In Somalia, Leena Saarinen (Finland) serves with International Organization for Migration (IOM) as a UN Youth Volunteer. Her passion for advancing the rights of vulnerable groups and facilitating their access to services propelled her altruistic motivation to volunteer. On the occasion of International Volunteer Day, she shares how she volunteers for an inclusive future.
Serving with the IOM Durable Solutions Programme, Leena recognizes the opportunity to consult people with various backgrounds as a real asset in her daily activities as a UN Volunteer. She sees the diversity of their ideas and opinions as a rich resource to build cohesion and sustainable solutions.
Volunteerism strengthens civic engagement, social inclusion, solidarity and ownership. It also builds capacities, ownership and connections between local communities and national authorities for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
"A great part of the success of this durable solutions and stabilization project is local (re)integration and inclusion in the host communities, which is the result of inclusive and participatory practice in the design and implementation of the project," Leena says.