HIPP HIPP HURRAY - FOR CONSTITUTION DAY!

Karmøy Red Cross participating on people's parade

Karmøy Red Cross participating on people's parade

17.May is one of the most celebrated days in Norway, and it marks when the constitution declared Norway to be an independent kingdom, after being lononized by Sweden and Denmark. We consider it a good thing to take part in this special day of Norway; here is our experience of 17 May 2016 in Åkra.

BARNETOG (CHILDDREN'S PARADE

Children marching

Children marching

At 10:00 AM , the children from three local schools in Åkra marched on the parade wearing the national costumes, holding the national flags, singing the national anthem, blowing the trumpets, violins , playing the harps, drums and many more music instruments.

FOLKETOG (PROPLE'S PARADE)

Later at 3:00 PM, there was the people's parade which is called, "folketog" or "borgertog" in Norwegian. On people's parade many people, organisations, sport clubs and many more join the parade including Red Cross. This parade was very similar to the children's parade; people were wearing the national costumes, singing songs, singing national anthem, playing music instruments and finally there was an important speech made about this special day, to inform everyone about why 17.May is an important day in Norway.

peopl's parade in Åkra

peopl's parade in Åkra

We had a fun time, and really enjoyed watching all the people in "bunad" (national folk dress) , and watching children celebrating together.

Happy Friday with Brune Red Cross local branch youth!

youth delegates having fun on a group photo with Brune Red Cross local branch youth

youth delegates having fun on a group photo with Brune Red Cross local branch youth

This as our first time to meet the Brune Red Cross Youth; they meet every first Friday of the month. The main purpose of the meeting was to get to know them, share and learn some social activities. We taught them a break dance and they taught us the Arabic dance, which was very cool to learn! They were quite a big group too - 27 youth in total.

youth delegates performing a break-dance with the Brune Red Cross Youth  

youth delegates performing a break-dance with the Brune Red Cross Youth

 

After performing some dances, we shared some delicious, vegetarian delicious food.

THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF MIDGARDSORMEN BRIDGE BETWEEN TIME AND KLEPP MUNICIPALITIES 

One of the youth delegates on a picture with the two mayors of Time and Klepp municipalities before the official opening of the new footbridge

One of the youth delegates on a picture with the two mayors of Time and Klepp municipalities before the official opening of the new footbridge

Last week , we also joined the opening of a new footbridge between Time and Klepp municipalities on the South side of Rogaland district. The name of the bridge is, "Midgardsormen" (in English: the Midgard Serpent, or the "World Serpent"). The name of the famous snake comes from the nose mythology. As the myth says, the serpent grew so large that the earth and grasp his own tail. Certainly the bridge also looks a bit like a long snake!

It was nice to know tat the footbridge was built through the contribution of the community (in Norwegian: called "dugnad". At least 1 700 people voluntarily contributed in the construction of it, and the bridge was planned a decade ago. Everyone was awarded a certificate of appreciation as part of memory.

The bridge was constructed to make people use outdoor areas even more, and we are certain that they will!

The new footbridge named Midgardsormen between Time and Klepp municipalities in the South side of Rogaland district

The new footbridge named Midgardsormen between Time and Klepp municipalities in the South side of Rogaland district

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A YOUTH DELEGATE IN NORWAY?

The end of our mission is getting closer! This is, of course, sad. However, it also means that we get the chance to welcome and pass our knowledge over to the new youth delegates. The new international youth delegates for 2016-2017 were here last week, and we got some time to spend with them. We, the current international youth delegates, gave the new incoming youth delegates a warm welcome in Norway, and spent about three days together in Oslo. The new incoming youth delegates were from Madagascar, Nepal and Colombia. A lovely group of people!

Current youth delegates welcoming the new incoming youth delegates

Current youth delegates welcoming the new incoming youth delegates

During a course called the, "Pre-Youth Basic Training Course" (YBTC) we were granted an opportunity to share our experiences as the youth delegates in Norway. We began our sessions with the team building activities because we understand that as youth delegates we will always work in teams. For instance, we conducted some active listening and assertive communication- activities.This are the important skills that you constantly have to make use of as a youth delegate, both with your co-delegate, volunteers and others.

Each delegate couple on a dialogue team building activity

Each delegate couple on a dialogue team building activity

One of activity we conducted was called "Bombs and Red Cross". This is an activity where each delegate couple had to blindfold their co-delegate through a path without stepping on the "Bombs" . Trust and clear communication were some of the key factors to be taught here.

Delegates guiding their blind folded co-delegates to find Red Cross papers

Delegates guiding their blind folded co-delegates to find Red Cross papers

We also had a presentation about the Norwegian Red Cross. Here, we included youth activities in Red Cross, how to cooperate with youth volunteers. We also talked specifically about activities related to search and rescue, health and activities for children. These activities are the most relevant ones for the delegates during their nine months mission in Norway.

