Yoth volunteers awarded
Dibya Raj Poudel
Nepal Red Cross youth volunteers Mr. Narayan Shrestha and Mr. Rajan Shrivastav got the International Volunteer Day V-Awards 2017 on the occasion of International Volunteer Day (IVD) December 5. The award programme with a theme 'volunteering in times of crisis: resilience and solidarity' was jointly organized by UNV, VSO, Peace Corps, JICA, KOICA, CECI and RUNVAN in Nepal.
Shrestha and Shrivastav were among the top three winners who were awarded cash prizes of 50,000 each and certificates. Another awardee was Sajana Sunar of Surkhet.
The first recipient Shrestha, popularly known as Ambulance Uncle, was awarded for his outstanding contribution in rescue works during Nepal earthquake, 2015 and Trishuli Bus accident, 2017. The second recipient Shrivastav is active in social media for motivating youths towards blood donation. Likewise Sunar is a volunteer engaged in the area of child protection and anti-discrimination activities.
NRCS Secretary General Dev Ratna Dhakhwa Says- NRCS has more than 100 thousands volunteers and it feels proud to have inspiring and committed volunteers.
The global event's celebration in Nepal was marked by the UN organising a talk programme in the capital. Various issues including tackling the challenges in the areas of food security, youth engagement, social inclusion and private sector responsibility to development were discussed in the programme.
UNV along with the other organizations in Nepal had called for photographs, accompanied by a story related to this year’s theme, stating personal and organization’s contribution as a volunteer. The 20 best submissions were displayed at a public exhibition in Kathmandu on December 2 and on social media.
The organizing committee says-The day is an opportunity to raise awareness of volunteer contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels, and to encourage others to join in.