On 5 December 2016 - To mark the International Volunteers Day, UNAMID peacekeepers joined United Nations volunteers throughout Darfur in a series of activities aimed at supporting local communities.

Themed Global Applause � give volunteers a hand, UNAMID international and national volunteers in collaboration with other UNAMID personnel, distributed supplies to various schools and held clean up campaigns in internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps.

In El Daein, East Darfur, 600 female students of Al-Madina Al- Munawara Basic School for Girls, mostly orphans and those affected by the decade-long darfur conflict, received school bags, exercise books, pencils among other items.

Ambassador William John Joof, a United Nations volunteer (UNV) based in El Daein encouraged the students to focus on their studies so that they can contribute meaningfully to peace, stability and development of Sudan.

He urged them to look up to the national UNVs as role models and believe that despite the challenges they face, nothing is impossible for them to achieve.

Also speaking at the event, school headmistress Ms. Halima Jamal Ibrahim thanked the UNVs for their timely intervention to students whom she noted desperately need assistance. She expressed hope that the students would continue to enjoy the support and mentorship of UNAMID personnel.

Ms. Ibrahim also used the occasion to encourage the students to strive to attain excellence in their academic pursuits.

Seperately in other states of Darfur, UNAMID peacekeepers donated stationary sets, exercise books, blackboards, chairs and tables to the basic school in Gid Haboob village about 8 km east of Nyala town, South Darfur.

At the Al Salam IDP Camp in El Fasher, North Darfur and the Hissahisa Camp, Zalinge, Central Darfur, civilian, military and police personnel joined hands in clean up campaigns.

International Volunteers Day was designated by the United Nations in 1985 to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organizations, to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities.

Source: African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

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