Prior to 17th Feb revolution, volunteering in Libya was a foreign concept which attracted only a defined number of individuals.
When the revolution broke out, it required every able person’s contribution to operate in full force and produce the ultimate result of victory. Volunteering evolved into an obligation that Libyan’s wholeheartedly took upon. Everyone wanted to be part of a revolution that would make dreams of freedom a reality.
The concept of volunteer and social work changed dramatically in the Libyan society during and after the revolution. Volunteering comes in different forms, such as volunteering in time, energy, knowledge and money, however February 17th composed a whole new type of volunteering which involves the body and soul. Freedom fighters volunteered for the sake of their land, heritage and future. NGOs have sprung up to meet needs and fill the voids that were left empty by the NTC and interim government.
During current day, NGOs acquire members and volunteers from different layers of the Libyan society, who have the desire to assist in the development of their country in all means possible.
Volunteering evolved into an obligation that Libyan’s wholeheartedly took upon. Everyone wanted to be part of a revolution that would make dreams of freedom a reality.
In time of need, many rose to honor their country; actualizing their duties and more. A bountiful number of Libyans volunteered to monitor the advancement of Libya’s first held democratic elections in June in all Libyan cities to guarantee fair and just elections. I’ve seen first hand the genuine joy and complete content on the volunteers’ faces as they carried out their jobs in all sincerity.
Many NGOs however have lost their zest and have gradually faded away from the civil society scene while others view volunteer work as extra work that requires less commitment, value and input which in turn dilutes the overall outcome and diminishes the credibility and of the organization concerned.
Photography: © Ahmad Alwaheshi – Az Zawiyah, Libya