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Cycle 4 – First Blog!

Hello everyone,
I am sure you are wanting to know what we have been up to and what HDC Cycle 4 have in store for the next 8 weeks. Both the UKV (UK volunteer) and ICV (In Country Volunteer) have had long journeys to get to Walmer Township. The UKVs had a total of a 13 hour flight and the ICVs had varied journey ranging from an hour to an 18 hour coach ride. However no matter how long the journey was we were made to feel right at home as soon as we landed. We were greeted by our South African team who were singing and dancing to traditional music such as Shosholloza and Masin’bonanga U’mandela. Their voices perfectly in key put us UKVs to shame.

We then travelled together to Pine Lodge in Port Elizabeth. As we arrived we were paired up with an ICV and shown to our rooms. We had a shower and refreshed before heading to the meeting room for training to commence. The next three days were packed with different types of training ranging from local do’s and dont’s, team building, our hopes and fears and culture differences. The first night was the official welcoming. Both the UKVs and ICVs did something traditional. As we couldn’t think of anything to perform and have already seen a small insight to how talented the ICVs are we knew that this was going to be embarrassing. We decided to do a mash up of the National Anthem, Reach up for the Stars, the Hokey Cokey and the Conga which we can only assume looked as terrible as it sounds. We were then again blown out the water by the creativity of the ICVs. Those guys can really smash a performance. They made us all feel so welcome and there was even a few tears in the audience – ‘We are one, We are family’.

Friday came around a lot sooner than expected and this was the day we finished training, found out our counterparts and then finally meet our host families. We had to say some emotional good byes to the other team heading to Josa Township in Graham’s Town. We then made our way to the Township and this experience became very real very quickly. One by one after a short taxi ride we were dropped off at our houses ready for a weekend of bonding with our new families. We had the weekend to rest up and get ready for the week ahead.

Monday morning came and marked a long week of training and a township tour all of which were vital to our stay here in the township. The week also saw us split into groups that will hopefully make a positive impact on the township. Our mission is to promote awareness of drugs and substance abuse but also to give these children a way out of the problems that substance abuse brings with it, hence our sports and culture programs. The week drew to a close and we took a well deserved weekend off at the beach.

A new week dawns at the first of our groups (sports) are on their way to HDC to give a lesson and assist. The mood is positive as we push to equal and better the last cycles hard work.

Trip to Vwasa Ntional Park

So, after much persistence we managed to bag ourselves a trip to Vwasa National Park!!!

It only took us 4 mini-bues, 3 hours, and one incident with a ditch but we made it… AND WE SAW HIPPOS!!!

We did have to sweat (and I mean sweat) in our mini-buses with the windows completely shut for fear of catching African Sleeping Sickness from Tsetse flies. Every time a small, innocuous looking fly would enter our very hot, relatively safe haven (bar the crazy driver), pandemonium would descend upon us until the situation was contained. Our driver was also incredibly environmentally conscious, refusing to turn on the air-conditioning under any circumstances.
But it was worth it to get away and see buffalo, baboons and Impalas (or maybe something similar, lost in translation…)

We did also get stuck in a rocky crevice, thanks to our driver’s ambitious attitude towards seeing the previous mini-bus do the exact same thing… However, after a mini-evacuation and some valiant displays of strength by our guys we managed to free ourselves form the rubble and enjoy the stunning view…

Meeting up with the Sangilo lot was fabbbb!!! They may not have been as impressively tanned as we had envisaged, but we were certainly very envious of them chilling on the beach every day!!

Sat about 50 metres away from the hippos next to the lake we swapped stories as the Sangilo guys snaffled biscuits and crisps for the fist time in a long time, and we happily overindulged as we have been doing this whole time, yay!

Cycle 6 – Week 5 by Nadia Lamaani & Lawrencia Amoah

May 30, 2015

Early Saturday morning around 7am, the team went for our core programme at the Football for Hope Centre. We split ourselves into 3 separate groups of Health, Social and Soccer and facilitated the young people on different topics such as “Tuberculosis, Team Work and Shooting”.

