After the War: A Piece from Armel Konan, UN Volunteer to UNFPA Ghana on the International Volunteers Day.

5 December 2018
Armel Konan, UN Volunteer to UNFPA Ghana

At the onset of the war in my country Côte d'Ivoire, tensions escalated with the massive inflow of affected men, women and children into Ghana for shelter. I volunteered under UNHCR and was instrumental in bringing relief to the disaster stricken communities. 

My only assets in this humanitarian setting were my skills and passion for humanitarian work which caused me to actively volunteer from an emergency to a more sustained stage of humanitarian interventions. 

After four years of sponsored tertiary education by the United Nations at Valley View University in Ghana, I had the opportunity to be integrated into the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) system.

I am currently assigned as a volunteer Program Assistant to the UNFPA Ghana Country Office, with an ever increasing passion to serving in the best interest of the vulnerable, marginalized and the overall population for the good of Ghana. 

Volunteerism has been a rewarding experience to me so far as it always pays to help build resilient communities.

Together, on this International Volunteer Day, we reiterate our commitment to standing with UNFPA for the achievement of this laudable mandate in the context of Ghana to " delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled " 

Thanks to the UNFPA Ghana Country Office and her leadership for offering us this platform to serve humankind.