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OVER 500 Youth Celebrate International Volunteer Day 2012 In Liberia

Over 500 youths from five communities in Montserrado County has
celebrated this year International Volunteer Day in Liberia, the event
was organized by the Consolidated Youth for Peace & Development
(COYPED) with funding from the United States Embassy in Monrovia.

The Consolidated Youth for Peace & Development (COYPED), United States
Embassy-Monrovia and partners celebrate on December 7-8 and carry out
series of activities commencing with a parade on Friday, December 7
from the Ministry of Education on Broad Street to the YMCA conference
hall in Monrovia where a formal program was held.

The Indoor program brought together over 100 participants including
the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac who
served as Keynote Speaker. Other personalities that attended the
occasion were Representative Munah Pelham of District # 9 Montserrado
County, Hon. Albert Jaja Assistant Minister for Information Services
at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs & Tourism, Mohammed A.
Nasser, President of the Federation of Liberian Youth including
national non-governmental organizations, youth and women groups,
students and other stakeholders.

Speaking at the event on December 7, 2012 the United States Ambassador
to Liberia, Deborah Malac called on citizens especially the youths to
engage into voluntary activities that will promote education, health,
peace and reconciliation in the country.

Ambassador Malac further stressed that volunteerism is critical to
nation building processes and inform the gathering that there are
dozens of Americans who are currently volunteering in Liberia with the
peace corp.

For her part the Montserrado County District # 9 Lawmaker, Honorable
Munah Pelham commended the US Embassy-Monrovia for supporting
youth-led initiatives in the country. Representative Pelham furthered
asserted that citizens should actively get involve into community
services because government cannot and will not be able to do all.

Also speaking at the event the, the Assistant Minister for Information
Services at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs & Tourism,
Hon. Albert Jaja said that it is time for young people to get involve
in voluntary activities with in their communities focusing on
education, community services amongst others.

Also making remarks at the 2012 International Volunteer Day
celebration, the President of the Federation of Liberian Youth,
Mohammed A. Nasser expressed commended the US Embassy for their
continue  support to the young people of Liberia especially funding
such a program that is gear towards promoting volunteerism across the
country.

In continuation of the celebration, on Saturday, December 8, a massive
cleaning up campaign was carry out simultaneously in five communities
across Montserrado County the communities includes New Kru Town, West
Point,   Central Monrovia, Sinkor, and Paynesville.

The cleaning up campaigns was carryout by Consolidated Youth for Peace
& Development (COYPED) and five community based youth organizations.
The organizations are Youth Exploring Solutions of Paynesville, West
Point Intellectual Forum, Inc of West Point, Coalition of Islamic
Youth Organizations in Liberia of Central Monrovia, Youth Federation
for World Peace of Sinkor and the Point four Haita Athletic Social &
Intellectual Organization of New Kru Town.

Staff of the US Embassy-Monrovia headed by the Public Affairs Officer
Madam Sally Hodgson also participated in the cleaning up campaign. The
US Embassy Team visited West Point, Central Monrovia, Sinkor and
Paynesville.

According to COYPED executive director, James Koryor each year UN
General Assembly invites governments to observe the International
Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development on December 5.

The COYPED boss further stated that International Volunteer Day (IVD)
was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985 and is
now celebrated worldwide with thousands of volunteers involved in a
range of IVD initiatives including clean-up campaigns, conferences,
exhibitions, morning teas and many other activities all aimed to
highlight the role of volunteers in their communities.

Mr. Koryor also asserted that IVD offers an opportunity for volunteer
organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their
contributions – at local, national and international levels to the
achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The COYPED executive director further stated that this year event was
celebrated under the local theme: Promoting Peace & Reconciliation
through volunteerism.

James Koryor is the Executive Director of Consolidated Youth for Peace and Development, Liberia

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