RØDE KORS CAFE

Verdal Red Cross is one of the local branch of Nord-Trøndelag Red Cross. In this local branch different activities are being run to help the people who are in need. Verdal Red Cross Café is one activity of Verdal Red Cross to reach out to people who have difficulties in everyday life. This café meets a target group in the community who needs help in terms of being able to have a cheap meal, or maybe just a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, it may also be the people who just need a place to go out for talking to other people. This café is opened for three days in a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and serves food to the people in very low price.

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Last Wednesday, we also became a part of this café where we met some new people who were volunteering for Verdal Red Cross. After having some conversation with colleagues and volunteers who were working in the café, we came to know that mostly students, old people and people who have low income come to eat in the café even though it is open for everyone.

Thora Fornes, one of the volunteer in the café explained us about cooperation between café and super markets in Verdal and about positive responses they received from the people who visit the café. We helped the volunteers working in the café in making food and arranging table. We also got opportunity to have lunch in the café together with our colleagues working in Verdal and Levanger and had a good time there.

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SKIING IS NOT EASY

Skiing is a recreational activity and a winter sport in which the participant uses skis to glide on snow. The word ‘Ski’ is derived from the old Norwegian word ‘skíð’ which means a split piece of wood. Skiing was originally a form of transportation in Europe before it became a sport. Today in Norway, skiing is very popular, and it is said that the Norwegians are born with skis on their feet. We have snow for whole year in the mountain region of Nepal, but it is very difficult to do skiing due to geographical conditions.

 Last week, we got an opportunity to go for skiing with our contact person and other international delegates from Colombia and Madagascar. It was the first time we tried skiing and we realised that skiing is not that easy as it looks like. We borrowed some skis and ski boots from Red Cross and went to Steinkjer ski stadium. After reaching there, we put on skis on our feet and tried to walk on the snow. It was very uncomfortable to take first few steps, but we somehow learned how to walk with skis. Mona, our contact person was there to teach us how to do skiing and we practiced some time with her.

Falling (and getting up)

As we know if we fail while doing any activity or anything else we get a chance to learn new thing or find out a way to do it differently, same thing happened with us while practicing skiing. As we started to glide on snow we fell down a lot because we couldn’t maintain balance between our body and skis. The hard part was getting up, it was very difficult to get up because of skis attached to feet and we used to fall down again while trying to get up. Sometimes we felt embarrassed seeing children of 3-4 years doing skiing very easily without falling. Even though we were falling down a lot, we were happy because falling is a part of the game and without falling we can’t learn it.

We enjoyed skiing that day because we were with our friends and that was our first experience of skiing. We also enjoyed sliding on snow board. We are looking forward to doing ski again and we will surely share our experience with you. So, keep following our blogs.

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Tusen Takk!!!

Prakriti and Deepak.

 

Juleferie på Røros 2017/Christmas Holiday in Røros 2017

In our previous blog post, we said that we will share how we celebrated Christmas in Norway. So, we are here with another new blog post about celebration of Christmas.

 We don’t celebrate Christmas in our country like here in Norway. For us, it was the first time we have celebrated Christmas which was one of the amazing experience for us. We celebrated Christmas with Ferie for Alle (Holiday for all) together with other international youth delegates in Røros, one of the beautiful and historical place of Norway.

Ferie for alle was not new for us because we had already got chance to participate on it during autumn holiday but this time it was on Christmas time so we were more excited for this holiday. Our journey for Christmas holiday started from 22nd of December with 15 families (61 participants) from different parts of Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag. On the first day, we met with all the participants and volunteers and introduced ourselves. We, all youth delegates got responsibility for one family. We shared information about activities to our families.

On 23rd of December, we went for walking tour in Røros with the families, visited the church and decorated gingerbread with children. On 24th of December, we went for feeding reindeers and after coming back we helped in distributing gifts from Red Cross to the children. We joined the activities organized by Røros hotel for Christmas eve where we walked around Christmas tree by singing Christmas songs. At 5pm, Santa Claus came and gave gifts to all children. We enjoyed traditional Norwegian Christmas food. We, all six delegates enjoyed Christmas eve by exchanging gifts.

On Christmas day, we went for outdoor activities where we enjoyed snowboarding and skiing. After that we went for watching Christmas movie. On that evening we organized cultural evening where we performed song and dance from our country. We invited families to join us. They also performed singing and dancing from their countries. Other people who were staying in the hotel to celebrate Christmas also joined us. It was a very nice evening with multi-cultural experiences.

