This Is Us

This Is Us

                                                         Yussuf, Embla, Walter and Solveig

Hi and thanks for visiting our blog. We have just started round 2 of the right to participate exchange program, and before we start properly blogging about what exactly it is that we do down here, we thought we should introduce ourselves.

Yussuf: Hey, My name is Yussuf Santur. I am 23 years old and I’m from Garissa in the north-eastern part of Kenya. I have been working with Youth Alive! Kenya’s working group in Garissa, and I am now very excited to be a part of this exchange. I am really looking forward to learning more about different cultures, both here in Kenya and in Norway.

Embla: Hi, my name is Embla Regine Mathisen, I am from Tønsberg and I am 20 years old. I have been an active member of Changemaker for nearly five years, an organization which aims to  erase the fundamental causes of global injustice.  I am very excited about this opportunity to work with the issues the program focuses on, as well as learning how to make ugali!

Walter: Shalom brothers and sisters. My name is Walter Odondi and I am one of the Kenyan participants. I am a secretariat member in Inspiration Kenya, a youth group under YAKs Nairobi working group. My aspirations for the exchange is to learn about the effects of extremism and social exclusion in both Kenya and Norway. And I am exited to board one of Norway’s express trains.

Solveig: !Hola! My name is Solveig-Marie Håland and I’m from Sandnes, I’m 21 years old and one of the norwegian participants. I come from the Norwegian People’s Aid Solidarity Youth, an humanitarian organization working with solidarity where the organizations value basis is laid down in the vision «Solidarity in action». I’m very excited to work with the project and also really interested in youth involvement and radicalization, especially why young people are being radicalized and methods we can use to prevent this. I’m also really looking forward to making chapatti, woop woop! Peace

The four of us will now spend two months here in Nairobi working with how youth inclusion can have a positive effect on radicalization and violent extremism. After that we will travel to Oslo where we will work on the same issues for another two months. We are all very exited of what this time may bring.  If you are interested in knowing more about what we do during our exchange we have an Instagram account where you can follow us (@righttoparticipate) and you can read this blog which we will be updating regularly. Stay tuned!

– Yussuf, Embla, Walter and Solveig



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