When 100 volunteers took to the streets of São Paulo, Brazil, to interview ordinary women, they found stories of courage, resilience and perseverance. Dona Francisca, a 57-year-old rural worker who used to “work like a man” in the crops told one volunteer: “My dream was to be a truck driver. My father would not let me. For him, it’s a man’s job."
As we celebrate International Volunteer Day, we honor American citizens doing exceptional volunteer work abroad and recognize global volunteerism as a key to sustainable development.
In the last couple of years and since the financial crisis in Greece started, we have seen Greek civil society expanding. New nongovernmental organizations have sprung out, the majority fighting poverty and social inequality.
I joined the Hands On Manila family in April, fresh from a two-year sabbatical in graduate school and full of ideas for how make a meaningful impact in the Philippines, where my family is originally from. I quickly learned just how powerful a small handful of individuals can be when they set their minds and hearts to do good.