On 26th of December, we went for horse sledding and for visiting Røros museum. We organized cultural evening on that day also with a lot of dancing and singing and games for children. We spent a wonderful Christmas holiday in Røros with many indoor and outdoor activities, nice time with families and friends and lots of swimming, jacuzzi & sauna. On 27th of December, we travelled back to Steinkjer with good experiences and memories along with other delegates.

We wish you all a Happy New Year 2018.

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Christmas in Norway

 Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. This is our first time we are going to celebrate Christmas. We feel ourselves lucky as we get opportunity to celebrate this festival with other delegates from Colombia and Madagascar in Røros which is a historical place of Norway.

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We can compare the Christmas traditions of Norway with two big festivals of Nepal (Dashain and Tihar). In Dashain, all family members gather together, buy new clothes and eat good foods; and people here in Norway do the same in Christmas. In Tihar, we clean our houses and decorate the house with flowers and colourful lights; and in Norway people do those things during Christmas, they decorate Christmas tree, windows and sometimes whole house with lights. They also decorate streets with lights and the whole city looks beautiful and bright.

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In Norway, Christmas is celebrated throughout the month of December. People light one candle on each Sunday in their house and it will be four candles on Christmas day. During these four weeks, people are busy in decorating houses, baking cakes and biscuits, buying gifts & Christmas cards for friends and family. People often go to the Christmas parties with friends & family and they call it “julebord” in Norwegian.

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December 23 is called ``Little Christmas Eve``. Many families have their own traditions this evening, such as decorating the Christmas tree, making a gingerbread house, or eating risengrynsgrøt; a hot rice pudding served with sugar, cinnamon and butter. An almond is hidden in the pudding, and if the almond turns up in your portion, you win a marzipan pig!

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Christmas Eve, December 24 is the main event in Norwegian Christmas celebration. The first part of the day is often spent rushing around for the last Christmas presents, or in church for Christmas service. At five the bells ring out for Christmas, and most people have Christmas dinner at home or with relatives. The Christmas presents have been placed under the tree, and are opened after dinner.

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Today its December 24 and we are very excited to celebrate Christmas eve with our friends from Colombia, Madagascar and Norway.

Don't forget to read our next blog where we will share how we celebrated the Christmas in Norway.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas.

God Jul!

Prakriti and Deepak.

 

Tedious journey from Oslo to Steinkjer.

This is all about an incident that happened with us where time kicked us badly; when we were travelling back to our host district with our local contact person (Mona) after completing our midway evaluation programme at national office of Norwegian Red Cross, Oslo. We both have got different flights but there wasn’t too much difference in landing time, so we planned to take a train to Steinkjer at 21:43 from Trondheim airport. Now you might be thinking what happened with us; like Tom and Jerry cartoon our flight time was playing hide and seek with us. Our real flight time was 20:15 from Oslo airport to Trondheim airport but it was delayed by 20 minutes for us and by 40 minutes for Mona; here this delay affected Mona because she was unable to take that train and we made another plan and decided to take a bus from Trondheim airport to Steinkjer.  After five minutes of planning, we got a notice that our flights were delayed once again, and new flight time was 21:00 for Mona and 21:10 for us. We were really disappointed this time as we had to wait for long time and we were feeling very tired.

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Finally, we reached Trondheim airport at 21:55 and we waited for 5 minutes for Mona as we arrived earlier than her. Then we ran down to the bus station and checked the schedule but the last bus going to Steinkjer on Friday was at 20:40. We had no another option than waiting for next train and the next train was coming after about two hours. We went back to the airport and stayed in the waiting area for two hours which was very boring. We took train from Trondheim airport at 23:34 and reached our apartment at 01:15 in the morning. It was very tedious journey from Oslo to Steinkjer.

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 How do you feel when you need to wait almost one hour for flight to take off and again two hours more to catch the train to reach your destination when you are tired?

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Merry Christmas to all.

