Today December 5th, people around the world are celebrating the contributions Volunteers make to humanity. The International Volunteer Day (IVD) was declared by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes that volunteering can be a powerful means of making our world a more peaceful, inclusive, and sustainable one – for this generation and for generations to come.
Bo-Mme le bo-Ntate,
This year’s celebration has been placed under the theme: “Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere”. This provides opportunities to recognize the solidarity of volunteers around the world who answer calls in times of crisis, saving lives today and supporting more lives tomorrow. The International Volunteer Day therefore gives us an opportunity to celebrate, but more so to raise awareness on the role that volunteers play as first responders in times of crisis.
I wish to use this opportunity to recognize individual volunteers, young people, philanthropic organizations and private sector for offering their time, skills and knowledge at community, national and international levels to advance humanity. You are part of the more than one billion people who act first to help people in need.
Here in Lesotho, Volunteerism has been an integral part of the culture infused with values such as Ubuntu - I am, because you are; and rooted in our community daily practices of belonging and caring for one another.
Bo Mme le bo-Ntate,
Around the world, The number of people affected by humanitarian crises triggered by armed conflicts, natural disasters, health emergencies and food shortages is growing by the day. In times such as these, volunteers have often been the first to offer support when crisis hits. Volunteers deliver hope to communities, they provide structure when there is none, they offer critical resources, they protect lives and they alleviate suffering. They uphold human dignity.
Finally, today 5th December, is a time to take stock and celebrate the efforts of all volunteers, Here, everywhere. For these reasons, I would like to express my gratitude and admiration for the volunteers working in Lesotho, who are tirelessly working to “Leave no one behind”. They represent a beautiful example for us all.
#VolunteersActFirst. Here. Everywhere.
Khotso Pula Nala!