On October 14, 2010, the Pakistan Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the One UN, launched 24 environmental projects worth $1.2 million relating to solid waste management and sanitation, community-based natural resource management, and grass-root climate change mitigation initiatives. GRACE Association is proud to announce that its project to develop a model for sustainable management of natural resources and climate change mitigation through community participation was one of the 24 awardees out of 450 project proposals throughout the country.
The GRACE team also believes that the benefits of this project will have spillover effects on the neighboring villages that will be influenced and encouraged to replicate this model. Overall the line departments, visitors to the project areas, policy makers, researchers, other users of environmental information, and the private sector will benefit from implementation of this project.GRACE Association Team Won the UNV Online Volunteering Award 2009!
GRACE Association congrats to all winning teams of the UNV Online Volunteering Award 2009, especially to the GRACE Team of 10 online volunteers that helped GRACE Association of Pakistan to improve the quality of life of marginalized and vulnerable communities in less developed parts of Northern Pakistan: Aisha Mian, Jennifer Wells, Kalloimora Bzepam, Katie Simons, Laura Gamboa-Cavazos, Laura Riveni, Loai Farajallah, Paula Ellinger da Fonseca, Sehrish Rashid, Yvonne Nelson!!
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme on International Volunteer Day, 5 December announced the winners of the "Online Volunteering Award 2009", honouring the 'outstanding' contributions of volunteers who work entirely over the internet to contribute to peace and development by helping non-profit development organizations. The awards are an initiative of the UNV Online Volunteering service.
Supporting 'Volunteering for our Planet', the UNV theme for International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December, a special award honoured the efforts of online volunteers to support community adaptation and innovation and help mitigate environmental issues. A jury of experts in volunteerism and development cooperation chose the winners based on their commitment and contributions, the results of their collaboration and their impact on the activities of the organizations they supported. The jury included Mr. Nicolas Alipui , Director of Programmes at UNICEF, Mr. Mauro Massoni, the Head of the Multilateral Office of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Taras Tymchuk , Programme Coordinator of the GURT Resource Center for NGO Development, Ukraine, as well as UNV representatives from country offices and headquarters.
GRACE endeavours to empower and improve the quality of life of the marginalized and vulnerable communities in the least developed parts of Pakistan through welfare, participatory research and development, capacity building, promotion of best practices and partnership building, advocacy, and by launching sustainable and replicable innovative projects.