Raleigh Tanzania Society Celebrates International Volunteer Day 2017

11th December 2017

 

Every December the 5th the world commemorates International Volunteer Day which brings together people, local NGOs and everyone who has heart to volunteer. Raleigh Tanzania has joined hands with other charity organisations like Nipe Fagio, Restless Development Tanzania,   Volunteer Services Overseas to participate in an event hosted by the UN.

Our campaign for International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2017, “Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere.”, celebrated worldwide is a recognition of the positive solidarity of volunteers around the world who answer calls in times of crisis, helping save lives today and supporting those who want to continue living their lives with dignity tomorrow. This reflects to what Raleigh Tanzania does with volunteers from United Kingdom and Tanzania who come together to challenge themselves to change the world.

Following this year’s slogan our volunteers had an opportunity to share some experiences from their placements as volunteers with Raleigh Tanzania.

Pius Matunge, a member of Raleigh Tanzania Society and Raleigh Alumnus who volunteered with Raleigh in 2014 (July to September), is currently managing a funded project called “Mimi na Mazingira” which translates to “Me and the Environment” under his NGO – Tengeneza Generation, he was got an opportunity to share his experience with United Nation- Tanzania  since he started volunteering with Raleigh Tanzania, how he uses his experience to share with others to change communities and fight against Climate change. As an alumnus and a member of Youth Advisory Panel for Department for International Development (DFID) he promotes and raises awareness to communities on Climate Action, Goal 13.

Pius Matunge, member of Raleigh Society and director of TEG

He said, “Volunteers help leave no one behind by reaching out to people, including those marginalized or places which are difficult to reach, when someone volunteers he/she brings people’s voices and knowledge into collective actions. It is crucial to build ownership and localize the Sustainable Development Goals. Volunteer organizations can serve as brokers of engagement, connecting governmental strategies. Young people in Tanzania need to use their skills and knowledge to attain the SDGs”.

Raleigh Tanzania Society now has more than 1800 volunteers who have been engaging different projects in small and medium enterprises in Tanzania. The continuation of these volunteers’ activities has been phenomenal and making the difference from different parts of Tanzania. Due to a big number of alumni Raleigh Tanzania Society has five (5) zones. It is even more encouraging to hear all the experiences and motivations they gained from meeting and sharing with different people.

This event did not only aim to commemorate International Volunteer Day but its was an opportunity to call young people all over the world to see the power of volunteering as an opportunity to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. As young people, in most developing countries like Tanzania where about  60% of the entire population is said to be of 15-35 of age,therefore they  have a chance to stand up and raise their voices over issues concerning their welfare and climate. This will increase the morale to participate in decision making in all levels.

Acley Mremi, a Youth Engagement and Alumni Officer for Raleigh Tanzania

Having volunteered with Raleigh Tanzania in 2013, Acley works for Raleigh Tanzania main office  as a Youth Engagement Officer, his role is to help volunteers complete their Action at Home after the project. He enjoys working with young volunteers and appreciates all the work done by young people in Tanzania through volunteering.

He said, “this day marks the International Volunteers Day to all the young people in the world who shares their time, energy and commitment to work and challenge themselves to help people and communities. Improving the social life of people especially the marginalised groups of women and children in rural Tanzania is very important because it saves not only their rights to live but also fosters the development within.

Why do we volunteer?

Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Volunteering and helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help others those in need and improve your health and happiness. Let’s keep volunteering .

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