The Health Group facilitated a session on “Tuberculosis (TB)”, a common disease that is highly infectious but easily curable. Here the team explained the causes, symptoms and treatments for this disease through a course of activities that actively illustrated the spreading of the disease and immunity using the football to represent the disease and the young people to represent white blood cells and immunity.

The Social Group performed a session on “Team Work”, a vital skill that can be applied in almost every aspect of life. The whole purpose of the session was to promote unity, togetherness and team effort in order to achieve goals. “In life, you can’t do everything by yourself, sometimes you need other people to help you” was a motto that was taught to the young people. Considering we were using football as a medium to illustrate this, we also taught them that team work is essential for football and sportsmanship.

The Soccer Group worked closely around the theme of “shooting”. Here they taught the young people how to position themselves correctly in order to aim, kick and shoot the ball with great technique and accuracy. This was achieved through a course of drills, group participation and various activities to practice these skills.

The core programme finished around 10am and then we had the rest of afternoon to do whatever we wanted! Although we are currently in the rainy season, we were lucky to have a sunny hot day that was rain free! So the team spent most of the time at the beach, shopping in the local markets or going home to do hand-washing!

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Later in the night, we ALL went to GOIL which is a place with open grills, bars and live band entertainment where we held a surprise pre-birthday celebration for Mina’s 19th Birthday! Being the birthday girl, she got completely drenched with NON-ALCOHOLIC champagne (dry programme), mango juice and water which later on turned into a mini water fight with some of the other locals!

 

May 31st, 2015

Early Sunday morning some of us went to church with our host families and had a chilled day in. In the evening, we were invited by the locals to watch a Cultural Dance and Drumming event. This dance promoted the theme of unity and working together. The overall performance varied in dancing, monologues, drumming and acting that lasted for roughly 2 hours. It was very traditional, fun, colourful, and entertaining. Some of the volunteers even got the chance to participate in some of the dancing and enjoyed a huge buffet afterwards full of Ghana’s most tasty foods!

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June 1st, 2015

At the start of this week we had realised that we had run out of water sachets to use to for football net. So we all teamed together and went out into the community to pick up all the empty sachets that were lying on the floors whilst being especially selective to avoid the ones in the gutters! From there we continued to build the goal post nets and afterwards proceeded with our usual routine of running the homework clubs at the centre.

 

 

June 2nd, 2015

On the Tuesday which always our learning day, Mina and James had the chance to present to us their learning day on the topic of “Peace and Conflict”. Originally George Gunn and Anita had also presented a learning day on peace and conflict and focused on the past aspects of how conflict has caused havoc between different countries, regions and civilisations. In contrast to this, Mina and James decided to focus on the present and future by discussing ways in which we can avoid conflicting situations and ways in which we can employ peaceful and non-aggressive solutions. Overall the discussion which later on turned into an intense debate was very insightful, useful and interesting to talk about!

Afterwards we all had a meeting in regards to our Mid Project Review (MPR). In this meeting we put ideas together on how to construct our presentation and all agreed to put together a video montage of all our great moments in the past 5 weeks.

In the later afternoon the Peer education and Training group continued with their classes and everyone else continued with the planning of our Job Fair event which will take place on Saturday 13th June.

 

June 3rd, 2015

On the Wednesday we went to Kwegyir Aggery basic school for our core programme extension. We also began with our 2nd goal post net since we were done with the 1st one and begun to construct the MPR Video! We also sent letters to business with job vacancies confirming the time and date that the event was going to be held.

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June 4th, 2015

It was a culture day presentation for Reuben & TJ, also Anita & Josephine. TJ focused on his hometown Sunderland that is located on the north-east side of England. During his presentation he focused on 3 different historical and present day aspects such as Football, World War II and Sunderland’s annual air show. Reuben focused his presentation on his original hometown which is “Akropong” that is located in the Eastern Region of Ghana and talked closely on the events and festivals that take place.

Afterwards, Anita and Josephine presented their cultural day by focusing on Occupations, Festivals, Weddings, Naming Ceremony, Food, Music, Traditions. However Anita focused her points in the traditions of Ghana, Ashanti Region and Josephine focused her points on Freetown in Sierra Leone.

