The Dutch Guys

Chris and Raman from The Netherlands Red Cross

Editor’s note: I haven’t forgotten our two Dutch team members, but life was getting in the way of writing the profile for this blog. Whilst Raman can’t be with us this weekend in Zagreb, I figured that this was an excellent opportunity to finally ad a profile of them both on this blog.

Raman (left) and Chris (in the mountains around Peja. (Picture: R. Matosic)

Raman (left) and Chris (in the mountains around Peja. (Picture: R. Matosic)

Chris van Duuren, 41 years old and from Leiderdorp, works for the government of the Netherlands in the area of disaster management. Besides this background, he has been a Red Cross volunteer for 22 years. While he has done a lot in this time, most recently he has volunteered as a trainer for International Humanitarian Law (IHL). In the VinCaB team he was not only responsible for the evaluation of the Standard Operating Procedures of the RCK, but also Taru’s deputy as a team leader. His primary motivation to go abroad with the VinCaB project was to help the people of Kosovo, but also to gain new experiences and offer added value to the overall goal the project had. Apart from that, he thought it was a great project in general.

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The Northerner

Edgars of the Latvian Red Cross

Edgars Simanis of the Latvian Red Cross. (Picture: T. Heger)

Edgars Simanis of the Latvian Red Cross. (Picture: T. Heger)

Edgars Simanis is a 29-year old Latvian and lives near Riga. He has been a volunteer with the Latvian Red Cross since 2007 and works as a paramedic in the Riga ambulance service. Fittingly, in the project he assists in the first aid and transportation workshops and is furthermore always happy to assist with all the tasks at hand. Edgars also makes an excellent casualty actor in the workshops.

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The Professionals

Luka and Robert (from left to right) of the Croatian DUZS. (Picture: T. Heger)

Luka and Robert (from left to right) of the Croatian DUZS. (Picture: T. Heger)

Robert and Luka of the Croatian DUZS

There are of course more members to the VinCaB Kosovo team. Amongst them are Robert Vatta, 45, and Luka Bukvic, 31, from the DUZS – the Croatian National Protection and Rescue Directorate.

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Made in Germany – for Kosovo

From left to right: Raimund Matosic, Timo-Christian Heger, Carsten Lange, and Christof Hoffmann. (Picture D. Martens)

From left to right: Raimund Matosic, Timo-Christian Heger, Carsten Lange, and Christof Hoffmann. (Picture D. Martens)

The four VinCaB volunteers from the German Red Cross reflect the diversity of the organization

In the second installation of our series depicting the members of the VinCaB Kosovo team, we focus on its four members from the German Red Cross (DRK). They are Carsten Lange, 45, Christof Hoffmann, 42, Raimund Matosic, 41, and Timo-Christian Heger, 32 years.

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Leading the Pack

Taru Wallenius, Leader of the VinCaB in Kosovo Team. (Picture: T. Heger)

Taru Wallenius, Leader of the VinCaB in Kosovo Team. (Picture: T. Heger)

Taru Wallenius, Team Leader

This is the first part of an ongoing series giving interested readers an overview of who participates in this project. Today we’ll start with Taru Wallenius, 27, of the Finnish Red Cross.

In her professional life, Taru works as an officer for organizational development for the Finnish Red Cross in the Helsinki & Uusimaa district. In her work she focuses on youth, sexual health, drug abuse, and International Humanitarian Law. As a member of the VinCaB Kosovo team, she works as the team leader of, in her own words, “14 great volunteers”.

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