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Jordan launches Volunteer of the Year Award for 2002

A search is underway for the Jordanian Volunteer of the Year 2002. It is part of a campaign by the UN Development Program (UNDP) in cooperation with the Jemstone Network in Amman.

JORDAN (Star) - AMMAN (Star)-A search is underway for the Jordanian Volunteer of the Year 2002. It is part of a campaign by the UN Development Program (UNDP) in cooperation with the Jemstone Network in Amman. It aims to explain the big contribution volunteers can make to economic and social development. The main objective of the search is to encourage every Jordanian to think about doing some voluntary work for the good of their community, their country and themselves. HRH Princess Basma stressed the significance of volunteer work in Jordan. "There is a long tradition of voluntary work here in Jordan, which we should preserve and develop," said Princess Basma in a ceremony held Monday to mark the end of IYV 2001 (International Year of Volunteers). From here came the idea of the annual award for the Jordanian volunteer of the year." Princess Basma also noted public's awareness of the importance of volunteering is growing gradually. "Our task is to build on the foundations that were laid last year and to involve more people, especially youth."

Participants in the ceremony were volunteers who have been working during the past year in different sectors. It is estimated that in some parts of the world volunteer activity provides between eight percent and 14 percent of the GDP. Besides this economic benefit, voluntary work contributes to the priority areas of social integration, poverty alleviation and increasing employment. Last month, Jordan was one of the co-sponsors of the main resolution in the UN General Assembly's debate session on the close of the International Year of Volunteers. During this debate, the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan described volunteers as "a shining example of the brave and caring face of our humanity, especially in these troubled times."

To encourage volunteering in Jordan, the Jemstone Network in cooperation with UNDP has established a volunteers website to match would-be volunteers with opportunities for volunteer work. Jemstone is a media and development consultancy that runs the Jordan Development website for the development community in Jordan. Volunteer activities are divided to four types: Mutual aid (self-help), philanthropy (service to others), participation (civic engagement), and advocacy (campaigning). Those who are interested in voluntary work, including the rules for entering the Jordan Volunteer of the Year Award, can visit the website: www.jordandevnet.org


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