“My journey in the humanitarian field started in 2014 when I was an intern at the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK). Even though I supported programs that were aimed at alleviating human suffering I neither had enough skills nor acknowledged that I was involved in humanitarian work. Amongst others, I struggled with donor budgets and budget management and dodged tasks involving proposal development.
Things took a shift when I joined the second cohort of Save the Children Humanitarian Trainee Scheme in February 2016. The scheme was structured in a way that enabled me to gain knowledge and understanding on why and how humanitarian work is done. This was done through blended learning that involved classroom sessions and residential trainings. The field deployment aspect formed a ‘humanitarian laboratory’ for me as I got the exposure and opportunity to apply all the knowledge I had acquired.” says Cynthia Ngesa from Kenya in this case study
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