“Volunteering for Humanity” is a technical assistance project funded by the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative of DG ECHO and is composed of three small, community and international development volunteer organisations from across the EU. An international development and volunteering organisation from Ireland called VMM is leading this project and will share their knowledge and expertise with us and our partners Keric from Slovakia. The project will run for two years. In this way, small international development organisations will increase their capacity to react and be involved in local and global humanitarian and development actions in communities across the EU and the Global South.
Operating alongside the large, well-known, relief-aid charities who react to natural and man-made disasters around the world, long-term, resilience and capacity-building, community and volunteer-based organisations are necessary and complementary to the work and goals of these bigger, relief-aid NGOs. ‘Volunteering for Humanity’ organisations, whose mission is a partnership approach to local and international development in order to build a better “world where we live and work in the shelter of one another”; connect directly with the communities around them, or those on the other side of the world, as equals.
The objective of our Volunteering for Humanity project is to pool our collective talents and resources to build the capacity of each of our volunteer organisations so that we are better able to participate in community and international development projects along with the bigger, well-known, professional NGOs. The big NGOs tend to focus on emergency aid relief more than the long-term, capacity and resilience building projects of VMM and our project members, which help to prevent emergencies or which continue to help and empower communities long after an emergency is officially declared over.
As well as certification as EU Aid Volunteers sending organisations, Volunteering for Humanity’s aim is to spread the lessons, methods and resources of our project to a wider network of volunteer community and international development organisations in Europe and beyond.
"Volunteering for Humanity" Consortium Partners
VMM International, Ireland
VMM International are an international development and volunteering organisation. They work in Africa with projects in education, health and human rights as well as in delivering Sustainable Development Goals. They work to help their grassroots partners take care of the needs that, according to local people, are most important to them. Projects tend to cover education, health to community development initiatives and they have partnerships with civic, community and church organisations. VMM are a faith-based group, and they maintain an all-inclusive organisation and welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, regardless of religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or politics.
Community-based organisation, Keric, host international volunteers from all corners of the globe with local volunteers in Slovakia with a mission of social inclusion, by connecting local youth with the wider world, to broaden their horizons and help them to become more open and tolerant towards other cultures. For many, the adult courses, school workshops and cultural activities hosted by Keric are their only opportunity to do this.