Savious Ali, 11, calls for volunteering

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Miss Savior Ali, an 11-year-old beneficiary of Yayra Child Development Centre, the Children’s Ministry of Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Edem Congregation, Adaklu Kodzobi in Adaklu District noted that volunteering promotes social cohesion .

She said it also has a positive economic impact and added value for society.

Miss Ali said this in a speech she delivered at this year’s International Youth Day celebration of the Adaklu/Agotime Group of Frontline Church Partners (FCP) sponsored by Compassion International Ghana in Adaklu Helekpe in Adaklu District.

Ms. Ali said volunteering is a people-centred approach, humanitarian response and sustainable development, which builds trust and solidarity.

She said the myriad challenges emanating from environmental disasters, conflict, financial crisis and political tensions had the power to destabilize communities and could undermine the hard-won gains of the past decade.

“Global communities must therefore realize that common challenges require common responses for our future good,” she said.

She noted that volunteers bring unique expertise and perspectives to their host countries and communities and contribute to the betterment of their lives.

Ms. Ali urged metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies, faith-based organizations and schools to support volunteers by developing volunteer-friendly policies and programs in place at all levels of society.

“Let us commit to promoting and supporting volunteerism as an important factor in achieving local and national peace and development,” she said.

Ms. Ali called on young people to develop volunteerism and community spirit to enable them to become the “building blocks” of society.

Ms. Emily Adevor, Facilitator of the Adaklu/Agotime Cluster of Frontline Church Partners project advised grantees to steer clear of negative trends that would jeopardize their future.

She called on them to make their books their best friends and strive to become useful citizens of society, adding that “the enormous resources invested in you must not be wasted”.

There were poetry recitals, spelling and reading contests by recipients and those who excelled received book prizes.

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