It had been a day FULL of wet rainy weather but we still carried on with the Sachet net and Homework sessions back at the Football for Hope Centre.

 

June 5th, 2015

On the last day of our working week, we began the day on an earlier start of 9.30am by going to Aboom A.M.E Zion schools for our core programme extension where we worked with over 150 children. It was an amazing experience and extremely fun and rewarding to work with the young children knowing that we had taught them something new and made them feel happy and excited to work with us. Afterwards, we went back to the office and continued to build the sachet net. Fridays is always a good day because it’s a FREE PLAY day, and so we spent our time interacting with the children and playing football.

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Week 4 by Jordan and Lydia

Monday turned out to be the Ghanaian spring bank holiday, similar to that of the UK’s so the volunteers had the day off to relax and do as they pleased.

Tuesday started with us all attending out school sessions. The topic of conversation for the students was malaria, AIDS and hep B. After that we returned to the famous mango tree to discuss what we talked about in class and how we were received. Following that we took the time to make the health awareness banners (used by previous cycle) look presentable and informative, leading up to Saturday’s health awareness event. Then lunch, woop! After lunch, those who teach in Abro MA primary took the posters we made down to the classes to stick them up. We hope the children take the time to read them, as well as learn them then we planned our WWW class ready for tomorrow.

Wednesday: Today was the de-worming day in the schools. Finally, we set up initially at the Abro Islamic school after our WWW and proceeded with the de-worming the children. Will it was hectic due to the lot of population of children, it was a rewarding experience. Worms were killed, fingers were hit and hoorahs shouted. Never was MA primary and Junior High school. Overall, the day was rewarding and the group moral was high. We fell like we finally made something tangible. This all stemmed from our work awareness and in schools.

Thursday: All volunteers reported at the office at the usual time (9:00). Since the team leaders were having a class section at Abro Islamic school we had to wait for them to come. But before that, we had a youth net representative from the university who will be spending the rest of the weeks with us. She introduced herself as Isha who will be willing to answer any questions we have about the Youth Net and so forth. The team leaders arrived later in the morning and we had a lesson on BMI which was about the formula or how to measure the BMI of someone.

BMI= weight in kg/ Heights in metres^2

Next was HIV, where we got to know the types of HIV i.e. type 1 and type 2. Also the four was of transmission. Last but not the least was the HIV testing, which is in two ways:

  1. Anti bodies
  2. virology

Friday: As usual we all got to the office at the normal time. The first section was about planning the community engagement talk which after we moved on to the coming week. There after we moved on to the KWIK day for the AZONTO dance came about. It origin and how it became famous. She also taught how to perform the dance with the use the feet, hand and hips and also various you can do when doing the dance such as washing boxing, driving and making lip. After her KWIK, Jordan also had his KWIK on topic “international system”. Next was volunteer for the week where Willis won due to his marvelous work during the cape coasters visit.

Lastly, we crowned the day with a surprise birthday party which was held at the office to celebrate Abigail’s 22nd Birthday.

Week 3 blog by Evans & Shane

The Monday of week three began in the sweltering morning sun when the volunteers conducted their community engagement. The topic for this week was worm infestation and de-worming. We did this in order to tell the community about the deworming that was happening the following week. The groups found contrasts in the knowledge of individuals and groups. The planned lessons for that week were around worms and were used to rectify their lack of knowledge.

The ACD this week was held by Lydia and Leila and was based around Diversity, the group enjoyed the chance to discuss our own personalities and why being diverse can be good in teams. After this we had a lesson from a local teacher Sir Paul, he taught about the importance of lesson planning, which went over the planned hour…by about an hour. It was very interesting and helped us to plan our lessons the following day.

Every week we do class sessions in the schools around Abro, this week we based our sessions around worms, the causes, signs, types and preventions. The classes seem pretty receptive to us but their English is pretty limited so it is helpful that our class teams have our Fanti speakers. The lessons went really well and the after discussions were held by Dan and Willis. Every Tuesday two volunteers take over the team leader role and take charge of the day. We planned our Wednesday Worship Workshop for the next day and presented our plans to the group.

