Re-posted (Blog from 28 September)
Samira, one of the very busy staff here in Telemark Red Cross office. She has been working with women and men groups of different culture and supporting different activities for/with them. Since months Samira is busy meeting immigrant people and interviewing people who want to be a Refugee Guide.
Refugee guide, the concept itself we felt is an appraisal worthy. We came to know that there are hundreds of people who are applying to be a volunteer and many of them want to be refugee guide. Refugee guides are the people who take some time out just to help immigrants to know new place, people and how things are done here in Norway.
Our work passionate Samira is a coordinator of organizing volunteers from different culture and that is something our entire office is busy with these days. It is really fascinating to see the jump in the number of people who want to be a volunteer and many of them a refugee guid in Red Cross. There are many of asylum seekers here in different parts of Telemark.
In that past days Red Cross here is also supporting and running many fund raising activities that goes for the refugee support in the place where they are, on their way and here in Norway.
We spent last days of the week in Emergency Refugee Reception Center here in Notodden, Telemark and that we have two refugee reception centers here in Telemark by now. There were 174 refugees and that included 20 children. It was so inspiring to see how leader, staffs, volunteers of Notodden Red Cross and local people are cooperating to help the refugees there. We found that the Red Cross has been there from the first day. For us it's been very different experience to be with refugees and to know what they have gone through. We were there helping them with basic things, talking to them and playing with the kids.
We felt that we were easily accepted and those people not different at all from us, knew that there are other people who care and understand them regardless of language. It will be very hard for us, to forget the faces and our days that started with their greetings and smile.
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