2018 THEME: Your Health is My Health
DATE: August 12th-18th, 2018
Africa Voluntering Week Overview
If there is one thing you have contributed to the development of your community, what is it?
On the contrary, take your time to reflect back and asked yourself whether your community has not contribute to your well being. Though it might not be tangible, but think about the peace in your community, the communal living you enjoyed as a child, the moral lessons you learnt from storytelling by the aged and the one your neighbor taught you, just to mention few.
As you request for more and better job, education and social empowerment, we think the development directly affect you when it happened first from your immediate community. But no one will make it happen except you.
One major way you can do this is through volunteering. It is a means for you to invest back to the society. No one is useless. The little you have, you know, you have acquire, you’ve gathered can help another one only when you’re willing to share.
It is against this background we initiate the Africa Volunteering Week.
What is Africa Volunteering Week?
Africa Volunteering Week is a time to rekindles the spirit and power of volunteerism across the Africa globe in every faucet of life. We believe volunteering is no respecter of age, geographic location, gender, educational background or financial status. Volunteerism is a unifying force that brings people together; break local and global barriers establish trust and friendship and open endless doors of opportunities to people.
Africa Volunteering Week challenges people to do volunteering activities both offline (face-to-face) or online as long as it impact any Africa communities. Africa Volunteering Week aim to inspire citizens, organizations and government to promote sharing, investing and contribution of one’s skills, time as well as resources which is required to strengthen individual and institution capacity for the purpose of gaining social, cultural, political and economic inclusion and participation.
Africa Volunteering Week — August 12th-18th every year.
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?
An individual or group of individuals, whether an African or not, as long as you can invest your time, skills, experience and energy to positively impact an individual or your community in Africa. We encourage the youth, adolescent and adult, whether unemployed, employed or retired to participate in this volunteering program.
WHY SHOULD I VOLUNTEER?
It has been said that success belong to doer’s not mere knower’s. AVW is an opportunity for unemployed youth to do what he or she knows. It help you to gain practical experience as well as build the resume of you as a volunteer.
For an employed or an employer, it is an opportunity to share their practical experience or invest back into the society what they have learnt. Beyond this, it help retiree health wise as they engaged in any activities they so desire.
Financial incentive might be available or not, but one sure gain for you is that you have contributed to the inclusive development of an individual, organisation or your community.
WHERE CAN I VOLUNTEER?
Volunteering can take place anywhere. It can be a physical activities (face to face) or online. However, we urge you to volunteer within the yearly theme chosen by the Africa Volunteering Week to plan and design your volunteering activities or event as individuals or organization.This could be a formal or informal education setting. There are numerous activities you can do to volunteer and you don’t need to be a lecturer, teacher, be wealthy or high profile person to do this. Join our community and also view and download Africa Volunteering Week Toolkit to get you started.
When can I Volunteer?
Africa Volunteering Week will be taking place between August 12th-18th every year. During this week, you can choose a day(s) or the entire week to volunteer your skills or create and event around volunteering in your community. Join our community and also download free Africa Volunteering Week Toolkit to help you kick-start your volunteer activities.
AFRICA VOLUNTEERING WEEK 2018
2018 THEME: Your Health is My Health
DATE: August 12th-18th, 2018
1 WEEK 54 COUNTRIES 100 ACTIVITIES 100,000 VOLUNTEERS
You are reading this because you are alive. You are alive because you have sound health. you have sound health because you have been conscious of your life style, whereas this positive life style of yours is worthy of knowing and inculcating by others only if you can pass it unto another person.
If you agree to the statement above, I am calling on you to participate in the 2018 African Volunteering Week by contributing your skills and resources positively to the sound health of someone or group of people around you through volunteering.
This year African Volunteering Week (AVWeek) theme is: Your health is my health. We are promoting good public health practices owing to the numerous health challenges Africans are facing – malaria, Maternal newborn child health, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, measles, cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, malnutrition, bird flu, poliomyelitis etc. which can be prevented if we imbibe sound healthy behaviours
Most of these are either transmissible, communicable or non-communicable disease and they can be prevented if we imbibe sound personal hygiene, tidy environment and take in balanced diet.
The health of people around you and your environment largely contribute to your health and that’s why it’s important you participate in this year volunteering. As little as bringing children in your compound together to enlighten them the importance of hand wash/personal hygiene together with preventive measures, bringing your colleagues at office, church or mosque to clean a location like IDP centers, public facilities (garage, schools) etc. will go a long way in volunteering this year.
In fact, you can visit orphanage/disability homes to motivate them to boost their mental health, visit garage or market to enlighten drivers or market women respectively on preventive public health tips, go on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram to organise a live chat/twitter dialogue to educate people on your timeline on healthy behavioural pattern… just to mention few, posterity will surely reward you for contributing positively to the health of someone or people around you.
African Volunteering Week comes up every year from August 12 – 19 and anyone who has the skills or knowledge around our theme is free to volunteer his/her time, skills and resources to empower African or any Africa society provided it will be impactful positively.
You want to know how you can volunteer and your reward, read on…
In case you don’t know, Africa Volunteering Week is a period to rekindles the spirit and power of volunteerism across the Africa globe in every faucet of life. We believe volunteering is no respecter of age, geographic location, gender, educational background or financial status. Volunteerism is a unifying force that brings people together; break local and global barriers establish trust and friendship and open endless doors of opportunities to people. African Volunteering Week challenge people to do volunteering activities both offline (face-to-face) or online as long as it impact any Africa communities.
HOW CAN MY ORGANIZATION PARTICIPATE IN AFRICA VOLUNTEERING WEEK ?
You need to join Africa Volunteering Week community in other to access and download all information and material needed for you or your organization to participate in Africa Volunteering Week
For Group or Organization Hosting A Volunteering Event/Activities
Identify audience for your Volunteering Event/Activities
Develop an agenda for your Volunteering Event/Activities
Plan the logistics of your event for Volunteering Event/Activities
Find a location to host your event and decide on Volunteering Event/Activities
Here some options:
Hands-on community event/activities
Stream the videos relating to the skills you want to share
Print and distribute the informational materials
Promote your Africa Volunteering Week Event/Activities
Create your event with us on Africa Volunteering Week at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/africavolunteeringweek
Invite friends through your event invitation, and consider adding a post to the Africa Volunteering Week news-feed.
Send an email, WhatsApp message or SMS to friends, family and others in your network inviting them to your Africa Volunteering Week #AVW event.
Be sure to provide all the relevant details
Summary & Report Back your Volunteering Event/Activities to with World.
Tell us how your event went via the #AVW feedback form (available at https://www.facebook.com/groups/africavolunteeringweek
We encourage pictures taken during all volunteering event to be share with us via Facebook group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/africavolunteeringweek by creating an album to showcase your great work to the world.
Share your success on the Africa Volunteering Week Facebook Group page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/africavolunteeringweek) to inspire others to volunteer or host a volunteer event in their community.
FOR PARTNERSHIP & SPONSORSHIP
Africa Volunteering Week welcome private & public organization and media to partner with in instilling the power of volunteerism in African for every community and capacity development.
Topsie Olatilewa E. or Rasak Adekoya at