On Sunday we were welcomed to this beautiful country by our national contact person Beibi and Lefa who is a member of the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) staff. They took us safely to our accommodation, where we both got some much needed sleep after a 32h travel.
The last couple of days have been filled with introductions and information about LRCS different programs and activities. We see that there are several differences from Norway, but also some similarities. Everyone has been so welcoming, and we now know it will be a great pleasure working with both the staff and the volunteers.
Today has been the best day yet. We got to meet a bunch of motivated and inspiring young girls through the Lesotho National Olympic Committee’s “Young women in sports leadership development programme”. They take part in this 6 months long programme to learn more about youth empowerment and young leadership. Together with Beibi we represented the LRCS during his presentation of how the Red Cross’ work with and for women in Lesotho. We also got to talk about the Youth Delegate Exchange Programme and our role in this setting. The presentation was held at Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village, and since we were already out driving Lefa an Beibi took us sightseeing in the area, followed by lunch with some of the senior management.
Later in the day we visited the Maseru RC Division where we met a group of very engaged and talented youths. We were truly impressed with them and the work they carry out. They introduced us to some fun games so we could get to know each other a little better. These youths really made our day, and we can't wait to see them again!
Before we left Oslo we got our Sesotho names (Mpho (Ida) & Kamohelo (Astri)) from the Bastho YDs, and it seems this is the easiest way to introduce our selfes, since they are struggling with our names, especially Astri’s name (Åustrich). Mpho means “gift”, and Kamohelo “welcome”.
- Mpho & Kamohelo