Volunteerism and community
The International Volunteer day is celebrated throughout the world on the 5th of December to provide appropriate platform for the agencies and organizations to display their contributions to development at local, national and international levels. By merging UN support with a grassroots mandate, the day is a unique opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, community groups and the private sector.
The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly through resolution on the 17th of December 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on 5 December.
UNV pursues global recognition of volunteers for peace and development, encourages the integration of volunteerism into development programmes, and promotes the mobilization of increasing numbers and greater diversity of volunteers contributing to peace and development.
It also helps to organize and run local and national elections and support a large number of peacekeeping and humanitarian projects. UN Volunteers comprise one third of all international civilians working in UN peacekeeping operations.
In Bhutan the collaboration is the same and as we celebrate the International Volunteer Day in the clock tower square, the award ceremony was quite touching. It was the time to thank for all the volunteers who has worked as teacher, nurses and horticulturist in the remote Bhutanese village with bare necessaries. The volunteer who help collect old clothes and distributed to the poor was applaud able. The volunteers has forgone their comforts and made the life of other people easier. Many thanks for their selfless service and appreciate their valuable contribution made to the society.
However the bigger message is that are we inculcating the habit of volunteerism in our society or are we all still self-centered as we are before. As we celebrate the day we must ponder over the lessons we have learned from our UNV teachers and JICA volunteer who look after your sick child. We need to learn from them and appreciate the ways we are being served, nurtured and polished to become a better human being. As what was the theme of the International Volunteer Day this year - Make change happen, volunteer, be a volunteer in the little way we can and be a responsible citizens.