Being a Youth Delegate has given us unique opportunities to learn, contribute with our own experiences and carry on skills and knowledge to the Red Cross youth volunteers in Madagascar. One of the objectives we work towards while being a part of the Youth Delegate Exchange Programme is to “Increase young volunteers’ capacity to meet the needs of the most vulnerable”
Some of the important factors that needs to be taken into account when doing so, is to map;
- who are the most vulnerable in the community and what are their needs?
- what kind of capacities do the youth volunteers have to possess to be able to meet those needs?
- which capacities do the youth volunteers need to strengthen and how can they do so?
One of the main things we have worked with in Tsiroanomandidy has been to strengthen their planning skills by introducing a problem analysis tool, “the problem tree”. With “the problem tree”, you do a thorough study of one or more problems, to identify their causes and decide whether and how to tackle them.
Over the past months, we have facilitated a planning workshop for the members of the youth board and initiated to create a system of bi-monthly activity plans. Furthermore, we have focused on the importance of planning for activities that meet the needs of the most vulnerable in the community.
The members of the youth board have been fast learners and we are excited to observe that they have increased their knowledge and improved their planning skills. The tools that they have become familiar with are also important for the other youth volunteers. Therefore, the district youth president held a planning workshop and introduced “the problem tree” for 12 youth volunteers earlier this week.