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Improving living conditions in Haiti
19 May 2016
As a UNV Water Sanitation Engineer, Riza Elfina supervises the water quality control laboratory and the installation of relevant water treatment plants. (UNV, 2016)
I joined the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti as a UN Volunteer one year after the devastating earthquake that struck the country in 2010. This tragic event motivated me to dedicate my time and experience to help restore a secure and stable environment in Haiti. I now serve as a UNV Water Sanitation Engineer, supervising the water quality control laboratory and the installation of relevant water treatment plants. Read
More about: Emergency relief  Health
Countries:  Haiti
Creating opportunities for Palestinian adolescents
11 May 2016
Chizuru Iwata, international UN Volunteer Adolescent Participation Officer in the State of Palestine.
“Adolescents can be powerful agents of change in communities,” says Chizuru Iwata, an international UN Volunteer from Japan, who worked with UNICEF as a UNV Adolescent Participation Officer in the State of Palestine. Read
More about: Youth
I volunteer to restore dignity to vulnerable women
06 May 2016
Jimmy Henry Nyingcho, UNV at the service of female refugees at the Minawao refugee camp in Maroua. (Fajong, UN Women, 2016)
"My dream is to end suffering in my community and the world and achieve gender equality… To see a world where every human right is respected by all and for women to be seen as partners, not as objects" says Jimmy Henry NYINGCHO, a national UN Volunteer with UN Women at the Minawao refugee camp in Maroua, Cameroon. Read
Countries:  Cameroon  Nigeria
Protecting India’s children
03 May 2016
Miho Yoshikawa, UNV Child Protection Officer in India.
Miho Yoshikawa, an international UN Volunteer from Japan, was stationed in India with UNICEF. As a UNV Child Protection Officer in UNICEF’s Delhi office, she was responsible for programme monitoring, assistance to the organization’s state offices, documentation and research. Read
Countries:  India  Japan
Acting for the respect of human rights
14 April 2016
Gaetane Cornet is a UN Volunteer serving as Human Rights Associate at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Quito. (UNV, 2016)
«All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights », declares the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. My work at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Quito, Ecuador, has mainly attempted to make this declaration a reality. Read
More about: Human rights
Countries:  Ecuador
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