Xinzhuang is in Changping District of Beijing. Located at the foot of the Yanshan Mountains, this area has about 2,000 residents, 60% of whom are non-locals. The “newcomers” settle here to take their children to a local school. The rest of the population are mostly farmers, as the village is one of the main suppliers of strawberries to Beijing. Xinzhuang village is a typical rural community with basic public services for waste and sanitation. But things changed after an incident in the village.
For almost five decades, advocates in civil society and the United Nations have been raising awareness and advocating for the protection of our environment on World Environment Day. The theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution, and the host country for is India, where UN Environment this year is helping to highlight the environmental challenges the country faces, and support the efforts to address them.
The community radio project helps improve access to information and public services for marginalized rural communities. The radio stations are entirely run by volunteers from the communities, a diverse bunch of inspired, mostly young people, eager to learn and contribute their time and energy. They know the communities, people and various ethnic languages.
The initiatives awarded under the Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge featured youth engaging volunteers to address social issues with the help of private sector volunteering – the SAP staff members who provided mentorships were also volunteers. The three-month mentorships enabled grantees to scale up their projects in the areas of environment, people with disabilities, and women’s economic empowerment within urban contexts, with a focus on leveraging volunteering for the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UN Women and UN Volunteers launched a community-focused radio project in Quetta, Pakistan, in 2017. The aim of this project was to empower women through community focused-radio and volunteerism. It engaged marginalized women and youth in two towns, and established establish community-based radio programmes for entertainment, information and education purposes.
I am a volunteer.
Most often than not the response I get sounds like ‘You are just doing something for free? Girl you should get a real job’ or ‘So you hand out fliers every day?’
Mmm.. Not really.
Je suis un volontaire.
Le plus souvent, la réponse que je reçois ressemble à «Vous faites juste quelque chose gratuitement? Fille tu devrais avoir un vrai travail » ou « Alors tu distribues des dépliants tous les jours? »
Mmm .. Pas vraiment.
Con mucha frecuencia, escucho decir: “¿Solo trabajas gratis? Necesitas conseguirte un trabajo de verdad” o “Entonces, ¿entregas volantes todo el día?”
Mmm... En realidad, no.
Alors que tout a commencé par un réseau informel d’assistance aux populations dans le besoin, beaucoup de volontaires sont maintenant hautement organisés et jouent un rôle fondamental dans les initiatives humanitaires et de développement à travers les organisations, les clubs et les groups qui émergent dans le monde entier. En reconnaissance de leurs contributions, les gouvernements ont mis en place des actions pour promouvoir le volontariat en renforçant les politiques et les institutions et en augmentant le financement des structures de soutien aux volontaires.