Musician Ben Mankhamba, who is also Village Head Chingalire, alongside Davis Damson represented the country at the second African Region Good Deeds Day conference held in Nairobi, Kenya recently.
The conference, which was organised under the theme ‘Leveraging Corporate Volunteering, Youth Engagement And Partnership For Africa’s Socio-Economic Growth’, brought together delegates from over 18 African countries and others from Europe.
Good Deeds Day is a global movement that unites over 108 countries around the world in doing good deeds.
Since 2007, millions of people and thousands of organisations and businesses worldwide unite every year to do good and volunteer, putting into practice the simple idea that every person can do a good deed, be it at a large or small scale which can make a positive impact on others.
Mankhamba said the deliberations at this year’s conference centred on sharing best practices in corporate volunteering, developing volunteer infrastructure, measuring volunteer impact, and the role of volunteerism in enhancing Africa’s democracy, innovative approaches in volunteerism and understanding the role of youths and technology in volunteerism.
Damson, who is the National Coordinator of Good Deeds Day Malawi Network, made a presentation on volunteering infrastructure in which he called on governments to come up with policies and strategies that will regulate and motivate volunteers in Africa.
According to Damson, volunteering brings benefits to both society at large and the individual volunteer.
“It makes important contributions, economically as well as socially. It contributes to more cohesive society by building trust and reciprocity among citizens,” he said.
Mankhamba carried the country’s flag through a Good Deeds Day movie which was premiered at the conference.
In the movie, Mankhamba and fellow musician Gilad Segev from Israel shos the power of doing good deeds to mankind.