Deepak & Prakriti

LET'S END IT

 

“End Isolation

End Stigma

                    End HIV Transmission”

World AIDS Day is celebrated on 1st December each year. This year we celebrated World AIDS Day in a different way with the youth volunteers of Vikna Red Cross. We organized a Stand in the High School of Rørvik to aware young people about HIV and AIDS where we distributed red ribbons, condoms, brochures, candies and peperkaker to the students who came to visit our stand. We made a Signature Campaign to unite young people in the fight against HIV and to end Isolation, Stigma and HIV Transmission. We also prepared Quiz questions related to HIV & AIDS and distributed them to the students to test their knowledge about the disease. The students were curious to give answers to the Quiz questions and one of the teacher of High School took the Quiz questions from our stand and then discussed about those questions in his class. We were very happy to see the students becoming curious and asking us questions about our stand and HIV.

After making Stand in High School for 2 hours, we went to the Secondary School of Rørvik along with other youth volunteers where we celebrated World AIDS Day with the students of Grade 8 & 9. We gave a short powerpoint presentation about HIV, its causes, symptoms and preventive measures to the students and some teachers of Secondary School. Trine, leader of Vikna Red Cross Youth Group helped us in translating our presentation into Norwegian so that the students can understand us clearly. After the presentation, we distributed the Quiz questions to all the students to check their knowledge about HIV. Trine teached the young students how to use condoms by doing Condom Demonstration. The students were shy when Trine was teaching them how to use condom but after a while they came in front of the class and practiced by themselves. We also distributed condoms, candies and peperkaker to them after the program. The students and teachers of Secondary School were happy with us that we came to their school for giving some information about HIV & AIDS.

Also, we encouraged the volunteers of Vikna Red Cross Youth Group to do similar activities next year too. We had also made arrangement to do Candle Light on that evening to commemorate people who have died from HIV but due to the Snowy weather we had to cancel that program. Overall, we celebrated World AIDS Day in different way than in our country, but we were successful to create awareness among many young people about HIV and AIDS.

Condom Demonstration by Trine

Here is a video showing how the 12 Youth Delegates celebrated World AIDS Day 2017 in 4 corners of the world with a common campaign #Let’sEndIt.

This is our story about how we celebrated World AIDS Day. If you want to share with us how you celebrated this day, please write it in the comment box below or you can also send us message in our facebook account: Deepak Ungdomsdelegat or Prakriti Ungdomsdelegat.

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Tusen Takk

Prakriti and Deepak.

Nepal Junior/Youth Red Cross = I SERVE

NAMASTE ,

Today, we are here with some informations about our Junior/Youth Red Cross. We hope that you will like this.

Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) was established in 1963 and after two years of its establishment, Nepal Junior/Youth Red Cross was established in 1965 as a youth wing of Nepal Red Cross society. NRCS has, over the years, grown to be the largest humanitarian organisation in Nepal, with 1.2 million members and volunteers and with its network of District Chapters extended in each of the 75 districts of the country. A significant portion of its activities are also borne by students and youth volunteers of Nepal Junior and Youth Red Cross Circles organised at schools,campuses and communities.  

There are more than 5250 Junior/Youth Red Cross circles in Nepal which contains more than 8,00,000 youth members and volunteers who are working to make the organization more strong and visible throughout the country as well as abroad. Junior Red Cross circles contain members from schools, while youth circles have members from campuses and community. There are less numbers of youth circles in community than campuses. Keeping the main motto ¨I SERVE¨ on mind youths are always ready to save life and health; to promote international friendship and understanding; to disseminate Red Cross principles & International Humanitarian Law, and to provide service to the community.

Activities of youths in Nepal is different than Norway.  In Nepal, youths are the first responder on community to fulfil the humanitarian needs whenever it is required due to which all the programs and activity agenda of youth circles are based on community needs. Different trainings and workshops are provided to the youth members and volunteers which help to serve community in needs. Also, youth are mobilized in different awareness programs like WASH, HIV/AIDS and Environment Sanitation.

To save the lives and to fulfil the scarcity of blood, youth circles play an important role in Nepal. Youth circles organize the blood donations camps in their campuses as their regular activity, also they celebrate different important days (Red Cross, First aid, AIDS etc) by organizing the different activities (inter youth circle debate competition, Awareness Rally and simulation, so on) in their youth circles.

 

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Dhanyabad.

Tusen Takk

Deepak & Prakriti

 

First Experience as facilitators

“A trainer brings the participants from unknown to known. A facilitator brings the participants from known to unknown.”

What thought do you have on facilitator? Are they Presenter and Trainer?

Here we have written something about facilitator, presenter and Trainer also we have shared our first experience as  facilitators in our youth delegate journey.