In the afternoon the groups planned their surveys for community engagement and got them printed, afterwards in preparation for the cape coast visit we hit the football pitch and had a match against the local kids, who are fitter, faster and slightly better than us, only slightly…

On Wednesday we were up early for our Wednesday Worship Workshops. These are small 15 minute recaps of the day before. After this we went to visit the elders again where they came back with answers for the questions we previously asked. They took us on a walk around the village and were shown the two main dumpsites. We went for lunch after and watched the KWIK days of Shane and Evans and learned a lot about the UK governance system!

During that week we had our first bit of decent rain since the UK! The UKv’s loved it, they ran around and cheered and got soaked to the bone. The social this week was at Rowan’s. It was Thomas’ birthday on that day and Rowan’s was on the next day which was also her 21st birthday on the 21st!

We did a big community engagement survey this week and spent hours walking around the community and engaging with the community on set topics. Afterwards we returned to the office where we had the MCD by Ahmed and Rahman. They both talked about what weddings were like in their culture.

On the Friday we took part in communal labour, it pretty much involved sweeping it into smaller piles, trying to dodge the human faeces when the dark smoke of the fires was blowing into your face. We decided as a group that we should talk to the community to sort out a different way of doing community cleanouts which actually involve cleaning the community at large.

On Saturday we had the much anticipated visit from the Cape Coast project. We all helped to sort out the food for their arrival and got ready for the game of football. The girl’s team played brilliantly and only lost 1-0. The guys also tried their best and lost 4-1. We spent the evening catching up with our other volunteers who we hadn’t seen for a few weeks and gave them a tour of Abro.

See ya next week!

Greetings from Sangilo!

We arrived in Sangilo nearly 5 weeks ago and were greeted by our host families singing their traditional welcome songs. We met our families and we went on our treks up the hill to our new homes for 10 weeks. The families helped us carry our luggage, mostly on their head – such an awesome skill!  Living conditions are basic and many homes don’t have electricity, however the simplicity of this way of living is refreshing. Our host families have big hearts and are very welcoming!
The following day, the hottest day we had experienced so far we went on a 10 mile hike of rugged hills, beach and the never ending M1 road – exhausting to say the least!
On Monday, the working week commenced and we were divided into many teams. Our main project surrounding the nurseries and secondary projects which include the Girls Group, Infrastructure, Action Research and Sangilo’s first Deaf Club. We were also divided into different committees, presentations and given our main responsibilities to work on while in the nurseries.

The team on the hike!

Our main project involves working across four nurseries; Tilipo, Phulano, Tiyezge and Luvilimbo. As we are the last cycle we have been concentrating on evaluation projects. This is so we can observe all the work done across the previous five cycles and measure the impact of the volunteers input.
The monitoring and evaluating committee has been set up to collate information which can be passed on to ‘D2D (Determined 2 Develop)’, to help the improve primary education in the long term. To help the committee in doing this everyone observes a different aspect of nursery education.The four nurseries differ in terms of resources, ability and teaching methods. Therefore, we have been split in to four subgroups, in order to monitor each nursery two weeks at a time.
Group 1 has been observing attendance and pass rate; Group 2 – socialisation; Group 3 – testing methods; Group 4 – curriculum, timetable and resources; Group 5 – attentiveness and behaviour.
To date we have made good progress. For example the testing team were able to devise a test and put the kids through the examination process at their respective nurseries. The test was written on 2 sheets of flip chart paper and each child was called out individually to do the verbal test. The team decided this was the best way to execute the test due to limited resources. It was interesting to see the difference in results across the different nurseries.They are now working on improvising the test by liaising with primary school teachers and discussing external factors which may have impacted the results.
Below are pictures of some of the volunteers at the nurseries. The kids are very enthusiastic and always excited to see us!  Everyone wants to hold our hands and if your hands are full you become a climbing frame. It’s really endearing, as well as a bit of a workout, but lots of fun nonetheless. Oh and bubbles. The kids love the bubbles!

