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

  • 15/12/2017 until 01/02/2018 applying projects (45 days)
  • 01/02/2018 until 01/03/2018 Evaluation and Selection
  • 01/03/2018 until 01/05/2018 implementing the projects (two months)
  • The ceremony of presenting the projects and their outcomes will take place in the end of May 2018.

General Criteria
  • The project should be voluntary based and for the wellbeing of public benefiting at least one hundred people.
  • The youth from the governorates of Erbil, Sulaimani, Duhok, Kirkuk and Halabja will be invited to submit their initiatives by filling in a project proposal form.
  • Two projects per governorate (ten projects in total) will be accepted and funded.
  • Each group of volunteers should consist of minimum five youth members (aged 18-30).
  • Groups which include both males and females are preferred.
  • Groups which include members of people with specific needs are highly recommended.
  • Groups which include members of people with specific needs are highly recommended.
  • Total cost of each project should not exceed 3,750,000 IQD.
  • The project budget should not include salaries or any type of stipends to the volunteers, as it is a vulnerary-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 consisting of representatives of Rwanga Foundation, sponsor, concerned government authority, civil society and a technical expert review the applications and select the best two projects per governorate.

Theme of the initiatives

The initiatives should focus on the below sectors

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation of Buildings
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Health Awareness
  • GBV Awareness
  • Supporting Vulnerable Groups
  • Sports
  • Cultural Cohesion