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Large changes through little steps
22 February 2016
Ukraine: We all joined the UN because we wanted to work for a good cause and believed in the huge value of volunteerism. We don’t do it for money or presitge.

Volunteerism provides you with a sense of purpose or the feeling of being part of something larger than yourself. It provides you with an opportunity to contribute your part to good causes while at the same time learn new skills and meet amazing people.

It allows you to touch people’s lives and to be part of the progress and development of your country and the whole world. 
Countries:  Ukraine
Fighting stigma and discrimination
01 December 2015
Yekaterina Totskaya (centre) is a UN Volunteer serving as Advocacy, Information and Communication Specialist with UNAIDS in Uzbekistan. (UNV, 2015)
Tashkent, Uzbekistan: During my assignment as a UN Volunteer, I was able to share my passion and knowledge with youth who also joined the campaign through various contests, participated and/or organized charity events, and were taken with the spirit of volunteerism for the betterment of humanity.

The power of volunteerism is deeply inspiring. The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme creates opportunities for people to tap into this power and share it with everyone around, while working for the benefit of all and leaving no one behind. Read
More about: HIV/AIDS  Health
Working for wellbeing and peace
19 August 2015
Nabira Djiemuratova (right), national UN Volunteer Training Coordination Specialist, raises awareness amongst communities in Karakalpakstan about tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases. (UNV, 2015)
Nukus, Uzbekistan: For me, the most rewarding part of my work is to know that it brings benefits and a positive impact for my community. I understand that volunteering can join up people and partners in order to achieve wellbeing and peace in the world. Read
More about: Health
A desire to help others
19 August 2015
Sulayman Gulmanov Djumabaevich (left) is a national UN Volunteer PR-specialist working in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan. (UNV, 2015)
Nukus, Uzbekistan: The main task of my work is to cover the activities and make them visible in the media, promote the results of the work of the volunteers, and ensure good public relations. Raising public awareness about volunteering and about the volunteers’ contributions in ensuring people’s health are key to establishing trusted relationships with partners. This makes people better understand humanitarian activitiesand give their support for the continuity and extension of humanitarian work. Read
Sustaining Livelihoods Affected by the Aral Sea Disaster
11 June 2015
Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan: Sustaining Livelihoods Affected by the Aral Sea Disaster is a joint UN Programme of five UN Agencies (UNDP, WHO, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNV) and local authorities of Uzbekistan to improve the welfare of the most vulnerable groups due to Aral Sea ecological crisis in the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan within Uzbekistan. The health component of the UN Joint Program targets at enhancing the capacity of primary health care workers to meet the health consequences of the Aral Sea environmental disaster with a specific focus on addressing the needs of women and the youth. UN Joint Programme is implemented by UN Uzbekistan. The project is funded by United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security. Read
More about: Health  MDGs: General

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