KRCS National Youth Camp

Plenary session one morning at the camp. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans

Plenary session one morning at the camp. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans

KRCS Governor Dr. Said giving us a warm welcome. Photo: Kevo Kip

KRCS Governor Dr. Said giving us a warm welcome. Photo: Kevo Kip

25th November until 1st December Kenya Red Cross organized annual National Youth Camp in Isiolo, in the center of Kenya. 130 youth volunteers from across the country gathered to learn about this years topic "Safe Spaces for Youth". "How can we create safe economical, health and civic spaces for youth in society?" This was the topic for the first days' workshops. The camp program also included team building, a game drive (safari), community service at Kind Heart's Children's home, a cultural evening and much more.

Team building session. Photo: YDEP

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in from the Upper Eastern Regional Office to Isiolo town. YDEP

…you can now find Red Cross volunteers saying Hvordan går det? (How is it going?), Det går bra! (It is going well!)

In addition to presenting ourselves and the Youth Delegates Exchange Programme, we gave a brief lesson in Norwegian to the youth volunteers. Moving around Kenya you can now find Red Cross volunteers saying Hvordan går det? (How is it going?), Det går bra! (It is going well!).

KRCS’ Youth Engagement Strategy (Y.E.S.)

Kenya Red Cross has had it's own youth strategy, based on IFRC'S Y.E.S. since 2015. They are currently doing a midterm evaluation where they are piloting an IFRC Y.E.S. evaluation tool.

One session that caught our interest in particular, was an evaluation of Kenya Red Cross's Youth Engagement Strategy. Kenya Red Cross has had it's own youth strategy, based on IFRC'S Y.E.S. since 2015. They are currently doing a midterm evaluation where they are piloting an IFRC Y.E.S. evaluation tool.


Short about IFRC's Y.E.S: it is the Movement's vision for how we want to engage youth. It identifies youth as leaders, volunteers and members of target communities, but simultaneously stresses the fluidity of these roles. It furthermore identifies three ways in which we as RC/RC shall engage youth, through education, empowerment and creating enabling environments.


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Information about decision-making processes is crucial in engaging youth volunteers to participate in deciding the direction of the organization.

Firstly the participants were informed about the strategy and the evaluation process which has already taken place in a few branches. Information about decision-making processes is crucial in engaging youth volunteers to participate in deciding the direction of the organization.

Secondly, the participants were split according to the three groups of youth; leaders, volunteers and members of target communities. Based on a questionnaire about the individual’s experience of engagement and involvement they had a discussion about how the KRCS Y.E.S. has been successful.

For us as Youth Delegates, the camp offered a unique opportunity to see how KRCS organizes national events, to present YDEP and last but not least interact with members of other branches.

Please enjoy our pictures!

Community Service at Kind Hearts’ Children’s Home in Isiolo. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans & Kevo Kip

The Cultural evening and the pageant for Mr. and Mrs. Kenya Red Cross Society, where Elfi was among the judges. Photo: YDEP

Until next time!
Ingrid & Elfi