National Volunteer Week 2011

11 Apr

Happy National Volunteer Week To You!

It’s that time of the year that in the US we celebrate volunteerism and the national media creates a buzz to promote volunteer work for one entire week.

Being an all-volunteer organization, we understand how vital each of you is to our grassroots project. Our volunteers deserve our appreciation all year-long, so it is only appropriate that we take this opportunity to once more recognize the contribution made by all of you this past year from coast…

Maria Block-McKenzie, Florida Volunteer Coordinator and Joan Barnes, Chair of the Board of Directors at Iduka's Thrift Store in Port Saint Lucie, Florida

to coast…

Monica and Sara, Dublin High School in California at a Red Cross Club and Iduka activity.

…and beyond!

Sylvanus Murray, Iduka African Pilot Project Vice-Chair volunteering in Sierra Leone.

We are specially thankful to the many student volunteer interns who helped us design, develop, and successfully complete phase 1 of our African pilot project these past six months. Much of the success of establishing volunteer teams in all African regions is owed to our country coordinators and community organizers.

Special thanks go to our student volunteer internship coordinators Caleb Thole, Emmanuel Tanifum, Frank Kamanga, Gilbert Bita, Mokhtar Omar, and Sylvanus Murray. Thanks to your leadership, we are present today in almost every single African country.

Mokhtar Omar, Egypt, Iduka African Pilot Project Secretary, volunteering in India.

Our  field partner John Ndegwa at Kisima also deserves special recognition for sponsoring our first scholarship recipient in Kenya and helping us kick start phase 2 our African pilot project.

John Ndegwa, Iduka African Pilot Project Vice-Chair in Kenya with a group of volunteers.

If you’d like to get involved in our organization’s activities but are not sure where to start, please visit the Volunteer page and check out our current needs.

Once again, thank you for your support!


6 Responses to “National Volunteer Week 2011”

  1. John Ndegwa April 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    Our input in a small way as volunteers has changed life of a child or vulnerable youth somewhere. We join hands with our friends in US as they celebrate national volunteers week. If you are looking to volunteer in Africa, kindly talk to us and we will assist you change the world in a small way.

    Congratulations to Miguel for being in the first line to volunteer. Ta all Iduka family… well done. Thanks,


    • Iduka April 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

      Thanks for all, John!
      It’s always a pleasure to work with such incredible and enthusiastic group.
      Props to you!

  2. Bonex Makoha April 13, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    Iduka is a great blessing how i pray that it comes to pass in Uganda.
    Bonex from Uganda.

  3. Elizabeth Ajiambo April 13, 2011 at 3:04 am #

    I am excited to hear about Iduka in Africa, let it also be implemented in Uganda.

    • Irene Kulabak April 14, 2011 at 7:14 am #

      Elizabeth, thank you for showing your interest in Iduka programs. The program exists almost in all countries of Africa including Uganda. You can contact the country coordinator, Eric Gitta via email at, or go to Facebook, East African Students For Post secondary Education page and on your left side, peruse through and look for the country coordinator. There you’ll find more information, especially on how to participate.

  4. makela April 13, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    Traduction (Français > Anglais)

    We are happy to participate in the National Volunteer Week and extend this appeal to people of goodwill to do the same. Children in this country have suffered much and their survival depends a great deal on the volunteer work we are engaged. Every child is entitled to live and having good health, good nutrition, and good education. That is our goal at Organization for Social Development of Children OSEE/RDC (French acronym).

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