SOUTH SUDAN / UNITED NATIONS VOLUNTEERS DAY

05-Dec-2018 00:03:08
Volunteers across South Sudan have joined the rest of the world to mark the International Volunteers Day. In the capital, Juba, they celebrated the day with primary school pupils who are training to become the next generation of volunteers, while in the northern town of Bentiu, UN volunteers spent the day bringing smiles to patients at a health facility. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / UNITED NATIONS VOLUNTEERS DAY
TRT: 3:08
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 05 DECEMBER 2018, JUBA /BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN
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05 DECEMBER 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, girls singing
2. Various shots, First Aid simulation exercise
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Agol, Standard 7 Pupil, Juba 1 Girls Primary School:
“My name is Mary Agol, I’m in Standard 7. I’ve been training to be a First Aid Responder. When I grow up, I want to be a volunteer – to help my people.”
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Amin Yel, Standard 7 Pupil, Juba 1 Girls Primary School:
“My name is Amin Yel, I’m in Standard 7. I’ve been trained to become a First Aide. I want to become a volunteer to help other people. And I want to inform those who did not join to join us, to become First Aides to help other people like we are.”
5. Wide shot, photo op
6. Med shot, Zebo
7. Close up, Zebo
8. SOUNDBITE Zebo Kodirova, Supply Chain Assistant, UNMISS:
"I do volunteer in my country, and I do volunteer wherever I am. So, this time it means a lot because I can share a little effort I have, skills, or even my time with the people of South Sudan, and we can put a small grain of hope for the peace of this country. So, this means a lot to me.”
9. Various shots, volunteers
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Tania Haque, Safety and Security Administrative Officer, UNMISS:
“Voluntary job to me is a panacea to resolve any problem of the society. Without voluntary [work] it’s impossible to bring peace in the society or reduce [the effects] of all the natural disasters of calamities that we’re facing nowadays”

05 DECEMBER 2018, BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN

11. Various shots, handing out goods
12. Med shot, Waheeb
13. Close up, Waheeb
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Waheeb Al-Eryani, Programme Manager, UN Volunteers Office, South Sudan:
“Here in South Sudan we have over 500 international and national volunteers, and this is one of the largest programmes in the world. UN volunteers work in many different fields: they support UN agencies in their work, whether it’s humanitarian relief, development, or peacekeeping; they’re everywhere, and they’re almost the backbone of all UN operations here, because they represent a very important component of the personnel in different UN organizations.”
15. Close up, UN Volunteers poster
16. Wide shot, event
STORYLINE
South Sudanese girls sing and dance, articulating their dreams and aspirations. Then comes a First Aid simulation exercise. 25 girls have been trained to be First Aid Responders by the South Sudan Red Cross Society.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Agol, Standard 7 Pupil, Juba 1 Girls Primary School:
“My name is Mary Agol, I’m in Standard 7. I’ve been training to be a First Aid Responder. When I grow up, I want to be a volunteer – to help my people.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Amin Yel, Standard 7 Pupil, Juba 1 Girls Primary School:
“My name is Amin Yel, I’m in Standard 7. I’ve been trained to become a First Aide. I want to become a volunteer to help other people. And I want to inform those who did not join to join us, to become First Aides to help other people like we are.”

Like these girls, Zebo, from Tajikistan, decided she wanted to be a volunteer when she was 15 years old. Today, she’s serving as a volunteer with the UN Mission in South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE Zebo Kodirova, Supply Chain Assistant, UNMISS:
“I do volunteer in my country, and I do volunteer wherever I am. So, this time it means a lot because I can share a little effort I have, skills, or even my time with the people of South Sudan, and we can put a small grain of hope for the peace of this country. So, this means a lot to me.”

Today, she joined other volunteers at Juba 1 Girls Primary School to celebrate the International Volunteers Day.
SOUNDBITE (English) Tania Haque, Safety and Security Administrative Officer, UNMISS:
“Voluntary job to me is a panacea to resolve any problem of the society. Without voluntary [work] it’s impossible to bring peace in the society or reduce [the effects] of all the natural disasters of calamities that we’re facing nowadays”

Away from Juba, volunteers were handing out goodies to patients at a hospital in the northern town of Bentiu.

Waheeb Al-Eryani says the day presents an opportunity for volunteers to celebrate, and the people working with them to recognize the importance of their work.

SOUNDBITE (English) Waheeb Al-Eryani, Programme Manager, UN Volunteers Office, South Sudan:
“Here in South Sudan we have over 500 international and national volunteers, and this is one of the largest programmes in the world. UN volunteers work in many different fields: they support UN agencies in their work, whether it’s humanitarian relief, development, or peacekeeping; they’re everywhere, and they’re almost the backbone of all UN operations here, because they represent a very important component of the personnel in different UN organizations.”

The theme of this year’s observance highlights volunteers’ work in helping build resilient communities, equipping people against natural disasters, political instability, economic shocks and other pressures.
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