On the second evening with the new incoming youth delegates, we prepared our own countries national meals, which we shared together with the new incoming youth delegates. Food from Lesotho, Nepal and Colombia was enjoyed, and we had a nice and multicultural evening together. In excellent Red Cross spirit.

Having dinner together with the new incoming youth delegates

Having dinner together with the new incoming youth delegates

CREATIVE WAYS OF LEARNING AND UNDERSTANDING THE HISTORY OF THE RED CROSS - RED CRESCENT MOVEMENT

Last week we went to Egersund Red Cross branch where we spent time doing different activities with RØFF members. 

                    This is a group of RØFF in Egersund, Rogaland

                    This is a group of RØFF in Egersund, Rogaland

We got a warm welcome, and during our meeting we got to know each other better as this was our first time to meet them.

We divided ourselves into two groups and made an outdoor activity in the forest where each group and had to find ten hidden questions in the forest, which were related to First Aid and history of the movement of Red Cross-Red Crescent. The quiz was very interesting. It was challenging as well, as it was very hard to walk in the forest searching for the hidden questions, and the other group ended up not finding the tenth question.

After we found the hidden question papers, we sat down together and discussed questions.

                                   Open discussions about the quiz

                                   Open discussions about the quiz

In the middle of discussions, we shared the snacks and we asked questions like whether they want to recruit more volunteers to join RØFF. The answer was yes, as their target group is teenagers, because in this  way they can make more influence to their peers. Additionally, the more people know about RØFF, the more they get members. "RØFF is very important in Norway because it is with this activity where youth learn how to survive the different weather conditions and the outdoor activities are mainly focused on safety and the nature, one of the volunteers told us."

During our visit we also had some social interesting games, including ice breakers at the in the middle of the activity. This helped everyone of us to know every one's name within a short time.

It has never been so easy for us to know all the names of the participants in a very short time, but it happened with Egersund Red Cross RØFF members.

We hope to meet them again before we return to Lesotho 

MORE EXPERIENCES

It's getting closer to the end of our delegation mission...Check out what we have been doing these previous weeks!

We have been joining different activities in three local branches of Rogaland Red Cross district, as well as participating on the Street Mediation workshop.

            PARTICIPATING IN STREET MEDIATION WORKSHOP IN SANDNES

Participants for the Street Mediation Course

Participants for the Street Mediation Course

In this course, twelve volunteers from different branches were facilitating the conflict workshop.  This was their first certification course, and everybody was nervous, but did really well! Excellent job, everyone!

              ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS IN KARMØY RED CROSS LOCAL BRANCH

Annual general meeting for Karmøy Cross'' local branch

Annual general meeting for Karmøy Cross'' local branch

In addition, we  have been attending Karmøy Red Cross local branch annual general meeting. Here, the annual report was presented before the volunteers, local branch youth elections were held and plans for the next year were discussed. We are excited to see the plans turn into reality!

We learned that each member of the board is given a responsibility for a certain activity during his or her term as a member of local branch board. This is definitely something we want to take with us when we return to our dear national society.

    LEARNING ABOUT STAVANGER RED CROSS'S HUMANITARIAN ACTIVITIES

groups discussions about the humanitarian activities

groups discussions about the humanitarian activities

One memorable activity for us during these last weeks was joining the Stavanger Red Cross youth board. Here, they discussed and planned awareness campaigns about Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS through Sexual Health Education. Another group discussed how to socialize with elderlies. Lastly, one group focused on social activities with the refugees. We felt really inspired and proud to see the humanitarian work coming from Stavanger .

A JOB WELL DONE BY RED CROSS YOUTH

On 11 February, Nthatisi and I had two different activities. Nthaitisi went to a RØFF activity in Haugesund Red Cross where she got to know the youth and how they arrange their activities. I {Lebusa) went with Karmøy youth to have a stand in Skudenes Ungodom skole for introducing our activities 

Everyone in the stand had either a t-shirt on or a Red Cross sweater to stand out in the crowd.

To prepare for the stand few in the youth group made a really cool brochure with information about Red Cross Youth activities to give out to students and their parents.

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE VALUE OF TEAM WORK-IN THE SHOW

Do you know how to survive during extreme  weather conditions?

During the last couple of days, we have been giving it a try together with about fifty participants from four local branches of Rogaland District Red Cross. To learn how stay safe in snowy condition, we did our outdoor activities with different team building games, skiing and avalanche activities.

The Norwegian Red Cross has long lasting expertise in rescuing people in the mountains, for example after avalanche accidents.

