Visit to Ankadinondry Sakay – a pilot commune of the Malagasy Red Cross

A part of the experience of being a Youth Delegate is to learn about Red Cross programmes and activities of the host National Society. Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross) has been cooperating with Malagasy Red Cross (MRC) since 2012 and supports MRC in the areas of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Health and Organisational Development.

Meeting the youth volunteers in Ankadinondry Sakay

Meeting the youth volunteers in Ankadinondry Sakay

This week we got the opportunity to visit Ankadinondry Sakay, one of MRC’s six pilot communes. NorCross has supported MRC’s organizational development programme in Ankadinondry Sakay since 2013. This rural commune is located 66 kilometres east of Tsiroanomandidy, where we live. Ankadinondry Sakay has 22 villages, whereas 16 of them have Red Cross activities. These include home visits and sensitizations concerning Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), environmental protection, first aid demonstrations and activities within Community Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA).

There is no Red Cross youth structure established in Ankadinondry Sakay yet, but youth still make up the main bulk of active volunteers in the commune. We were fortunate to meet many of them and facilitate for some teambuilding exercises and games. Last but not least, we got a brief tour around Ankadinondry village and we learned more about the volunteers’ work.
 

Are you interested in reading more about some of the work Norwegian Red Cross' do in Madagascar? Follow these links:
- http://vannforlivet.no/english/
- https://www.rodekors.no/vart-arbeid/internasjonal/afrika/madagaskar/ (NB. the webpage is in Norwegian)