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Volunteer Forum report – June 2013
UN Volunteers

June 19, 2013

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Summary

Volunteers Federation (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.

Volunteers Federation (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 and beyond.

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.”

“Volunteerism is the backbone of all worthwhile development endeavours,” he said.

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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