Ironically, due to extreme weather conditions, the camp had to be postponed for three days due to a very strong storm called,"Tor".

However, thanks to our team and the teamwork, we completed our basic snow training in the end. It was a great experience!

   

 

 


COMMUNICATING LIKE A GIRAFFE TO AVOID CONFLICT

Do you speak wolf or giraffe?

How people communicate can significantly influence the level of conflict in a society.This is what we learned during the first week of January 2016 in partnership with international volunteers from the Norwegian Peace Corps (fredskorpset).

this is us with some of the volunteers, ready to embark on the course

this is us with some of the volunteers, ready to embark on the course

During this week, we facilitated a conflict workshop. The Red Cross Street Mediation is a methodology that gives youth tools and skills to solve conflicts without the use of violence.

The point of the methodology is to make youth aware of their own reactions, feelings, and behavior in personal conflict situations. Through participatory  games, reflective dialogues and role-play, we learn the importance of non-violent communication (which we call "giraffe language") to prevent a conflict from escalating.

Here are some contributions from the participants to sum up the workshops learning outcomes:

- Do not be too defensive. Give room for the other person's opinions. In some situations, try to be like a giraffe; calm, and with big ears and big heart.

-It is important to seek assistance from a third party in case the two parties fail to agree.

-The change starts with yourself, and then transfers to the next person.

demonstration of "wolf mode" of communication: Aggressive style that escalates the conflict

demonstration of "wolf mode" of communication: Aggressive style that escalates the conflict

The goal is not to avoid all the conflict, but to find way to manage the conflicts positively and constructively.

during the workshop we had an interesting cultural evening where each group performed different cultural role plays.

during the workshop we had an interesting cultural evening where each group performed different cultural role plays.

Understanding culture differences between them can help to find solutions to conflicts.


A DAY TO REMEMBER

Thirty volunteers participated on Christmas celebration in Karmøy

Thirty volunteers participated on Christmas celebration in Karmøy

We have been waiting for the traditional Christmas party,(julbord) of Karmøy Red Cross. Lesotho is a christian country, and in some parts of Norway such as Karmøy Christmas is celebrated in a christian tradition. however, we celebrate Christmas  quite differently. In Lesotho we normally have a Christmas party during the day of work. We play loud music, and eat delicious food like braai(grill) meat; we also travel to the interesting places to have fun. But this time in Karmøy; we dress up nicely, we had Norwegian Christmas food and  there were lots of Christmas decorations inside and outside.

We also had an opportunity to play present game, (pakkeleken) .

Finally the award ceremony started and five youth volunteers were given presents and  certificates  related to the following; Most engaged youth volunteer, Clown of the year, Joy of the year, Blond of the year, and  the nag cup of the year.

Five youth volunteers holding their certificates and gifts 

Five youth volunteers holding their certificates and gifts 

Karmøy youth volunteers and Lesotho Youth Delegates 

Karmøy youth volunteers and Lesotho Youth Delegates 

It was a certainly a day to remember!

the mayor of Karmøy joins red cross youth volunteers in celebration of world aids day

Working with people who need help and support has really transformed our life, it has made us appreciate  a lot of things about life and we are very happy for being given the opportunity to care and support others. It is in this day, (1st December) that we celebrate and remind those far and wide about the need to show love to everyone who is affected by HIV/AIDS and stop discriminating those who are living with AIDS. Let us rise and make the world a more beautiful place!

At least we managed to distribute 1 000 condoms and 300 packages of 2 candies,1 Red AIDS ribbon,condom manual and HIV/AIDS awareness leaflets. Karmøy Red Cross youth volunteers did a great job by helping with translation of English to Norsk.

We had the stand in different places of Karmøy namely: Kopervik, Åkra and Skudenes. Where we successfully did this great job and what is more interesting is that Jarle Nilsen (mayor of Karmøy)  joined us, everything was successful.

There was also a quiz competition about HIV-AIDS

Life skills course in Stavanger

Life Skills are psycho-social competences which enable an individual to develop adaptive and positive behavior to deal effectively with challenges and demands of everyday life. The development of Life Skills is a life long process that starts in early childhood and continues throughout ones life.

The skills that deal mainly with the mental functions and processes, such as the problem-solving, and the skills that deal with one’s interaction with self, others and the environment.

Life Skills Education is the study of abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and the challenges of everyday life.

Most people feel lonely because they have not discovered that; they are special to their family, friends and people around them. Positive thinking says "human beings are born for a purpose and they are precious and unique". "Recognizing our individuals" was one of topics we discussed in Life skills course.  There we managed to discover our potentials and abilities, by writing one of the good things we do for other people at home, school or work. The topic also helped us to figure out how important we are to our communities. Therefore we have to think positive about our lives and not to be discouraged by setbacks.

