KUALA LUMPUR – Another 40 volunteers will be sent to Sudan and Lebanon under the MyCorps humanitarian mission at the end of this year, the fifth such mission.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin said application is open from today and cam be made via the MyCorps official website.
“Those selected for the humanitarian mission will undergo training from Nov 26 to Dec 23,” he said in the ‘Ignition Ceremony, MyCorps @ South Asia’ programme here, today.
The programme is to welcome the return of 40 MyCorps volunteers who completed the fourth mission in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
In Lebanon, the mission will focus on Syrian refugee camps in Akra, Beirut, and Ketermaya, while in Sudan, it will focus on the eastern region and the capital to help refugees involved in the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Khairy was proud of the four previous missions and hopes that the government would continue to support by providing an allocation in Budget 2018.
“They have the source of funding for the projects but the deployment of volunteers still being borne by the government. It is a good programme, not only in terms of helping out people in the world, but also in terms of leadership training.”
He wants to make the MyCorps as big of the United States Peace Corps, with a longer mission of up to six months, compared to the two months at present.
“We are still new. The United States Peace Corps have been around since the 1960s. We will build this programme slowly,” he added. – BERNAMA