"How is it to be a youth volunteer in Laikipia?"

To improve and strengthen youth volunteer capacity, we need to know the current situation -  that is why we are doing an assessment.

The 19th and 20th of October we organized two workshops for youth volunteers in the Laikipia Branch of Kenya Red Cross (KRCS). (Watch film of the workshops below)

As youth delegates, we work with organizational development focused on the youth volunteers and youth structures of Laikipia Branch. To improve and strengthen youth volunteer capacity, we need to know the current situation -  that is why we are doing an assessment.

 Summing up the day at the workshop in Nanyuki. Photo: OTC-Photography

Summing up the day at the workshop in Nanyuki. Photo: OTC-Photography

The workshops are one of multiple sources for our assessment. Interviews, document reviews, and a questionnaire, are other sources we use. Meeting the youth volunteers and gaining insight in their reflections and understanding is crucial for us to focus our work where it is most needed, and where we can make sustainable interventions.

For those of you who are not so familiar with Kenyan geography, Laikipia is a county, the one we live and work within. We have groups of volunteers in various places. To reach out to as many as possible, we organized two workshops, one in Nanyuki, where we live and have our office. Here we invited volunteers from Doldol and Nanyuki. The second workshop was in Nyahururu, three hours away from Nanyuki, where we invited volunteers from Ol-Moran, Rumuruti, Nyahururu and Laikipia University in Nyahururu. In total, 61 youth volunteers, from 6 locations attended our workshops. Can you find the places on the map?

 Map of Laikipia County. Laikipia Wildlife Forum, http://laikipia.org/where-we-work/.

Map of Laikipia County. Laikipia Wildlife Forum, http://laikipia.org/where-we-work/.

The workshops consisted of sessions about the Youth Delegates Exchange Program, a fun quiz about Norway leading into talking about the Norwegian Red Cross and our work in Norway. In the second and most interesting part we asked the participants to discuss strengths and challenges they have as youth volunteers in Laikipia Branch. These were presented and discussed.

 Summing up the day at the Nyahururu Workshop. Photo: Peter Mugwero.

Summing up the day at the Nyahururu Workshop. Photo: Peter Mugwero.

Some questions that were raised:
“How can we ensure personal development for our volunteers?” “How can we make use of each others professional and personal skills?” “How can we improve our communication so that it reaches everyone, and on time?” “What can we do to have more consistent activities?” “How can we ensure a strong and good volunteer management and retainment?” “What income generating activities can we have?” “How can we ensure involvement in decision-making?” etc.

Asanteni to everyone who participated, it was a great pleasure for us and all your input is crucial in our work.

For more updates you can follow us and our Youth Delegate colleagues on social media:

Twitter:@NorCross2KRCS
Facebook: YDEP - Youth Delegates Exchange Programme
Instagram: @redcross_youthdelegates

You can contact us on our FB-profiles or email
Ingrid: Ingrid Legrand Ungdomsdelegat, ingridlg@ydep.no
Elfi: Elfi Ungdomsdelegat, elfitb@ydep.no