These are Lesotho youth delegates together with Stavanger Red Cross Youth

These are Lesotho youth delegates together with Stavanger Red Cross Youth

Last month activities

MAP AND COMPASS TRAINING COURSE

Last month we had the basic training on how the map is built up. Where we learned difference symbols on the map and how to find the coordinate of spots, we also learned how to find the coordinate of your destination (under and on top of the sheet). We learned how to use the compass to find north, south, east and west, and to find the different degrees on map. Finally we went outside to practice what we have learned during the session.

Map reading and compass use

Map reading and compass use

This is wound makeup

This is wound makeup

This is casualty makeup we used to make fake wound, when we practice first aid we use this makeup to make wound look real. We also use this kind of makeup in Halloween festival to make people look more scary by making fake scratches on their face. Even though we find it scary, but we also find it fun to see how makeup can do fake wound looks  more realistic like real injuries. There are more different opportunities to make fake injuries. It’s only your imagination that stops you.

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Halloween party in Haugesund

Halloween party in Haugesund

Allehelgensaften (Norsk) which is All hollow’s eve: is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31st October, the eve of the western Christian feast of all hallows’ day. This is made in remembrance of dead including saints (hallows) and faithful departed.

Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, decorations, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions and telling scary stories.

This year of 2015 Haugesund Red Cross managed to celebrate Halloween festival by inviting all youths to Red Cross house, where some people made fake wound and scratches on their faces as well as on their bodies to look more scary. The purpose of scary makeups was to scare some of people who joined Halloween party, we did this by hiding ourselves on dark Forrest and invited others to come and find us then scare them.    

KARMØY RED CROSS CELEBRATED 150th BIRTHDAY OF NORWEGIAN RED CROSS AT SOLSTEIN

Happy Birth Day To Norwegian Red Cross

Norwegian Red Cross was found on 04/11/1865, yesterday was it's 150th birthday. Karmøy Red Cross (1 local RC branches of Rogaland district in Norway) happily celebrated this birthday at Solstein with more than 60 participants.

This was an interesting birthday party.John Roger Midtun (the leader of Karmøy Røde Kors) delivered an opening speech,where he included the history of Red Cross/Red Crescent movement as well as how Norwegian Red Cross was found.Again Per Olav (the vice/next leader of Karmøy Rode Kors) asked the participants to stand up and sit down according to for how long one had been in the family of Red Cross and we found out that 6 people had been in Red Cross for more than 40 years. 

At the end of  the party we tasted the birthday cake and watch and listen to dance and music,Lebusa performed BREAK DANCE and SLOGMÅKANE BAND (famours Karmøy band that participate in Norway's got talent) performed 3 ear catching songs.They asked Jarle Nilsen (newly elected mayor of Karmøy) to join them.

YOUTH DELEGATES PARTICIPATION IN CENTRAL YOUTH CONFERENCE

youthdelegatesin SUK

This was the moment we dressed up for Gala Dinner in Oslo at SUK{Sentral Ungdom Konferanse } and some of Red Cross Volunteers got awards which was really motivation to other youth volunteers in Red Cross to keep hard working in Humanitarian work.  

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This was how Red Cross youth in Norway Elect or Vote in their Conferenceand it was really amazing to see youth taking responsibilities and make a differences. Not only they look back their challenges during implementation of their activities but also they come up with their Resolutions.    

This was how Red Cross youth in Norway Elect or Vote in their Conferenceand it was really amazing to see youth taking responsibilities and make a differences. Not only they look back their challenges during implementation of their activities but also they come up with their Resolutions.    

THE YOUTH DELEGATES FROM LESOTHO TO ROGALAND

Ungdomsdelegater R¯de Kors Ungdom 2015-2016

Hi Everyone! My name is Nthatisi Lesala, I am 25 years old,I  have been a member of Lesotho Red Cross Society for 5 years. I volunteered on different youth activities in my home district,(Thaba-Tseka): I have been a district youth leader for three years,and I was a Peer Educator for a year.Some of my expectations for being a youth delegate are to share my skills with Norwegian Red Cross youth volunteers, to learn from them and to have the very good experiences. 

Hello Everyone! I am Lebusa Khasu a 24 years old  man who born and raise in Lesotho, I have been a Volunteer/Member of Lesotho Red Cross Society since 2006 acting on different part of youth leadership; I was branch chairperson for some years and then elected to Divisional Youth Committee.

 Portrettbilde av ungdomsdelegater 2015-2016

HI ROGALAND  Here we come the place we going to spend our 9 mouths working together as team with all youth and sharing skills and experience, we are really looking forward to be in such a nice place.