ONE Youth Ambassadors in The Netherlands take their campaign to the Hague

ONE Youth Ambassadors in The Netherlands take their campaign to the Hague

Dutch Youth Ambassadors looking out over The Hague.

Dutch Youth Ambassadors looking out over The Hague.

Our guest blogger today is Imane Nadif, a Youth Ambassador in The Netherlands. She is one of 150 young campaigners across Europe who will be lobbying Member of European Parliament (MEP) candidates in the upcoming EU Elections, to sign our ONE VOTE 2014 pledge to tackle extreme poverty.

Imane Nadif

First I have to explain something about myself. I am Imane, a typical “Amsterdammer”. That means I get lost as soon as I leave my hometown. This often leads to interesting experiences when travelling, but it’s not so great when you are super excited to start your first day at ONE as a Youth Ambassador.

Of course I had to call someone to help me find the House of Europe, our main venue for the day. I couldn’t be more grateful to Michael Healey (who isn’t from the Hague, he isn’t even Dutch… pretty embarrassing huh?) for coming to get me.

The day started with Eloise Todd from ONE telling us more about ONE. When I applied to be a Youth Ambassador, I had already done some research. But the presentation was impressive. Learning so much about the facts behind the cause really shows you why campaigning for change is essential. It made me even more excited.

Fellow Youth Ambassador Eefje van Esch and I practising our lobby skills.

Fellow Youth Ambassador Eefje van Esch and I practising our lobby skills.

After that, we went to the Second Chamber, where we not only got a tour, but also a chance to talk to Members of Parliament and ask them about investing in developing countries. This gave me a better understanding of how to approach other people when talking about ONE and how the Members of Parliament of different parties feel about the subject.

Youth Ambassadors with Members of Parliament Jasper van Dijk, Sjoerd Sjoerdsma, Roelof van Laar and Ingrid de Caluwé.

Youth Ambassadors with Members of Parliament Jasper van Dijk, Sjoerd Sjoerdsma, Roelof van Laar and Ingrid de Caluwé.

Leander Leenders from ONE did a great job organising everything, and dinner with everyone was a big success. We met so many inspiring people who sympathise with the cause. Not only did we get to meet them, they also gave us advice and signed our pledge.

Not bad for a first day. Now for all the campaigning work to begin!

Youth Ambassadors with supporters: Dutch Youth Representative Jilt van Schayik, candidate for the European elections Kati Piri, Member of Parliament Bram van Ojik and candidate for the European elections Paul Sneijder.

Youth Ambassadors with supporters: Dutch Youth Representative Jilt van Schayik, candidate for the European elections Kati Piri, Member of Parliament Bram van Ojik and candidate for the European elections Paul Sneijder.

You can help us to put the fight to end extreme poverty on the agenda during this year’s European elections. Sign the petition to European candidates.

Find out how Youth Ambassadors across Europe are getting involved in the campaign.

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