The International Volunteer Day is held each year on 5 December and is a unique chance for all organizations and volunteers worldwide to celebrate their efforts and promote their work. Volunteers are at the heart of all Red Cross activities and Malagasy Red Cross currently have close to 14 300 volunteers who strive to improve the lives of vulnerable people within their communities.
To mark the International Volunteer Day, Malagasy Red Cross organized a national camp to create a platform for exchange of experience between its volunteers. From the 3rd to the 5th of December, more than 100 volunteers from all over the country had the chance to increase their knowledge about the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Further, the volunteers could strengthen their capacity in various fields of Malagasy Red Cross activities through workshops and interactive sessions. The camp also provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the various challenges of the humanitarian world and the areas of intervention where Red Cross National Societies work. Topics that were raised included migration, risk and disaster management and promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence.
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and interact with so many engaged volunteers. We are proud to be a part of an organization with volunteers committed to saving lives and changing minds. The camp was an inspiring experience for us, as well as a reminder of the rich diversity Red Cross volunteers represent. Finally, we want to thank everyone who contributed to make this year’s celebration of the International Volunteer Day a memorable event.