NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is in the process of developing the
Volunteerism Act that will provide the legal framework
that will protect communities, volunteers and volunteer
organizations, a government official said on Sunday.
Secretary in the Ministry of East African Community,
Labour and Social Protection Phyllis Kandie told a media
briefing in Nairobi that stakeholders are currently
developing the draft law.
soon table the law in parliament and we hope it will
become enacted by the end of the year,” Kandie said.
Kenya approved a National Policy on volunteerism in
“The aim of
the law is promote the development of a strong volunteer
sector in the country,” she said during celebrations to
mark the Good Deeds Day. This is an annual global day of
doing and celebrating good deeds.
that the Act will provide for the establishment of
structures to foster volunteerism in the country.
that the proposed legislation will also provide a
framework through which the country can inclusively
engage volunteers so that they optimize on their
resources and opportunities.
the government official, volunteer activities and
practices are currently uncoordinated and inadequately
supported at the national level.
“So the law
will ensure that there is no duplication of efforts in
order to reduce waste of human resources,” Kandie said.
that volunteerism contributes immensely to the country’s
social, economic and political development. “It also
improves the quality of life of the beneficiaries as
well as the entire society at large,” she said.