6th French Volunteering Day in the Philippines [fr]
Each year, France Volontaires – the French platform for international exchange and solidarity – organizes the French Volunteering Day, a global event which highlights the efforts of volunteers working on the ground. This year’s discussions revolved around the theme “An Inclusive World through Social Innovation: The Future of Volunteerism.”
The Philippines is the country with the highest number of French volunteers in Asia, and ranks third in the world. Each year, more than 80 French volunteers arrive to serve in communities located all over the archipelago.
With the aim of gaining a better understanding of and celebrating the work of French volunteers in the Philippines, France Volontaires organized the French Volunteering Day last October 19 in Intramuros, Manila.
Recognizing the constantly changing causes to which volunteers dedicate their work, this year’s theme, “An Inclusive World through Social Innovation: The Future of Volunteerism,” was a venue for discussions that highlighted innovative solutions towards a more inclusive and sustainable society. Three sessions focused on social innovation and raised important issues such as the environment, social entrepreneurship, and education.
During the event, French Ambassador Nicolas Galey recalled the continuing support provided by the embassy to the French-Philippine NGO network, which counts more than 45 member organizations. This support rests on three major objectives: 1) strengthen exchanges and cooperation between French-Philippine associations; 2) support humanitarian and development efforts in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs); and 3) develop synergies between French companies and the NGOs.
The French Volunteering Day gathered 150 participants, including over 20 volunteers from French volunteering platforms. Also present were private companies, NGOs, local volunteers, representatives from local governments (Intramuros Administration and the Quezon City government), as well from the French Embassy with the Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs.
We warmly thank all the organizers and sponsors who have contributed to the success of this 6th edition of the French Volunteering Day in the Philippines.