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International Volunteer Day marked in Kabul

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Observing the International Volunteer Day in the capital Kabul on Saturday, over 200 hundreds of youth volunteers took part in cleaning two major parks and planting trees in the Ahmad Shah Baba Maina—(a township on the outskirt of the Kabul city).

The campaign by Ahmad Shah Baba Maina Youth Society was assisted by The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the collaboration of the National Environment Protection Agency.

The youths cleaned up two major parks and planted some 200 saplings and sowed grass seeds under “greenery is life” drive. The volunteers also encouraged civilians to keep their streets clean in order to ensure a clean environment.

Deputy Director-General of National Enviroment Protection Agency Wali Modaqiq, appreciated the campaign and said that people will learn much from such events. He said one day volunteers can change the environment for years.

The Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Kamal Sadat, appreciated the effort of the youth and said that youths are the change and future of the country.

“The International Volunteer Day was a great opportunity to work together to rebuild public places where everyone respite from boredom and children can play in a healthy environment,” said Muhabatullah Sherzad, the director of the Ahmad Shah Baba Youth Society.

UNDP Director in Afghanistan Douglas Keh said that activities led by youths should remind all of us that Afghanistan’s future is brighter. He furthered that the UNDP will always support such campaigns to combine the power of the youth and selfless volunteerism.

The volunteers also played and enjoyed a cricket match between two local teams in on one of the parks.

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