Five years ago today, to mark the UN’s International Volunteer Day, Challenges Worldwide posted this blog to pay tribute to over 600 volunteers who had volunteered internationally with Challenges Worldwide. Five years on from this publication presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on the incredible work that the new generation of Challenges Worldwide volunteers have engaged in and the tangible impact their efforts have achieved.
The most notable project we have been working on is in the delivery of the DFID funded International Citizen Service Programme, ICS.
Through the ICS programme, ChallengesWorldwide has worked with over 350 18-25 year old volunteers from the UK, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia. Their natural capability and dedication to the programme has succeeded in assisting over 150 businesses across three host countries. The collateral impact of the work of these volunteers has been vast.
The list below highlights a fraction of the work our volunteers have made possible:
- 150 business diagnostics carried out across 150 small to medium sized enterprises.
- In becoming an accredited body of CMI we have supported over 200 learners across 6 different to achieve a professional qualification in Project interventions and managing client relationships.
- Our expert mentors continue to employ their wealth of experience to deliver practical and insightful business support to SMEs across the developing world.
- Over 250 volunteers have completed some Action at Home and engaged as active citizens back in the UK, sharing their stories and participating in community groups, social enterprises or charity work.
Challenges Worldwide:ICS volunteers are Changemakers. Over the next five years we will continue to build on the work of previous volunteers and learn from the challenges and experiences. We look forward to blogging in 2020, where we will have the opportunity to reflect on the work of the next generation of ICS volunteers and evaluate the long term impact they have made to the developing economies of our three host nations.
Five years on and volunteers are still at the heart of our work. To all Challenges Worldwide and ICS volunteers,
Challenges Worldwide would like to mark International Volunteer Day by paying tribute to over 600 volunteers who have volunteered with Challenges over the past 10 years. International Volunteer Day is celebrated each year on the 5thDecember. The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985 and is now celebrated globally. As UN volunteers state: “International Volunteer Day (IVD) is a chance for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to promote their contributions to development at local, national and international levels.”
On the 23rd November, Challenges officially celebrated its tenth anniversary where we acknowledged the contribution of our volunteers to social enterprise and public sector in developing countries.
Over the past 10 years, we have sent over 600 experienced business professionals to work in more than 35 countries with more than 150 organisations – our volunteers have given more than 40,000 days of professional time, worth more than £20m GBP, in support of our partner organisations.
Our volunteers have helped:
- Build stronger NGOs – such as environmental, worker’s rights and human rightsorganisations
- Grow Social Enterprises – such as microfinance, renewable energy and fair trade organisations
- Social Businesses in achieving investment – for example MRHP in Tanzania received $150,000 to help establish their brick making organisation, or more recently almost $1m USD into a peanut co-operative in Malawi
- Develop more effective government departments – such as the Women’s Department in Belize, or our legal reform work in Children’s rights across CARICOM, or aiding the Justice Sector in Malawi through the Capacity Building for Justice project.
Volunteers are at the heart of Challenges Worldwide. Thank you, to all our volunteers who have contributed to our partner Organisations over the past 10 years.
Interested in becoming a Challenges volunteer? Visitwww.challengesworldwide.org”