WYAA Alumnae at the UN, Nairobi Headquarters’ National Volunteer Week

On Friday 30th November, 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, three WYA alumnae; Violet Ombaka, Wendy Eddah and Leila Kamweru; represented the World Youth Alliance Africa during the launch of the National Volunteer week in Kenya which will run from 30th November to 5th December. This year’s theme is “Volunteers Build Resilient Communities”.


During the launch, the Cabinet Secretary from the Ministry for Labour and Social Protection Hon. Ambassador Ukur Yatani Kanacho made a Statement where he commended all the volunteers responding selflessly to people’s needs in a wide range of crisis situations in the country. Kenya’s Cabinet has approved the move for the implementation of a National Volunteerism Bill which will recognise all forms of volunteerism in the country, give regulations and provide guidance. It is set to become a law by mid next year. The bill was drafted in a bid to ensure that the country has a more technical and organised way of conducting volunteerism and measuring the impact of volunteerism in the society.

International Volunteer Day (IVD) was designated by the United Nations in 1985, and is held every year on the 5th of December as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

In this context, and in line with the 2018 IVD theme, UNV Kenya will participate in the following major integrated activities in addition to supporting other government activities namely[1]:

  1. Launch of the National Volunteer Week at UN Gigiri on 30th November, 2018
  2. Participate in celebrations of the Disability Day on 3rd December 2018
  3. Volunteer of the Year Award (VOYA) Gala Night on 5th December 2018

[1] Courtesy: http://www.socialprotection.go.ke/international-volunteer-day-ivd-2018/ [accessed on 3rd December, 2018 at 4:15pm]

Written by Leila Kamweru, WYAA Intern Alumna