International Volunteer Day on 5 December saw the announcement of 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 United Nations Volunteer Online Volunteering service. This year's UNV theme supports 'Volunteering for our Planet', a special award to honour the efforts of online volunteers to support community adaptation and innovation to 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 support. 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. Congratulations go to all winning teams of the UNV Online Volunteering Award 2009, especially to the GRACE Team of 10 online volunteers that helped 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 and Yvonne Nelson.
GRACE Association Pakistan thanks the UNV for selecting GRACE Association Pakistan's team as one of the winners of the UNV Online Volunteering Award 2009!
Please visit onlinevolunteering.org for detail.
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.