Planning is more fun when there's food involved

Habari zenu dear readers,

2019 is going great for us and YDEP in Laikipia so far. We have recruited a team of volunteers to work closely with us to implement the project in the coming few months, which is a very exciting development. More on the team in a coming blog post - today we want to tell you about our Monday.

We invited the Branch Youth Committee (BYC) to our home to discuss upcoming activities and their timing. We cooperate closely with the BYC, as they are responsible for implementing the KRCS 4-part youth programme in Laikipia, which we wrote more about in this blog post.

Youth Chair Amos Koech and BYC member Edwin Kagiri present their ideas to the group. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

Youth Chair Amos Koech and BYC member Edwin Kagiri present their ideas to the group. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

The BYC members actively discussed recommendations in the Youth Organizational Capacity Assessment report we have been working on for the past few months.  A great thing about the youth in the BYC is how they see every suggestion like an opportunity. We had a fun exercise going through activity ideas and tentatively placing them in a calendar. The rest of our stay in Laikipia is rapidly taking shape!

BYC members Moses Muriuki and Peter Mugweru. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

BYC members Moses Muriuki and Peter Mugweru. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

In addition to talking about youth volunteering and the Red Cross, we prepared and shared an amazing meal. It was fun introducing our friends to TACOS. This is actually a Mexican dish, but it is so loved by Norwegians that it was almost like sharing a Norwegian tradition.

Tacos can be served in a myriad of ways, at least in Norway (we hope Mexicans take no offence). The essence is that you have a lot of different components that you put in either a wrap (like a chapati, but thinner) or a taco shell. If you are too greedy when filling your wrap or taco shell, the eating experience will be messy, as many BYC members realized on Monday.

Some elements that we suggest including in a taco dinner:
Taco wrap/shell
Cheese
Refried beans
Nachochips
Salad
Guacamole: avocados, chili, onion, coriander, salt, pepper, lime
Sweet corn purée: butter and mashed sweet corn
Salsa: mango, tomato, coriander, onion
Minced meat, seasoned with chili, cumin, salt and pepper.
Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

Another fun part of the evening was placing our phones in this basket. The first person to grab their phone loses. It’s a great way of keeping a group focused on each other when hanging out together. Try it with your friends!

Oh, and what did the losing person have to do? A little dance of course! Ingrid lost the competition, but the rest of the group were so happy about the tacos that they joined her. Evidence posted on our Facebook profiles.