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Volunteers from LoYAC Jordan carried out several youth-led community service activities on Saturday November 2nd as part of LoYAC’s Volunteering Day. LoYAC (Lothan Youth Achievement Center) a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing Jordan’s youth with opportunities to better themselves while contributing to their communities – launched this nationwide event from the National gallery park in Jabal Al Weibdeh. The event attracted a record number of 300 volunteers who worked on different initiatives that give back to the community. Mr. Nabil Sawalha graciously supported this initiative and contributed by leading the volunteers in an energizing session of Laughter Yoga.
This day, the beginning of an annual tradition, was created to support other LoYAC programs and initiatives stemming from LoYAC’s mission of developing the community and assisting in the creation of a capable, exposed and socially responsible generation. During the event LoYAC volunteering students worked in groups on over 20 community service initiatives that were created by the students across most governorates of the Kingdom, including activities in Mafraq, Irbid, Madaba, Karak, Tafileh, Maan and Aqaba.
LoYAC volunteers in Amman worked on several initiatives such as assisting in olive harvest, making a school accessible for students with special needs, giving out an apple for a smile, reading books to sick children at hospitals, and distributing waste bags to passing cars for a cleaner city. LoYAC volunteers from other governorates participated in the event by leading and working on different community service activities in their respective communities.
The aim of this volunteer day is to shed light on societal issues, to promote a culture of empathy and responsibility towards others, to support the community as a whole; as well as to spread joy, happiness and team work.
Moreover, it is worth noting that LoYAC Jordan works on many programs for the development of the community. “Darb”, the main annual program that has been founded by LoYAC and supported by the King Abdullah Fund for Development aims to bridge the gap between education and employment by training university students in skills required at the work place. The training involves workshops and practical summer internships at private and public sector institutions.
The Roya TV team and the Al-Farida publishing team have been supporting LoYAC programs as well as the student-led initiatives that spin off the "darb" program, and are considered to be LoYAC partners. On Saturday, both teams showed their support by actively providing much appreciated ample media coverage for the event.