Celebrating the value of volunteering in Somalia

Published: 19 May 2011 14:37 CET

by Faye Callaghan

This World Red Cross Red Crescent day, the Somali Red Crescent decided to literally show the value of volunteers by providing first aid demonstrations, and indicating their readiness to respond in an emergency.

Over 140 volunteers and staff took part in the activity which gave the public an idea of the work the Somali Red Crescent volunteers do in their country. The results of the social and economic value of volunteers survey, undertaken by the IFRC in 2010, were presented and provided evidence of the value of volunteering, not only in Somalia but across Africa.

“I encourage all of us to double our efforts of volunteering in order to reach more vulnerable communities in Somalia,” said Mohamed Abdulkadir, Somali Red Crescent disaster management and volunteer manager. Branch Secretary, Mohamud Ismail Ali, thanked the volunteers for their “tireless and humble hard work”. 

Following the first aid demonstration, a public lecture explained the history of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and provided an overview of the activities of the Somali Red Crescent. A visit was then made to the Shabelle and Riiga camps for internally displaced people, to promote a sanitation campaign planned for later this year.