volunteer, it's a collective benefit," says Gambian UNV volunteer Dodou Darboe at the WFP Sub Office in Magburaka, Sierra Leone. "Critical to all this is getting people into groups and building their capacities so that rather than telling them what to do, they can say 'hey, this is going wrong' and come up with solutions of their own accord. And when we come back they can say 'hey, this is what we have done'. This is our challenge. I'm a UNV volunteer, and like all the other UNV volunteers with WFP in Sierra Leone I feel very proud that, as a volunteer, I've been given such a very central, and such a very important, responsibility. (P. Sen/UNV)
Koidu, Sierra Leone: It's every UNV volunteer's task to support voluntary action in the communities they support. So those of them assigned to WFP in Sierra Leone help sustain the work of civil society. Read
Photo story: Silver and gold
18 July 2010
Youth at a skills training centre in Koidu, Sierra Leone, take advantage of the WFP food support organized by UNV volunteer Dodou Darboe. (P. Sen/UNV)
Koidu, Sierra Leone: One way in which Dodou and the WFP support voluntary organizations is through  'food-for-training' schemes. Students learn a trade and receive meals so they can complete their courses. Read
More about: Civil society  Youth
Countries:  Gambia  Sierra Leone
Feeding the volunteer spirit - Port Loko
17 July 2010
UNV volunteer Fatima Diang from Sudan is assigned to the WFP Sub Office in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. "It’s difficult just to live here at my station," she comments. "There are no hotels or restaurants or power supply, and I was renting a house, but it was a security risk so I moved to the WFP compound and now live in a container. But whenever I’m visiting the health centres and I meet the small children, and talk to them and their mothers – it’s so special to be able to hear from them how the WFP support is helping them.  It makes mothers happy to have a healthy child – and it excites me to see a child’s health improving." (P. Sen/UNV)
Port Loko, Sierra Leone: At the Port Loko health centre, UNV volunteer Fatima Daing and WFP assist volunteer-involving organizations addressing HIV/AIDS. Read
More about: Civil society  HIV/AIDS
Countries:  Sierra Leone  Sudan
Photo story: The talking treatment
16 July 2010
UNV volunteer Fatima Daing works with voluntary groups in Port Loko to help People Living with HIV. (P. Sen/UNV)
Port Loko, Sierra Leone: It's in Fatima Diang's mandate to encourage volunteerism in the communities she works with and playing a part in keeping vulnerable people fed. Read
More about: Civil society  HIV/AIDS
Countries:  Sierra Leone  Sudan
UNV volunteer shoots '8 Goals for Africa'
19 May 2010
Accompanied by a music video, ‘8 Goals for Africa’ is being disseminated free of charge locally and internationally, before, during and after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The performing artists will also make special appearances during the soccer tournament, promoting the MDGs and calling for action. 
The music video will be screened throughout the World Cup, across all the fan parks and public viewing areas. On the day of the finals, all eight artists will come together to sing the song in a live performance at the Soccer City Fan Fest in Johannesburg. The video will also be distributed to the international media. (UNIC South Africa/'8 Goals for the MDGs')
Pretoria, South Africa: A UNV volunteer has brought together Africa's top musicians for a high-profile campaign connecting the Millennium Development Goals with the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Read
Providing daily sustenance in Haiti
25 March 2010
UNV volunteer Hazem El Zein runs food distribution for the World Food Programme in the southeast of Haiti. (Hazem El Zein/UNV)
Jacmel, Haiti: UNV volunteers are helping feed Haitians cut off from vital food supplies by the January earthquake. UNV volunteer Hazem El Zein runs food distribution for the World Food Programme in the southeast region, distributing food to around 300,000 people. Read
More about: Emergency relief
Countries:  Haiti
Working together in the face of food insecurity
05 February 2010
A school canteen in Motombe, south-west, Madagascar, where 560 children have their lunch every day. The programme has been supported by WFP since 2001. (Photo: WFP)
Tulear, Madagascar: In the south-western region of Madagascar, growing numbers of natural disasters make the population increasingly vulnerable. But through intense partnership-building, a UNV volunteer has been helping to ensure food security. Read
More about: Children
Countries:  Liberia  Madagascar
Keeping the assistance flowing
20 May 2009
“HIV can be managed with the rollout of anti-retroviral therapy, plus good nutrition, exercise, sufficient sleep and stress reduction,” remarks international UNV volunteer Janice Lachhman, “but really the idea is prevention. Let it be that one day, developing countries don’t have such high prevalence rates.” (UNV)
Maseru, Lesotho: Janice Lachman serves as an international UNV volunteer at the highest levels in Lesotho to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS can get the nutrition and services they need. Read
Countries:  Guyana  Lesotho  United States
Traditional tubers and innovative marmalades in Ecuador
04 February 2009
Luigi Fogliani and Paolo Faberi visit the crops in one of the communities, together with several indigenous women of the 'Nueva Vida' Association. (UNV)
Chimborazo, Ecuador: Ecuadorian women looking to improve their livelihoods and food security have benefited from the business expertise of Italian volunteers working with the United Nations Volunteers programme. Read

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