By Prisca Adaeze Nenger
Kampala International University (KIU) is pleased to host the 2019 International Volunteers Day (IVD) 2019, under the theme “Volunteer for an inclusive future”. The event, which is scheduled to hold on Thursday 5th December 2019, will take place at the university main campus premises, in Kansanga-Ggaba Road, Kampala, Uganda, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (EAT).
The special guest of the day will be the United Nations (UN) resident representative; Ms. Elsie Attafuah, while the Guest of honour will be the Minister of State for Relief and Disaster Preparedness; Hon. Ecweru Musa Francis, among other notable personalities like the Ambassadors of United States, Japan and Korea respectively.
How IVD came about
The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development is commonly known as International Volunteer Day (IVD). The IVD came into existence under the directive of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 17th December 1985.
IVD presents an opportunity for volunteers to contribute their time and skills towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in turn, the socio-economic developments of the society and the world at large, through community involvement, at local, national and international levels.
The International Volunteer Day, which is also marked and supported by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, is celebrated by various non-governmental organizations NGO’s), civil society organizations (CSO’s), and the private sector, among others. That is why KIU is pleased to be part of this commemoration in 2019.
KIU management, therefore, welcomes staff, students and the public to be part of this commemorative event as we all join hands together to strengthen solidarity and inclusion in the society by volunteering to serve humanity in various capacities.