Tilipo Nursery – Juniors class, they were struggling to differentiate between M and N

Phulano Nursery – Marcus as a climbing frame

Luvilimbo Nursery – Beginners class, this class has to learn outside the church as there is currently no classroom for beginners

Tilipo Nursery – porridge time

We are also working on secondary projects – these are community based and aim to help and empower the local people to take ownership of issues affecting them.
The Action Research team are working towards a teachers notebook. This note book will contain over 400 lesson plans for beginners and juniors (nursery and reception aged children), alongside a standardised timetable. The lesson plans are being planned with a lack of resources in mind, which can be quite tricky at times. The team has decided to collaborate with the nursery teachers as their experience and local knowledge is invaluable.
The aim is that the teachers can use this notebook to standardise education across the nurseries; be a useful tool kit for teachers and also something that could be utilised when setting up new nurseries and training new teachers in the area.

The action research team.

Another exciting secondary project that’s being worked on is the Girls Club. Five female volunteers run two Girls Club sessions a week at Tilipo nursery. Their aim is to educate and empower girls in the area to stay in education and tackle some of the issues they will encounter in life e.g how to deal with peer pressure and how to say no to experiences they’re not ready for. To make sure that the girls learn valuable information in Girls Club, the volunteers fill the sessions with fun games and interactive activities, from singing and dancing to acting and writing poetry. In the next few weeks, they will be working with the girls towards making clothes for a Fashion Show, which they’re very excited about since there will be a lot of glitter involved! All in all, attendance has been excellent and the volunteers aim to assure that Girls Club continues for a long time after our placement is finished.

Girls group in action

We also have the Infrastructure and Equipment team. To date they have completed an audit of all the resources at each of the four nurseries, they can now liaise with the Action Research team to ensure all of the nurseries will have sufficient equipment for their lesson plans. In addition to this, they have worked with teachers at Phulano nursery and created appropriate designs for the beginners and juniors classrooms in the newly built nursery building.
In the last week they have been getting stuck in with sanding down and lime-washing the walls. It’s been an extremely fun task despite some questionable health and safety measures, but it’s great to see the physical changes and improvements being made to the new nursery.

Infrastructure team hard at work.

The last secondary project we are currently working on is Deaf Club. This is a new project started by this cycle. This is a social gathering of deaf people around Sangilo between the ages of 6-25, twice a week. We teach them sign language since most of them haven’t been to school and other activities like arts and crafts with some fun games.
Attendance was low to begin with and the deaf people were having a hard time to learn sign language as they haven’t been to school. We also encouraged them to come with their family members so that they can also learn how to sign for easy communication. In respect of low attendance, we decided to reach out to the community to advertise and promote our work and it seems our numbers are increasing!
For the future we would like this club to keep running even after the last cycle comes to an end. We hope to set up a structure that will be sustainable upon our departure. We want to empower the community so that they can be self reliant.

The team having fun with arts and crafts projects before starting sign lessons.

ICS Mzuzu Welcome Blog!!

 

Greetings (finally) on potentially the hottest day so far, Friday the 5th of June 2015, from the last cycle of Lattitude volunteers based in Mzuzu, in the very beautiful northern region of Malawi!!

icsWe’ve been here for just over a month now and we really feel like we’re getting to know the place! At least for the UK Volunteers, it has been a bit of a steep learning curve and quite different to how many of us had imagined it would be!

As a team, we have divided up into our 3 organisations: – Apause, Mzuzu Young Voices, and Saved By the Ball. Within these charities, we are following on from where the previous cycles left off, and working to raise awareness of HIV and Aids, good hygiene practices and Climate change. This means going into schools and teaching (a lot!!), which is tough due to the language barrier but very rewarding when you feel like you are making even a small difference.

Tomorrow, all three of our organisations are teaming up to host a sports day/awareness event. Trying to plan the event has proved very difficult with limited resources and a small budget, but hopefully it will serve as the platform for a bigger event, raise our profile within the community, and ultimately raise awareness of what our organisations do!

