New Delhi: The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) on Friday invited citizens to join its programme ‘Volunteers for Peace and Harmony’ (V for Peace-n-Harmony), which would see a network of volunteers aiming to build communal harmony across the country.
Backed by the Union Minister for Home Affairs, the NFCH has taken the inspiration to set up a network of Volunteers emanated mainly from the Gandhian concept that played a significant role in creating the atmosphere of peace and harmony.
The launch of V for Peace-n-Harmony in 2011 coincides with the 10th anniversary of international year of volunteers (IYV) being celebrated by the United Nations.
This would provide a platform to volunteers and increase the outreach of the Foundation and to join the noble cause being pursued by NFCH since a number of people have approached the Foundation to work as volunteers.
The objectives of the Programme are to create a network of volunteers to act as facilitators / change agents for promoting social harmony, when peace and social cohesion between communities is disturbed as well as during peaceful times for inclusive development; to spread awareness on peace and harmony in their respective communities and neighborhoods; to strengthen the sense of unity in diversity amongst citizens of the country and to take active participation in the Communal Harmony Campaign Week from November 19 to 25, observed by NFCH every year in the country.
Any citizen of India who believes in peace, non-violence and in the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (whole world is one single family) is welcome.
However, In the first phase, volunteers associated with NSS, NYKS, NYC, NCC, Civil Defence and students in schools/colleges/universities and corporate would be enrolled and those working with CSOs, Mohalla committees, RWAs, Sadbhavana clubs, Cordiality committees, District peace committees, etc. would be enrolled in the second phase.
The minimum age to be a Volunteer is 15 years and minimum educational qualification is Class 10th. A volunteer is expected to posses the following qualities: love for people of the country, positive attitude, aptitude for knowledge / skill sharing and mentorship skills. To mark entry as a volunteer a person is expected to coin a slogan or provide a constructive / creative idea for peace and harmony. A certificate or a volunteer card would be issued to the volunteers after an annual review of their work by NFCH.
NFCH was set up in 1992 as an autonomous body with the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Foundation undertakes various extension activities for promoting peace and harmony and provides financial assistance to children affected by communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence.(INN)