Presenter: - A presenter is the person who hosts, narrates, or otherwise takes the main role in narrating or hosting a program. presenter deliver the pre-arranged speech.

Trainer: - Those persons who trains other persons to learn. Trainer is one form of a presenter however presenter is not always a trainer. Trainer needs to have more knowledge than the other people on the related topic.

Facilitator: - Those persons who helps to bring about an outcome (such as learning, productivity, or communication) by providing indirect assistance, guidance, or supervision know as facilitator.

Unlike the presenter, the facilitator is not a one-sided delivery of a pre-arranged speech.

Unlike a trainer, the facilitator does not necessarily know more than the “other side.”

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  Firstly, we would like to Thanks Sør-Trøndelag Røde Kors and Lotte Katborg Grønning (Organization Advisor Training and Volunteering /OD counselor, training and volunteer development organizational department) for giving an opportunity to facilitate the sexual health course as facilitator also we would like to thank former youth delegate Ola Opdal for supporting and helping us to hold the course.

The date 12th December was great day for us because on this date we have had facilitated the sexual health course as facilitator in Trondheim. That was the first course which we were going to conduct as facilitator after coming here in Norway. When we got the e-mail to facilitate the course we became happy as well as scared; we have facilitated so many courses as a facilitator in our country, we know that we can hold this course but due to the new context and environment some sacredness developed inside us also we have positive vibes too because we have Ola Opdal who was together with us to hold this course.

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 Altogether 12 participants of Sør-Trøndelag Røde Kors from different parts of Sør-Trøndelag district attended that course. One of the interesting things was that, we have had two different age (youth and adults) groups people as a participant on this course, also the participation (youth and adults) were equal but the number of male were less than female from that we can see the gender diversity on participant. Sharing the knowledge of sexual health with each other we have hold this course in both languages (English and Norwegian); not only this also, we have learned some Norwegian words from them. This course also gave us opportunity to meet with past youth delegate Kristine Borgaard Waage for Nepal in 2012/13 and to know about her experience as a youth delegate.

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Tusenfryd Café in Hilmar festival

On 9th of November, Tusenfryd café was organized in collaboration with Hilmar festival in the community center of Steinkjer. Tusenfryd café provided free Turkish, Syrian, Eritean and Thai food to about 350 people who came to the event that evening. There were cultural dance, song and music performances from Norway, Turkey and Iraq. Along with other youth volunteers of Steinkjer, we helped in managing tables and chairs, and serving the food and drink to the people. This time Tusenfryd café was quite bigger than before.

                      After Tusenfryd, we also joined other events of Hilmar festival. We went down to Steinkjer Square and there we found the joy of Christmas and lightning among the people. All the people were holding light on their hands. We also did the same, we took light and joined Steinkjer Red Cross Youth Group as well as Tour Group on walkathon across the city. There were light decorations all over the main street and the city looked very beautiful. During the walkathon, we saw small groups of people standing on the side of street and showing their performance of singing and playing traditional music. The walkathon ended in front of Damsaga culture house. We also meet with Red Cross volunteers from other areas like RØFF and Hjelpekorps who were doing volunteering on that event.

Hilmar Festival is one of Norway's largest folk music festival. The Hilmar Festival is organized in week 45 each year. This year the festival was celebrated from 9- 12 November and about 150 artists were presented through 70 different festival events to 9,000 visitors. The program was adapted to all ages with its own children's program, youth program, in addition to the free age limit at the festival itself.

                      The Hilmar Festival focuses on folk music, but also opens the doors to music that lives on the border of this or flips over to other types of shapes. The festival has been featured by the media as a national event and a national festival.

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Our dream came true; Meråker to Steinkjer

Do you guys know what is Aurora? Of course, you might know it is the name of Red Cross youth delegate who is now working in Madagascar. But we are asking you what is the meaning of Aurora?

Some of you must know its meaning but not all of you. We will tell you what is Aurora and our experience with it.

Aurora, sometimes referred as polar lights, northern lights or southern lights, is a natural light display in the sky, predominantly seen in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions. The origin of the northern lights has various explanations in folklore and mythology. The Sami people in the North Norway believed that the fires in the sky were the souls of the dead and that they had magical effects.

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Photo by Mohamed Abud

 Norway is one of the best place in the world to see northern lights. We feel ourselves lucky as we got opportunity to live and work in Nord-Trøndelag, though it lies in middle part of Norway, we can see northern lights very often from here between late September and late March.

