The Enhancing volunteer efforts Initiative provides supports and encouragements to create opportunities for underserved community youths and students to create ripple effect of future leaders.
Our goal is to improve the quality of life through empowering local volunteer efforts, education and awareness, and, provide scholarship to curb their services to help poor vulnerable children, pregnant women and elderly worldwide as a realistic way to financial, health and development securities.
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The Millennium Development Goal targets can be easily met when volunteerism is practiced by both citizens of advanced countries and the host developing countries as each party has a huge task of melting the causes especially at the region to which empowerment is mandatory. International volunteering organizations presents several ways to get involved and support global development opportunities, and people in advanced nations have a rich and long-standing history of volunteering both at domestic and international levels. However, promoting the values of volunteerism by encouraging and supporting indigenous people to volunteer within to give back to their community and making a positive difference has a major impact in creating self-sufficient local community heroes.
Encouraging volunteerism at both domestic and international levels within citizens of both the developed and developing countries is valuable as it enables individuals to acquire advance experience, novel skills, get-together with new people, expand ones network, help friends and total strangers or promote an eloquent activity. Similarly volunteering empowers individuals, organizations and communities to tackle poverty, take control over their own lives, while fostering solidarity between people of different backgrounds, cultures, customs and traditions. It is evident that in the absence of empowerment of volunteer effort amongst the rural community populations, the development impact of international volunteer’s cannot be maximized within the scope set forth.
Kofi Annan affirmed that “At the core of volunteerism remain the ideals of service and solidarity and the conviction that together we can make the world better”. Herewith POHOFI elaborates that “empowering indigenous community folks to volunteer their services for local community benefit will enhance the impact of international volunteers as it may assist in defining and prioritizing their needs and forge ways to lift themselves out of the grasps of poverty and suffering”.
Empowering indigenous community folks to Volunteerism not only have benefits for their communities served, but also build their volunteering capacity, whether locally or abroad. Volunteering efforts can help individuals who are unemployed or graduates to, expand their skills and reintegrate into the labor market, and the experience gained can provide an invaluable stepping stone toward meaningful employment.
In many developing countries such as Cameroon where volunteering and internship by graduates and unemployed could provide vital support to organizational sectors in several capacities including administration, campaigns, fundraising and outreach, this is not the case. In contrast, domestic volunteering receives relatively little attention, even though being invaluable for the effective running of community growth and international volunteer impacts.
“Empowering volunteers from the same cultural background to work alongside those from different background will be an inspiring mutual learning experience. The standpoints of people from same background working with those from a diverse experience help in understanding and tackling problems differently, as well as structuring strategic planning towards brainstorming solution. As we have learned from our actions that local volunteers also convey with them new perception and learning.” – Difang Walters, Co-Founder and Human Resource Director, POHOFCAM.
While international volunteering has many positive outcomes, there are also potential drawbacks to the hosts communities if their basic needs are not identified and prioritized. The prerequisites for international volunteers to make use of the prioritized needs of their host partner and community must be well agreed upon.
Investing on training local volunteer team leaders is nurturing for future development as it will allow them take charge of their basic need hence forth. Thus the prioritization need of indigenous people should be enhanced through the inclusion of role model youth and students to foster volunteer efforts within their circles. This way it will facilitate the role and impact of international volunteers in providing the necessary education required for them to take charge of their problems in a sustainable manner.
POHOFI was inspired by the impact of volunteering effort during its health mission campaign in Cameroon where university students and community supporters of POHOFCAM-PRUDHWERA assisted in the delivery of the BriSOHEP and Elderly HealthCare projects to improve its outreach and mission to the marginalized communities and also introduced us to much needy communities. One student volunteer constantly recounted to us and encouraged us to visit the people along the bank of the river Mbam in the central region of Cameroon who are massively suffering from river blindness. When visiting these villages, we were outrageously appalled and compelled to act for relief and are now putting together a Vision Aid-Care Initiative (VACI) to collaborate and liaise with other nonprofits and supporters on negotiating possible aid to these communities. This connection significantly helped reach out and hear the plight of these severely affected needy masses suffering from river blindness, and project is currently under construction to be released in future publications.
“ It was a unique chance for me to gain volunteer experience and exposure in the communities and to understand the struggles hinterland while interact and learn from these grassroots development actions in Cameroon”. Words are not sufficient to express my feelings, but the pleasure, satisfaction, veneration and self-determination that I had relished helping, saving and touching needy people’s lives as a volunteer are unmatched. I appreciate this idea of POHOFCAM-POHOFI and thank God for the opportunity.” – Albert Yemkap, a university student who volunteered more than 800 hours during POHOFI-POHOFCAM November-December 2013 joint mission trip events to Cameroon.
The volunteer Albert Yemkap, is a master’s degree student at the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon, and his contribution to impacting the lives of many children, women and elderly and in discovering a prospective public health concern target in Cameroon was commendable. After this experience, he and other volunteers affirmed to redirect their summer vacation activities to humanitarian philanthropic services to those suffering most. To work towards this goal, he and few others are already seeking funding to enroll in an online course in Development and volunteering efforts. Currently, we are tasked with developing a funding strategy for the Empowerment of local Volunteer effort within indigenous communities in Cameroon and other resource-poor countries and are now searching for potential donors.
Please connect with us to sponsor and empower this program in other resource limited communities! Such concept is well developed in other sub-Saharan African countries like the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the (NYCS) Nigerian Youth Copper Service, which prepares young graduates for professional life prior to obtaining meaningful employment. Recently in Cameroon, in view of enhancing capacity building, Mr. Justin E. Fomanka, the new chairman of the board of Director of POHOFCAM being a visionary philanthropist shortlisted Albert Yemkams Volunteer effort program after receiving further training.
“Today, POHOFI cooperates with its partners to build the capacities of indigenous people including women, youths and young adults to ensure their full participation, and recognizes the efforts of those who are working to promote volunteerism and inclusion in their community’s development” –Sohinderjit Singh, Vice president of POHOFI.
Notwithstanding these judgments, for those working in the different fields of development towards ending poverty and hunger, volunteerism is progressively a means for marginalized people, to take their first steps on the road to social inclusion and full economic, educational and political participation in their people’s mainstream.
Help us make changes that prepare them as future lead volunteers and heroes.