Youth Volunteers Initiative 2021





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Youth Volunteers Initiative 2021

Voluntary work is generally considered an altruistic activity where a group of people provide services for no personal or financial gain but merely for the benefit of the public.

However, volunteers usually need some support, including financial but not salaries, to cover the cost of necessary tools, materials and equipment to make the project happen.

Therefore, Rwanga Foundation is launching the project of ‘Youth Volunteers Initiative’, which is to urge the female and male youth to come up with project proposals and participate in a competition to be funded and supported to implement their projects for the best benefit of the public.



·         12/07/2021 until 31/08/2021 applying initiatives (51 days)

·         1/09/2021 until 15/09/2021 Evaluation and Selection

·         16/09/2021 until 30/09/2021 Preparation for starting initiation

·         1/10/2021 until 25/11/2021 implementing the initiatives (56 days)

·         The ceremony of presenting the projects and their outcomes will take place in the beginning of December 2021.


 General Criteria 

·         The project should be voluntary based and for the wellbeing of public benefiting at least 100 people.

·         The youth from the governorates of Erbil, Sulaimani, Duhok, Halabja, Kirkuk and Nineveh will be invited to submit their initiatives by filling in a project proposal form.

·         Each group of volunteers should consist of minimum five youth members (aged 18-35).

·         Groups should not represent any NGO, institution and any other foundation; they should be formed of the individual members from the society.

·         The initiative project must not have been financially supported from any NGO, institution or any other foundation.

·         Groups which include both males and females are preferred.

·         Groups which include members of people with specific needs are highly recommended.

·         Twelve initiatives in total will be selected and funded.

·         Total cost of each project should not exceed 4,250,000 IQD.

·         The project budget should not include salaries or any type of stipends to the volunteers, as it is a voluntary-based initiative.

·         Project proposals should include narrative, financial part (detailed budget breakdown), and photos as well as other documents including maps, designs, approvals, etc., as necessary.

·         A special committee will review the applications and select the best twelve initiatives to be funded.

·         The previous winner groups cannot participate in the competition again.


Theme of the initiatives

The initiatives should focus on the below sectors



·         Basic renovation of schools

·         Reduction of illiteracy

·         Improving online teaching

·         Children education program

·         Science competition

·         Opening more libraries in public places

·         Audio books



·         Developing the talent and skills of the youth

·         Increasing the social values

·         Raising awareness about the advantages and disadvantages of using social media

·         Providing the youth with a training on developing personal skills

·         Developing handmade craft

·         Raising awareness about the destructive effects of drugs




·         Processing/eliminating the plastic waste

·         Waste recycling

·         Encouraging people to not overuse water

·         Photography competition for protecting the environment

·         A campaign to clean the public and tourist places

·         Expanding green yard area

·         Protecting unsheltered animals

·         Bee keeping training

Vulnerable Groups


·         Support people with special needs

·         Eliminating and preventing street children labour

·         Supporting orphans

·         Raise awareness on how to help and deal with people with special needs

·         Supporting vulnerable people

·         Raising  health awareness in camps