Our first experience with northern light was several weeks before. It was about 8 O’clock in the evening, Mohamed Abud, one of the volunteer of Steinkjer Red Cross posted a photo of Northern light in Steinkjer seen from his home. He suggested us to go out if we would like to see it. We were very happy because we heard about this from the mouth of many people also we were waiting for long time to see it. So, we run down to the street with a hope of seeing northern light for the first time. But unfortunately, it was gone before we reached to the street. We went back with a new hope to see northern light soon.

Northern lights seen from Steinkjer. Photo by: Mohamed Abud

Northern lights seen from Steinkjer. Photo by: Mohamed Abud

Yesterday, when we were travelling back to our apartment after having a meeting in Meråker; we were sleeping as it was a long way back to home and suddenly Mona (our LCP) told us to wake up and see the sky. We were very happy to see the mesmerizing view of Northern lights scattered all over the sky. Then, we stopped the car aside and got out to see it more clearly. We were delighted to see Aurora changing its shapes and intensity and moving around the sky for more than one hour through the window of the car on our way back home. It was one of the happiest moment of our life as our dream of seeing northern light came true.

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Central Youth conference=SUK(sentral ungdomskonferanse)

Central Youth Conference is known as SUK (Sentral UngdomsKonferanse) in Norway which was held from 27th-29th October in Sunvolden Hotel. In this conference, more than 100 Red Cross youths from all parts of Norway came together to discuss and debate about topics and humanitarian activities that they want to work for up coming year.

In this conference we got chance to learn and experience new thing; We saw every youth have equal right to share their concept and information to make better plan for future. One of the most interesting thing for us was that they open each topic in front of youth to get better ideas and views to improve and resolution were passed with votes. we are happy to be part of this conference and view the whole election process and the formation of New National Youth Council. It’s also one of the best example of democracy where everyone has right to share their thought and ideas.

Whole conference was held in Norwegian, but we got the translator which made conference meaningful for all international delegates. We also got chance to disseminate information about our Youth Delegate Exchange Program and our National Red Cross Society to other participants of the conference through speed meeting. While having disseminate information; there was one moment where we feel that we are in front of lion because New president of Norwegian Red cross was in front of us, but everything went well. Also, appreciating the hard work of youth; youth were awarded by Henry 2017 in different categories but best Årest Henry for this year was given to camilla who is the volunteer of Bergen Red Cross. Overall; Central youth conference was one of the best experience for us.

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Tusen Takk

Dhanyabadha

Deepak &Prakriti

FERIE FOR ALLE IN MERÅKER

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Ferie for alle (Holiday for all) is an activity of the Norwegian Red Cross. It is an activity where several families gather and spend their holidays together. It is the holiday time for parents and children to get relief from everyday hustle and bustle, from work, school and homework. This activity Ferie for alle was new for us.

During this autumn holidays, we participated as volunteers in the Ferie for alle in Meråker. In Ferie for alle; there were 54 participants (15 families) who were from different parts of Nord-Trøndelag and Sor-Trøndelag districts and 9 volunteers. It was an amazing experience and lots of fun with children and families from different background. There were many people who do not understand English, so it was difficult for us to communicate with them but Mary, one of the volunteers helped us to translate. Every day we learned new Norwegian words through games.

Our journey started on 9th of October with 63 people in total for Ferie for alle. On the first day, we met with all the participants and volunteers and introduced ourselves, also our leader Øyvind shared information about all the schedule and rules of ferie for alle. We spent that evening with those families; playing different games like Idiot and Ten thousand with them. On the second and third days, we went to Rypetoppen Adventure Park where we played zip line, canoeing, made barbeque and went for hiking to waterfall called Brudesløret. On Wednesday evening, we joined the RK ungdomskafe of Meråker Red Cross. We worked there as volunteers and we also made paintings.

On fourth day, we were divided into 2 different groups; one group went to play hundekjøring (sled dogs) and another group went for horse riding. On that evening, we arranged some games and energizers for children and parents. On fifth day, both groups interchanged the activities. Finally, ferie for alle ended on 13th of October. For five days we had fun and enjoyed like a family. We fed ourselves, relaxed, tried new things, tested limits and gathered good experiences and memories.

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Volunteers of Ferie for alle in Meråker.

