Youth Volunteers ReadY to Contribute to their own Local Community in Nepal

830 000. The six-digit number has no meaning standing alone. Alone it is just a number. But guess what, this number represent how many Red Cross Junior and Youth Volunteers wants to contribute to their own local community in Nepal. 830 000 different individual faces, over 1,6 million helping hands. This week the number of 100 was added to the total; 100 new Youth volunteers with a pumping heart for helping their community in Tanahun District, Nepal.

Establishment of new Youth Circle at Janajyoti Campus, Tanahun District. Photo: Ola Opdal.

Over 100 new volunteers from Bandipur Campus and Janajyoti Campus steps into new community working shoes.

This week over 100 new volunteers with a wish of helping their own local community, steps into a global movement that is known for addressing local humanitarian needs. Establishment of two new Youth Circles took place at Bandipur Campus and Janajyoti Campus in Tanahun District, Nepal. A Youth Circle is a group of youth volunteers organizes at schools in Nepal.  All new volunteers are now ready to contribute. Wanting to contribute is a human need every individual has. It is about feeling that you make a difference. Red Cross volunteers identify the local humanitarian needs and contribute with solutions through action in their communities, person to person, face to face. The Youth Circles in Nepal work on needs related to sanitation issues, reduction of stigma, social inclusion, young health and blood donations.

Visiter from Norwegian Red Cross encouraging volunteers to create humanitarian activities

Motivation for engagement and involvement is important for being involved in volunteer work, as we wrote about in "Number 1 on the checklist of youth-driven local humanitarian activities". Mr. Juma Ochieng Knowlden, YDEP International Coordinator from the Norwegian Red Cross, shared his story of starting out in the Red Cross movement locally as a Youth Volunteer himself. His thoughtful speech inspired the youth, while he encouraged them to create humanitarian activities for people in their own local communities. “Perhaps in 4 years, you can travel to Norway to be a Youth Delegate to teach Norwegian volunteers about how things are done in Nepal Red Cross Society”, Mr. Knowlden said enthusiastic.

 

Currently in Nepal, there are about 750 Youth Circles. In addition to that all volunteers bring their own personal values, the seven principles of the Red Cross are the most important when becoming part of the global movement; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. The 7 principles are drivers for our action and activities. We wish the new volunteers an inspiring and growing journey as volunteers in the Red Cross Movement.