When I leave from Norway to work in the field, I'm often very excited about my colleagues. I ask questions like: Whom are the persons I will be work with? Are they nice? Are they direct? Will we be capable of working together? Well, the questions in my mind are many. My gut feeling is always scratching, my expecations often increase and I always do some information checking in advance (yes, I admit that I am one of those who do that). When we first arrived in Nepal we met our national coordinator, Bal Krishna Sedai Sir. He works at the Red Cross headquater in Kathmandu and has a lot of experience in organizational development. He was the one that gave us an introducation our first week in Kathmandu - and is the person that we inquire for advices.
Furthermore, when you work as youth delegate one have a leader in the district one are working in. This leader is our local contact person (hereafter LCP). This is a person employed by the National Society, one that knows the organization and context very well and is a person that will work very closely with the activities in the field. The LCP gives advices and contribute with insight on issues we don't have knowledge about. She or he has the local knowledge - while we often contribute with the knowledge from our national society. Together we work to reach our goals with the youths.
In Nepal we have been fortunate to get to know our LCP, Kiran Karki. Kiran has worked 16 years in the Nepal Red Cross. He was also the LCP for the former youth delegates, Jonas and Eline, who worked and lived in Dharan from 2014-2015. Kiran, as we know him, is a very humble person. As the only one with extra responsibility in our district chapter office, he often works extra. This might be because he always say yes to help - which often means that he set aside his own things on the agenda.
Most of the people in Dharan knows Kiran really well – and as many has referred to “you guys are very lucky to work with Kiran”. And yes, we know! We could not asked for a better local contact person.
Is there anything that we have learned about Kiran is that the loves tea. However, this applies to all Nepalis. If there is one thing we have learned in Nepal it is the importance of tea (with a LOT of sugar). If you want participants to come on time, you must order some tea. You can not have a snack without tea. Breakfast is tea. Lunch is tea. Dinner might also be tea. And if you want to socialize, then go and drink tea.
Anyways, now I have to go and drink some tea (trying my best to integrate). Please keep following me and Camilla on Facebook to be updated on our work. This week we will also be on Snapchat, so you are welcome to add “rodekors.no” on snapchat and get a insight to our work in the field.
Lots of love from,