So far, there have been lots of ups and downs involved in getting to grips with a completely new society and way of doing things. Progress here can be painfully slow at times which can be very frustrating, but I think that we’d all agree (as cheesy as it sounds) that team work and a positive mental attitude are key!! You really do have to learn to go with the flow here and look for the positives – otherwise you will not survive!!

It has also just been confirmed that this Sunday, we will be heading on a trip to a nature reserve, where we will be reunited with our fellow volunteers based in Sangilo, and hopefully see some of the big five such as elephants and lions IN REAL LIFE, yay!! Despite the fact that we all have to get up at 4 in the morning, everybody is super excited and cannot wait!!! So, with a spot of luck, some awesome pics will follow in the next blog post!!!

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Cycle 6 – Week 4 by George Sarpong & Lewis Clarke

Saturday 23rd May

We began the day by travelling to Abrobiano, where we spent the night and had a gathering with our brothers and sisters from the Abro team. Whilst we were at Abro we competed in a football game against them, the first game was the Cape Coast girls against the Abro girls and after a tough game we were successful in winning 1-0. The Cape Coast men’s team succeeded in beating the Abro men 4-1 to carry on the 6 cycle winning streak, and the guys are still unbeaten as a team in Cycle 6. Later that evening we all participated in a barbecue party to finish off our day at Abro.

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Sunday 24th May

After a tough night stay at Abro due to the weather conditions being so different and challenging compared to our norm at Cape Coast, we started the day with a trip to the beach to relax before leaving. Later in the afternoon we started our journey back to Cape Coast, on our travels we passed through the Elmina Castle for a tour which was a good experience in learning how the castle was involved with the slave trade. As we got back to Cape Coast that evening, the volunteers went home to their respected host homes and settled down for the night.

Monday 25th May

Monday was the African Union Day holiday, so we didn’t have work and the day was spent with our host families.

Tuesday 26th May

We all gathered at the office at 10am to start our working week and the day started off with a few Learning Day presentations. Lewis and Freda presented first about ‘Diversity and Working Together’; George and Anita followed the presentation by introducing the topic of ‘Conflict and Peace’ to the group. Both presentations were full of factual knowledge and the group of volunteers learnt a lot from the presentations. After Lunch the group proceeded with their normal tasks of being involved with Peer Education within the local community or continuing with the Sachet Nets before heading to the Play Soccer Centre for homework session.

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Wednesday 27th May

As we got to the office, we split into small groups and started with a task of going around to churches to try and get people involved in our peer education programme which helps unemployed people find jobs through free educational classes; the other half of the group attended schools to introduce our core programme to them to try getting them on board. The purpose of going to the schools was to educate them on Physical Education classes and teach the children about Social and Health with the use of soccer as a learning tool. After lunch we then continued in working and developing the sachet nets, before heading to the Centre for homework club.

Thursday 28th May

We reported to the office in the morning and started the day by listening to Catalina and Belinda talking about their cultures. We learnt about where they were from, Romania and the Volta Region respectively, and what kind of traditions they had in their cultures. After lunch we then continued in working and developing the sachet nets we were making before heading to the Centre for homework club.

Friday 29th May

The first task of the day was to complete our weekly reports on how the week went and what challenged us throughout the week, regarding activities we were doing and what we learnt throughout the week. A few of the volunteers went to local schools they previously visited to drop letters off for approval; we later went to the Centre to supervise the free play that was happening. 

Cycle 6 – Week 3 by Lauren Dunn & Wilhelmina Ayinsah

On the morning of Saturday 16th March we were all involved in Core Programme, where the three groups (Social, Health and Soccer) all had specific activities where they involved the children in learning whilst playing soccer. The activities included HIV Awareness and Prevention of Anger within soccer.

On Sunday, the majority of the team attended churches in the morning, with some watching the football in ‘The Spot’ in the afternoon/evening.

