Stories of national UN Volunteers in Zimbabwe

Two national UN Volunteers working for a UNDP project in Zimbabwe saw their efforts pay off when the livelihood of a local community they were supporting started improving. What these two national UN Volunteeers were not expecting was that their contribution brought to them something in return that was even more valuable: a feeling of joy and a connection to other people.

Daisy Bizeki, national UN Volunteer and project coordinator for UNDP, says that volunteerism has been "a joyful journey". Thanks to UNDP and the provision of a fishing rig, she helped a local community grow its income. "It brings joy to me, so I enjoy being a volunteer," she says.

Mthandazo Maphosa, national UN Volunteer and UNDP programme liaison officer seems to agree: "The joy of being a volunteer is working with communities and seeing them transforming to another level, especially seeing their income streams growing," he says.