 

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Sunday turned into Monday (Søndag ble til mandag)

We all know 8th May is important date in Red Cross likewise 18th September 2017 is one of the important day for us in our life, from which we have started our new journey as youth delegates in our host district chapter (Nord- Trøndelag Red Cross). Here in Norway the week begins on Monday which is quite different than in Nepal because we start all our official work from Sunday in our country. Our Sunday turned into Monday and Sunday is Holiday now here in Norway.

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On the first day of our work, we were well prepared but also there was some nervousness inside us and as we entered inside Nord-Trøndelag Red Cross office, big Red Cross Emblem welcomed us which gave us some energy to face the challenges of being in new context. Our local contact person Mona and we had a small meeting together; talked about some practicalities, needs and expectations. We had introduction and socializing lunch with our new colleagues in first day of our office so, we engaged to prepare our presentation about Nepal, Nepal Red Cross and our Background for some time and at 11:00 we held our presentation in front of all and ate lunch together, also we got some information about Nord-Trøndelag district from them. Our first day in new office was more better than what we thought at morning before going to office.

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When we were on our pre-departure course, we already felt that it would not be easy to learn Norwegian language. Now we have started our Norwegian Language Classes and we found that it is difficult to learn Norwegian because they don’t pronounce a word in the same way they write it. There are some words like J, H, T, D, G which are not pronounced in some words and it’s difficult to find out in which words we should pronounce them and in which we don’t have to. Altogether there are 29 alphabets in Norwegian language, 26 alphabets are same as English and there are 3 extra alphabets Æ, Ø and Å; it’s very difficult to pronounce these words as they sound similar. Also, there are different dialogues spoken in different parts of Norway. The dialogue we are learning here in Steinkjer is different from the dialogue spoken in Oslo. So, it’s quite challenging for us to learn Norwegian. Our language teacher (Arvid) has given us new Norwegian names Lys (Deepak) and Natur (Prakriti).

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Cultural Exchange.....

                     We have been quite busy on learning about the activities of Nord-Trøndelag Red Cross, attending them and meeting volunteers and people in Red Cross as well as outside in this week. We held presentation about Nepal, Nepali culture, our National Society, our voluntary works back in Nepal and about the YDEP for our colleagues in Nord-Trøndelag Red Cross, local leaders and the volunteer of red cross youth.

                      This week we became the part of the café called Tusenfryd. This Café opens for twice a month (Every alternate Thursday), which plays the role of bridge for the people, here people can come and spend their time by making new friends and enjoying new food. This cafe is opened for everyone. This time we shared information about our country and Nepali culture in the café, everyone was listening carefully which made us feel happy and proud.   

                        Out of three objectives of YDEP, cultural exchange in one. Back in our home country, people are celebrating one of our biggest festival called Dashain. Everyone feels somehow bad not being with their family in biggest festive and, we felt same but no matter we are far from our home and family in biggest festival, we celebrated it here with our new colleagues and youth volunteers of Steinkjer red cross which is the most memorable and new experiences for us. We prepared the Nepali food as we used to prepare in Nepal. We showed them a documentary about our festival Dashain, explained them how we used to celebrate it in Nepal, we received Tika and blessings from Henry one of our colleague and we served them with Nepali food.   

                      Dashain is one of the biggest festival of Nepal which is celebrated during the month of Kartik (late September and October).  This festival symbolizes the victory of good over the evils. It is the longest and the most auspicious festival, celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the country. This festival is celebrated for 15 days which is stared during the bright lunar fortnight ending on the day of the full moon. Each 15 days have their own kind of importantance but first (Ghaṭasthapana), seventh(fulpati), eighth (Maha Asthami), ninth (Maha Navami) and tenth (Bijaya Dashami) days are most important in festival. All the government, private offices, educational institutions remain closed during this auspicious festival to celebrate the festival together with the family, friends, and relatives.

HAPPY DASHAIN TO ALL

more miles to go............

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FIRST TWO SATURDAYS- TRAVEL, ADVENTURE, FUN AND LEARNING

Welcome Party in Vikna

Travelling and meeting new people are our hobbies. It was our first visit to Vikna after landing on our host district. We five (our local contact person, two volunteers from Stienkjer youth group and two of us) started our journey with excitement and curiosity to meet the youth group of Vikna, also to know more about that place. When we started our journey to Vikna, the weather in Steinkjer was quite good whenever we moved forward we found that the weather was changing, sometimes it was raining and sometimes it was sunny as it is autumn here in Norway. We didn’t realize how fast the time passed by as we were enjoying the beautiful natural scenario outside the window.

