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Forum report – June 2013
June 19, 2013
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(VF) under the auspices of Hands ON Harare (HOH) in partnership
with UNV and the US Public Affairs section held a one-day volunteer
forum in Harare on the 19th of June 2013. The forum was attended
by 68 community volunteers and representatives from Volunteer Involving
Organisations drawn from in and around Harare.
(VF) is a non-profit organisation by volunteers that strives to
promote volunteerism through empowerment, nurturing and protection
of volunteers as well as stakeholders in Zimbabwean communities
The VF leader Mr. Trymore
Karikoga said the Volunteer Forum sought to open discourse on volunteerism
and the volunteer climate in Zimbabwean communities and was also
expected to set the tone for a grass-root oriented Volunteer Conference
slated for November ahead of the 12th commemorations of The International
Volunteer Day on 05 December 2013. Karikoga said the Forum was a
platform that accord grass-root based volunteers the opportunity
to share experiences, successes, challenges and opportunities with
a view to improve the volunteer climate in the communities. He added
that it was also a unique opportunity for this category of volunteers
to interact with an assorted spectrum of development sector stakeholders
and to deliberate on issues concerning their areas of interface.
Karikoga said the conceptualization
of the organisation and its scope was conceived after the realization
that “it is through volunteerism that individuals and communities
are emancipated from different situations that they are or might
be engulfed in.”
the backbone of all worthwhile development endeavours,” he
The grass-root oriented
Volunteer Forum was supported by different stakeholders in the volunteer
sector and these include but not limited to, United Nations Volunteers
(UNV), United States Public Affairs Section and The UNV National
Committee on Volunteering for Development.
The Forum was a result
of various community volunteer consultative meetings that were held
by Volunteers Federation (VF) from May to June 2013 in different
communities across the Capital City.
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