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13 Dec 2006 description
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"It was the first time for me to hear the name 'Aceh', but the pictures I saw on television were always on my mind. I spent my pocket money to buy some equipment including a huge backpack, a helmet, some medicine and a plane ticket. This was the beginning of my new life as a volunteer."

Norimasa Tochibayashi arrived in Indonesia on February 23, 2005. He had no job, no idea where he was heading and how he could help, and no contact numbers of people who would be willing to support him.

01 Sep 2006 description
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by Brad Becker
Volunteer [vol.en.tir, n.] a person who renders aid, performs a service, or assumes an obligation. Any UNV volunteer seems to exceed this definition. He or she is more than a dreamer or altruist. Experienced and able, UNV volunteers willingly immerse themselves in a host of cultures, living conditions and seemingly impossible assignments.

21 Dec 2005 description
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Banda Aceh, Indonesia: It was the children who were most affected by the tsunami, according to Dr. Yunita, a physician from Jakarta who served as a UN Volunteer for two months in Banda Aceh, working at the Bina Mandiri Crisis Centre, a volunteer-run trauma counselling and medical clinic set up in a district of the city that was nearly levelled by the tidal wave's massive force.

14 Mar 2005 description
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BONN, 14 March 2005 - Members of Emirates Airline's frequent flyer loyalty scheme, Skywards, can now donate their Miles to fly UN Volunteers to assist relief efforts in the countries affected by the 26 December tsunamis.

In conjunction with Emirates' partner airline SriLankan, Skywards members can allot their Miles via a special account on the Skywards website, www.skywards.com. Nearly 10 million Skywards Miles have already been generously donated by Skywards members.

20 Jan 2005 description
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Collaboration to help communities get 'back on track'

BONN, 20 January 2005 - The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) today announced that it is contributing US$2.6 million to support the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in providing immediate recovery and long-term rehabilitation assistance to victims of the 26 December tsunamis in Indonesia, the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

11 Jan 2005 description
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GENEVA/BONN, 11 January 2005 - The UN Volunteers (UNV) programme will increase its immediate and long-term support to countries devastated by the 26 December tsunamis thanks in part to a US$ 5-million contribution today announced by the Government of Japan.

29 Dec 2004 description
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BONN, 29 December 2004 -- The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, in coordination with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Offices and the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR), is deploying teams of UN Volunteers in several South Asian countries to help governments, NGOs and other UN agencies provide relief to thousands of people who have lost their homes and family members in the tsunamis of 26 December.