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April 13, 2016

Celebrating the Global Youth Service Day


GFDD/Funglode participated at the 14th Youth Volunteering National Fair, hosted to celebrate Global Youth Service Day and to recognize the impact young people have in their communities.

The foundations joined with a stand promoting their programs and publications and showcasing opportunities for young people to volunteer at the Dominican Republic Film Festival (DREFF) and other projects. More than a thousand people walked by the stand and other participating organizations showed interest in DREFF too.

Organized by Sirve Quisqueya with the theme “Sustainable Development Goals”, the event was held within the framework of the Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), with the purpose of promoting volunteer opportunities to contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, seeking to eradicate poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all, as part of a new development agenda.

The 14th Youth Volunteering National Fair took place among the activities based on the CARIFORUM-Dominican Republic’s project Support to Facilitate the Participation of Civil Society within the Process of Regional Development and Integration. This project is executed by Alliance NGO with the support of the European Union, within the framework of a financing agreement signed with the CARIFORUM.

Mallerlyn Lizardo, Alianza ONG’s Projects Technician, welcomed the audience and presented an account on the voluntary activities in the Civil Society Project-CARIFORUM.

Moreover, Luca Lo Conte, European Union Programs Official, stressed the interest of his organization in supporting development cooperation. “The European Union is the largest contributor of aid to development in the world. We support volunteering and are interested in working not only with governments, but also with a strengthened Dominican civil society. This is one of the goals of this project”, he said.

The Fair offered not only conferences but also artistic performances, from theater to music: Teatro Móvil, Jean Films, Grupo Músico Cultural Popular and Children International.

Among the participating organizations: ASODIFIMO, Academia de Actuación Jeam Films, Academia Dominicana de Bomberos, AIESEC, Alianza ONG, Asociación Tú Mujer, Acción Voluntaria, Children International, CIMUDIS, Dominican Republic Red Cross, Defensa Civil, Progresando con Solidaridad (PROSOLI), GFDD/Funglode, SERVIR-D, Instituto Dominicano de Aviación Civil, Dominicana Solidaria, LAZOS, Juventud Empoderada, TECHO, UNFPA, Voluntariado Juvenil de la Dirección General de Desarrollo Fronterizo, and Teatro Móvil.

The Fair was sponsored by Agua Planeta Azul, Molinos Modernos and PROSOLI.

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