Visiting Mombasa Branch

Happy New Year!
We are both back at the office in Nanyuki and in work mode.

Travelling does not only allow you to see new cities, people and taste new food, if you are lucky you might also stumble across a Red Cross Office. During her Christmas vacation to the pwani (coast) Elfi visited the Mombasa Branch office.

Map of Kenya. Photo: www.mapsland.com.

Map of Kenya. Photo: www.mapsland.com.

Meeting up with Red Cross Friends

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Elfi and her friend visiting from Norway, Mina in front of the Ivory Tusks of Mombasa. Photo: Fayaz Iqbal Hassan.

Elfi and her friend visiting from Norway, Mina in front of the Ivory Tusks of Mombasa. Photo: Fayaz Iqbal Hassan.

In Mombasa Elfi met up with KRCS friends whom we got to know at the National Youth Camp in November - Fayaz from Mombasa Branch and Collins from Kirinyaga Branch. In addition to seeing the famous Ivory Tusks (featured on the 50KES note), the beach and palm trees, they more importantly visited the Mombasa Branch office.

F.l. Collins from Kirinyaga Branch (currently Mr. Kenya Red Cross), Mina Vinje (Friend of Elfi visiting from Norway) and Fayaz from Mombasa Branch. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

F.l. Collins from Kirinyaga Branch (currently Mr. Kenya Red Cross), Mina Vinje (Friend of Elfi visiting from Norway) and Fayaz from Mombasa Branch. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

Visiting the Mombasa Branch Office

The office was open with several staff and volunteers, many whom were working on finishing reports before the end of the year. Everyone was very welcoming and happy to have visitors from other branches.

Entering the office, you are met with this plaque from the opening in 2002, when former President Moi was here to mark the event. In the reflection is Fayaz to the left, a Mombasa Branch volunteer and Elfi to the right. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

Entering the office, you are met with this plaque from the opening in 2002, when former President Moi was here to mark the event. In the reflection is Fayaz to the left, a Mombasa Branch volunteer and Elfi to the right. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

Remember the KRCS Volunteer Awards in December? Mombasa Branch won one price after the other during the ceremony, and this is where they ended up on display. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

Remember the KRCS Volunteer Awards in December? Mombasa Branch won one price after the other during the ceremony, and this is where they ended up on display. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

Income Generating Activities (IGAs)

Mombasa Branch has several externally funded projects, amongst other a livelihood project with the EU. A part of the project is to support youth with job opportunities.

This is Mombasa Branch’s matatu (bus), which is a part of the livelihood project with EU.

A car wash project, partly run by KRCS Mombasa Branch. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

A car wash project, partly run by KRCS Mombasa Branch. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

The building to the right has a big hall that the Branch rent out as an IGA. Photo: ElfI Thrane Bemelmans.

Visiting Red Cross in a new city is like visiting family. It furthermore strengthens the feeling that the work we do is important. RC/RC is present in 191 countries with millions of volunteers working to alleviate human suffering. Together we are stronger and we can reach further.

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