Becoming a part of Kenya Red Cross Society

Habari zenu? How time flies! One month of pre-departure training in Oslo is over, and Kenya has been our home for almost two weeks. We are grateful for the warm welcome given to us by Kenyans and by Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). Karibu (welcome) is a word we have often heard during these two weeks. 

We hit the ground running when arriving in Nairobi, with meetings at the Regional Norwegian Red Cross office and at the KRCS headquarter. Side note: in Nairobi we stayed at the Boma Inn, which is a KRCS owned hotel. This is one of many innovative income-generating activities by the KRCS.

Visiting the Regional Office of the Norwegian Red Cross. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans

Visiting the Regional Office of the Norwegian Red Cross. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans

Meeting with the Norwegian Red Cross Country Manager for Kenya, Vinay Sadavarte. Photo: YDEP/Norwegian Red Cross

Meeting with the Norwegian Red Cross Country Manager for Kenya, Vinay Sadavarte. Photo: YDEP/Norwegian Red Cross

KRCS headquarter is a large office, and we were introduced to all the departments during our first few days in Kenya. Our National and Regional coordinators gave important briefings about the Red Cross in Kenya, Laikipia county, and about the Kenya Red Cross Youth programme. 

Kenya Red Cross Society headquarter in Nairobi. Photo: Ingrid Legrand Gjerdset

Kenya Red Cross Society headquarter in Nairobi. Photo: Ingrid Legrand Gjerdset

Mr. Gitonga, YDEP regional coordinator, and Elfi Thrane Bemelmans, Youth Delegate. Photo: Ingrid Legrand Gjerdset

Mr. Gitonga, YDEP regional coordinator, and Elfi Thrane Bemelmans, Youth Delegate. Photo: Ingrid Legrand Gjerdset

We are impressed by the important part youth play in KRCS. In our meetings, we learned that 60 percent of the Kenyan population are younger than 35 years of age, and that within this number, 60 percent are below 30 years of age. In short, Kenya has a young population, and this is reflected in the KRCS. 

Kenya Red Cross Youth Promise:
“To join with others all over the world to help the sick and suffering” 

Kenya Red Cross Youth focus their activities around a 4-part youth programme. The components are: 

  1. Community Service 

  2. Promotion of National and International Friendship and Understanding

  3. Dissemination of Red Cross Principles 

  4. Protection of Life and Health 

We are excited to be a part of this programme and KRCS in general. In the upcoming blogposts we will write more about how and what we are doing in Laikipia county. 

We extend special thanks to our National Coordinator, Shadrack Musyoka, our Regional Coordinator, Mr. Gitonga, and Tabitha, Zipporah, Serah and Alex at the KRCS headquarter for taking such good care of us in Nairobi and for installing us into our home in Nanyuki, Laikipia. 

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We were greeted by this lovely group in Nairobi. Photo: Alex Ayub

We were greeted by this lovely group in Nairobi. Photo: Alex Ayub