Monthly Archives: July 2018

July 18, 2018

Nelson Mandela International Day

July 18th, 2018|

Today (18th July 2018) is Nelson Mandela International Day across the world, celebrated each year on his birthday.

Our students celebrate ‘Mandela 67’ (in honour of his 67 years of commitment to social justice) when back on campus for Student Introduction Week in mid August – second years introduce first years to projects to which they contribute across the world.

This is a particularly special year as we celebrate the centenary of Mandela’s birth (1918 – 2018). On a recent trip to South Africa to spend time with family, Kathini and I visited the stunning Mandela sculpture erected at the place (near Howick in Kwa-Zulu Natal) where he was captured. At the temporary exhibition, we were struck by a Mandela quotation we did not know:

‘I have discovered the secret after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb’.

There are many more hills to climb for our recent graduates, our current and incoming students, and the staff and supporters of UWC Red Cross Nordic but, in the spirit of Nelson Mandela (the former Honorary President of UWC), we shall continue to climb the hills ahead of us and give our very best to promoting peace, inclusion, community-building and sustainability both on campus and beyond.

Larry

Richard D A Lamont
Rektor
UWC Red Cross Nordic

Fundraising Initiatives

July 13th, 2018|

In the past year we have had lots of exciting, new initiatives for fundraising for College programmes, from an art exhibition with proceeds of sales going to the RCN scholarship fund to a Garage sale coordinated by leaving staff. Below are two examples of some donations that have recently been received:

  • Two alumni (Kasia from Poland and Ezequiel from Argentina – RCN 2007-2009) very generously decided to ask their wedding guests not to give them gifts but to donate to the College’s Foundation Year programme;
  • Last week, a group of fishermen on the River Flekke met Hilde and two students from RCN’s Survivors of Conflict Programme, Hari (Nepal, 2016-2019) and Yeison (Colombia, 2012-2105 and back for the Lion’s Camp on campus) – and decided to make a group donation to the next generation of Survivor of Conflict students.

Please do contact us if you would like to raise money / make a contribution to supporting students at RCN. Mostak (Bangladesh) on mostak.rahman@uwcrcn.no, our Alumni and Development Officer, would love to hear from you.

Any donation you make is matched by the Davis Impact Fund.

Your support is much appreciated.

Sumaya Said Salma (RCN ’15-’18)

July 6th, 2018|

When Sumaya arrived at UWC Red Cross Nordic in July 2015, she new little of what was awaiting her. She had very basic English, no IT knowledge, and she thought there would only be Norwegians on campus. Finding herself surrounded by different cultures and facing many immediate challenges was not easy in the beginning, but this is what she now is most grateful for: “In my culture and religion, peace and help are very important values, but I knew nothing about other realities, other issues around the world. Living with other people of my own age who were going through similar experiences in different countries, really opened my eyes and made me realize we are all part of the same picture.”

As part of the Red Cross spirit, Sumaya soon started to get involved in all kinds of humanitarian activities – working with refugees at the Førde Centre for Asylum Seekers, being part of the College’s Amnesty International group or fundraising for the student-led charity, SAFUGE. In all of this she came to appreciate the value of being involved: “Helping is a way of happiness that people often fail to understand”

As a recent graduate, all this learning has not waited to materialize. Just two weeks after Sumaya arrived to her host house in Spain this summer, the Aquarius ship with over 600 refugees docked at the port of Valencia, and she herself volunteered with the Red Cross Emergency Committee helping to translate for the more than 300 Arabic-speakers. “It was wonderful to get to see these people smile again after such a long journey. No one knows what they have been through.”

Sumaya will start her studies with a full scholarship at Methodist University this autumn. Looking back at her experience at RCN, the most valuable learning she finds is all the cultural sharing and learning that is going on. A learning she will carry for life.

Til Topps with the Red Cross

July 3rd, 2018|

Again this year we were invited to join in with the Sogn og Fjordane Red Cross team that headed for the highest peak in Norway – Galdhøpiggen. This is a Red Cross event for everyone interested in integration. And what better way to do it than walking up Galdhøpiggen together in the sun? Our team consisted of students, staff, recent alumni and friends of the College. A big thanks to everyone in the Norwegian Red Cross who made this into such an inspirational event.

Here are some more pictures from the event.