International Volunteer Day & Kashmir

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development is celebrated every year internationally all over the world on 5th of December. This event celebration provides a great chance to all the individual volunteers and organizations of volunteers to show their contributions at the international, national and local levels in order to get the Millennium Development Goals.

Every year celebration of the international volunteer day helps the thousands of volunteers to get mobilized and works very intimately with the partners as well as the government organizations to set up the program for national volunteers in order to make the organizations which can promote and carry on the local volunteerism in all countries. Volunteers, using online volunteering service, works in group and take an action for the continuous human development by promoting the development organizations activities over the Internet. Thousands of people are working as a volunteer daily using their online or on-site resource in order to maintain the peace and human development as well as to attain the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals).

International Volunteer Day is celebrated yearly worldwide on 5th of December with the great hope of a better world. It focuses on promoting the awareness and appreciating the individual volunteers as well as volunteer organizations. It aimed to recognize the commitment of volunteers in order to get people informed about the effects of volunteering on the harmony and continuous human development.

To  trace  the  evolution  of  NGO  culture  in Kashmir   over   the  past  few  decades,  we need to briefly look at the kind of society that has existed and exists in Kashmir today. The infusion of this concept of NGO into Kashmir is even more recent. Kashmir has traditionally been a plural society, which manifests itself in the concept    of    Kashmiriyat.      Kashmir    has traditionally been  a  very  close-knit  religious society.  As  a  result,  the  need  for  NGOs  in the  social  sphere  had  never  been  felt.   For example,  an  orphan  in  the  pre-1989  period would immediately be adopted by one of his relatives  or  neighbors  in  accordance  with their  religious  and  social  practices;  hence the  need  for  orphanages  was  never  felt.

This  phenomenon  was  so  wide-spread  that every  family  in  Kashmir  could  be  called  an NGO,  since  it  had  always  played  this  role. Thus,  very  few  social  welfare  or  voluntary organizations had existed in Kashmir before the period of militancy.

The  period  after  1989  marked  a  watershed for  NGOs  in  Kashmir  and  their  need  was deeply  felt  for  the  first  time.  With  violence increasing,  the  number  of  casualties  and victims  of  violence  continued  to  rise.  Over the  next  few  years,  with  the  Indian  army attacking   militants   and   their   supporters, Kashmiri  society  began  to  feel  the  brunt  of militancy   on   their   lives.   Normal   life   in Kashmir   being   disrupted   with   curfews   for many  days  at  a  stretch  became  a  common occurrence.  Life  came  to  a  virtual  standstill at  the  height  of  the  militancy  as  food  and other supplies were  disrupted,  curfews  were imposed,  offices  began  to  be  closed  down and  the  tourist  and  other  businesses  that Kashmir   had   thrived   upon   began   to   be adversely affected. With this came the need for  someone  to  help  ease  the  lives  of  the common people.

On the national and international level, there is  no  dearth  of  NGOs  working  in  different fields.  In  view  of  the  improving  governance position    in    Kashmir,    the    socio-political situation  is  conducive  for  more  NGOs  to enter Kashmiri society.

The achievements and victory of NGOs in various fields and the brilliant work done by them in specific areas are no doubt an incredible task that has helped to meet the changing basic needs of the social system. Still, in spite of its achievements in various fields, NGOs are facing different types of problems which differ from organization to organization, region to region and from place to place. In this position, the present paper attempts to discuss some of the general problems faced by the NGOs and to provide some remedies to overcome these problems.

It is supposed that the personnel working in NGOs may be of personnel working in such organizations are a sense of devotion and assurance and interest in the social services. NGOs earlier were supposed to be served by unpaid social workers imbued with the courage of service and did not need any special education or training. But the present trends that are having a professional education are not paying attention to work with NGOs. Their vision has been altered and is interested to work in urban areas only. For that reason, it is very hard to get trained persons who are either trained or willing to work in the rural society where the majority of NGOs work. Furthermore, these professionally trained persons have a high opportunity in terms of salaries, status, opportunities for their growth in the career of their choice. Moreover, due to lack of funds NGOs cannot able to spend some more funds for giving training to the personnel employed in the organization. A small number of NGOs is in fear of personnel who may transfer to another big NGO after taking training from it.

NGOs are the ones who really propose to care and protect the uncared sections and the people at the bottom of the social stratum. Ours is developing state which requires these types of committed, devoted, enthusiastic and dedicated organizations for the development of the state. So, the government, administrators, rulers, the leaders, the donors, the politicians and the people should support these organizations and help them to solve their problems at the grass-root level than only their services are definitely and undoubtedly creditable in the upliftment of the rural poor.