     After 3 hours of driving finally we reached our destination, where we received warm welcome from the youth group of Vikna. They had made good arrangements of the programme with Norwegian food and lots of activities like icebreakers, energizers, games and dances. We spent wonderful time with 17 energetic youths of Vikna and we participated in all the activities, also we danced with them in our Nepali song. We ended our day in Vikna by going for sightseeing with some of the volunteers even though it was raining.

 

Hiking trip to the geographical midpoint of Norway

This weekend we joined the activity of Steinkjer Red Cross Tour Group which was hiking to Norway’s geographical midpoint, located inside Blåfjella-Skjækerfjella National Park in the South-Eastern part of Steinkjer. There were 27 people who joined this trip. We started our journey at 9am and we travelled 40 km from Steinkjer by bus to reach the gateway to Norway’s geographical midpoint. The hike started at the car park near Lake Lustadvatnet. From there we walked on the marked path of railway sleepers to the geographical centre of Norway. The path was very narrow so while walking we had to focus on our steps and if we tried to look at the nature around, we used to put our foot on the wet land. The distance of the midpoint and return was 20 km and it took about 6 hours.

     When we reached the midpoint, we found a monument marking the significance of the spot and there was a note book in which we wrote our names. After that we had a lunch break in the rustic shelter and then we travelled back. This was our first hiking experience in Norway and we enjoyed it a lot. This trip also helped us to socialize with other people and to know more about the Norwegian culture.

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Being in New context

        Two youths from the country of mountains(Nepal) have landed in the country of midnight sun(Norway) with a new hope, more enthusiasm and willingness to do more, do better and reach further. Everywhere in Norway, it is green and beautiful, with the sunlight it looks more beautiful. We are very excited and happy to be in new world because we are going to learn more about the new place(Norway) and more about their culture, languages and food.

       Being in new environment usually for every individual needs some time to adapt in it. It would probably be difficult for both incoming (Colombia, Madagascar and Nepal) and outgoing youth delegates of Norway. We usually eat warm food either it is hot or cold weather almost for every meal. We had totally different experience in Norway, cold food with less or almost no spices. It’s been a month now and we are trying our best to adapt in new culture.

      Even though we are far from our country and our family, we are having a wonderful time in a group of youths from different national societies (Nepal, Colombia, Madagascar and Norway). This has been a great learning experience from each other. We strongly feel that we are now well prepared for our mission, both in the context of new culture and working environment. And we are looking forward to learn more and work closely with the Red Cross youths, using our experience in Red Cross, in our host district (Nord-Trøndelag).

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धन्यवाद!

Thank you

Tusen Takk

Prakriti & Deepak.

 

WELCOME\स्वागतम

Hello and नमस्ते everyone,

We are the two youth delegates for 2017-18 from Nepal to Norway and we will be staying in Steinkjer, Nord-Trøndelag District for 9 months.

Photo by Sverre Ø. Eikill, Red Cross.

Photo by Sverre Ø. Eikill, Red Cross.

I am Prakriti Bista, 23 years old from Lalitpur, Nepal. I have studied Bachelor in Nutrition and Dietetics in Dharan, Nepal. I have been working as a volunteer of Nepal Red Cross for four years, participating in different youth led humanitarian activities with the motto “I SERVE”. My main areas of focus have been dissemination of Red Cross principles & International Humanitarian Law and Service to the community. I have worked as a volunteer during blood donation programs and health camps conducted in different occasions. I have also volunteered during fund collection for earthquake victims and during awareness campaigns.

I am Deepak Pathak, 24 years old, student of B.sc Chemistry at Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal. I am associated with Youth Red Cross Circle of Tri-Chandra Campus as well as Nepal Red Cross Society, Kathmandu District Chapter since 2012. In these 5 years of volunteering service, I have participated as well as organized different programs like blood donation, first aid training, road safety and awareness program, relief distribution and I have an experience of volunteering at the time of the Mega Earthquake 2015 in Nepal. Additionally, I have worked as a WASH volunteer at the time of Emergency and conducting several Health, WASH and Safety related awareness camps at the community level. I am also a certified First Aider as well as instructor of PASSA (Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness), SIYB (Start and Improved Your Business), and Emergency Health.

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Tusen Takk

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Prakriti and Deepak.