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In volunteering, recognition is not the goal itself

Dwi Atmanta

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Fri, February 19, 2021  /  10:29 am
In volunteering, recognition is not the goal itself

Volunteers from Pawon'e Arek-Arek, an independent collective that grows most of its own foodstuff to give people in need. (Courtesy of Ivan Darski/Ivan Darski)

Volunteers around the world have played a very important role since the COVID-19 pandemic began and their contributions will continue to remain essential in Indonesia and throughout the world. Amid increased interest in the role volunteerism could play in a post-pandemic society as an effective tool to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030, it is important to hear the voices of experts of the sector. One of them is Retha Dungga, the cofounder of Indorelawan, the biggest platform in Indonesia on a mission to mobilize thousands of volunteers, enabling them to connect with a myriad of local organizations on the ground focused on achieving the “common good”. Let’s start with the basics. It is essential that volunteerism is understood not as an “import” but rather as something very much part of the local fabric. It does not matt...