On Monday, we all came together at the office at 10am, where we planned, marketed and researched our first event, which was decided to be a Job Fair on 13th June. Other activities of the day were based on Livelihood Project preparation for the first lessons to be held on Tuesday 19th May, which were ICT and Reading/Writing. Throughout the day, we all worked on the sachet nets which are progressing very well. Homework Club was happening in the evening between 4-5pm, where the children were helped with their homework and were educated on different subjects.

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The next day, we continued with the event planning, budgeting and research into additional businesses and vacancies that can be involved within the event. Tuesday was another day where we worked on sachet nets as a group to progress even further. Week 3 also saw Sabiha and Evans have their very interesting Learning Day, which was based on Poverty. Our Livelihood Project was up and running between 1pm-3pm, straight after Lunch. It was an hour based on ICT, as well as an hour on Reading and Writing. It was a challenge due to the different skill and ability levels of those students that attended the Project.

During the morning on Wednesday, we decided as a team to contact radio stations for air time to raise awareness of the upcoming event, we also decided to create invitations for businesses to invite them to the Job Fair. Homework Club was attended by all the team after lunch where the children learned and enjoyed the afternoon whilst interacting with their friends and teachers.

On the morning of Thursday 21 May, Mark and Joe had their Culture days. Joe gave a very interesting presentation on the history of video gaming and how it has shaped who he is today, and Mark based his Culture Day on the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The group were all engaged and asked many questions. Straight after question and answer time for the two lads, Nadia and Lawrencia also had their Culture Day; Nadia’s Culture Day was based on South London and Lawrencia’s culture was again based on the Ashanti Region of Ghana, where she paid close attention to the naming ceremony. Both presentations were presented in different manners and various cultures that they see and find within their area, making it interesting and fascinating.

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The next day, before and after lunch, we were split into different teams and headed into three different directions within Cape Coast to try and recruit more businesses and vacancies for the event on 13th June. The outing and team bonding proved to be very successful and we recruited many businesses and created many more job vacancies for those people who will be attending the Job Fair looking for a job.

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Abro Cycle 6 Week 3 – Dan & Natalina

Akwaba! Our second week on placement started out the same as the first, really hot and really sunny. On Monday morning we split into our groups for Community Engagement and went to our assigned zones. Community engagement is where we go around and engage with the community (pretty simple) we write some questions about various health and other important issues and use them for us to gage their knowledge on the subjects.  We go to different houses and ask them the questions and see what they know and don’t know. The first survey was a recap of what the other cycles covered so we had a rough idea of what information the locals had retained. The questions from week 2 were about HIV, teenage pregnancy and abortion.

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Having Workshops with the pupils on healthy practices

After the survey we went to the office where we were split into different teams with different responsibilities for the coming weeks. (media team for example had the responsibility of taking photos and videos and uploading this blog)  the other teams were: the communication team, Abro Players (a drama team) library team, infrastructure team and external affairs team.

On the 12th may we went to meet the schools, we went to MA primary school first and waited around for a while, again seeming to abide by GMT. We were meant to be teaching our first classes but instead we were told to wait till 11 to meet the children and wait for the following week to begin teaching. We were put in front of the school to meet the children. We told the children our names and they seemed happy to meet us, also there was a surprise for Kendall as all the children started singing him happy birthday. A massive surprise for his 21st! After the Islamic primary and the Abro junior high school we went for lunch.

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Making nets from empty water sachets

 

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After lunch on the Tuesday we went back to the office and were shown a small video on how to make water sachet nets. Most of the water out here is in small water sachets, they look like small bean bags of water and are the most common rubbish here. We spent a few hours starting one of the nets and it would good for us to learn as we would soon be teaching the children how to do it. We also held a surprise party for Kendall on the beach that evening.

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Birthday boy Kendall!                       

 

On the Wednesday we started our Wednesday Worship Workshop (WWW) at the various schools. Within in the allocated 15 minutes we conducted a recap survey for the students on various health issues and issues affecting the community at large. After the sessions we did various workshops with the team leaders and the coordinator Nana. The following days we had other workshops where we planned what would happen for the next few weeks. We have some big events planned so hopefully they go well and run on our time, not GMT!(Ghana Maybe Time)

See ya!

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The whole team at Kendall’s birthday