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Friday, October 10, 2014

Welcome to RAINS cohort 8!

By Jack Townsend

We are cohort 8 and what a few days it has been...

After an exciting in-country training week in Ghana with all the new ICS volunteers and moving into our new house, the brand new RAINS team have arrived at the Mandela Development Centre in Tamale. And there is so much work to be done! This week we are getting stuck in to finalising our 10-week project plan and addressing urgent issues so we can work towards our new project aims.

Which are….

Safe Choices: To increase knowledge of safe sexual health practices within communities reaching parents and children. To research and plan a girls' club to act as a safe environment for open discussions and support about sexual health.

Farming for Futures: To improve attendance rates among boys within local communities in the northern region by assisting their families to increase farming productivity.

Students for Schooling: To improve the quality of education for all via uniform, school equipment, knowledge and skill sharing between underprivileged and privileged schools.

And now to introduce the team!

From left to right: Jessie, Jack, Alimatu, Hannah, Emmanuel, Sherifa, Bakir, Natasha, Salifu
Natasha Hallett (Chentiwuni) - Team leader
Age: 26
Where I'm from: I'm originally from the Isle of Wight (an island off the south coast of England) but I now live in Edinburgh in Scotland
Hobbies: I love going on road trips in Scotland - it's such an amazing country with so much breathtaking scenery and places to explore. I also love running and yoga, but have been slacking in these areas recently!
What I am most excited about in the coming 2 months: I am most excited about gaining experience in managing a team. I've loved getting to know my team so far and I can't wait to support them in achieving as much as possible during our time here

Jessie James (Wuntiti)
Age: 25
Where I’m from: Lancaster, UK
Hobbies: Swimming (open water and in-pool) and hiking
What I am most excited about in the coming 2 months: Getting directly involved with community charity work

Sherifa Mustapha
Age: 24
Where I'm from: Tamale, Ghana
Hobbies: Researching
What I am most excited about in the coming 2 months: Meeting the goals of the project

Mohammed Bakir Shuayb 
Age: 25
Where I'm from: Tamale, Ghana
Hobbies: Playing or watching football
What I am most excited about in the coming 2 months: Working within a happy team

Salifu Alidu
Age: 24
Where I'm from: Janga, Northern Region, Ghana
Hobbies: Football and news
What I am most excited about in the coming 2 months: Monitoring and evaluating our own work

Hannah Wilson (Maltiti)
Age: 21
Where I'm from: Nottingham, UK
Hobbies: Reading and hiking
What I am most excited about in the coming 2 months: Getting involved with local communities, developing new skills and working as a team to make a positive impact

Alimatu Bugri 
Age: 24
Where I'm from: Damongo, Northern Region, Ghana
Hobbies: Dancing and reading
What I am most excited about in the coming 2 months: Happy about the team work

Emmanuel Osabutey (Kataali)
Age: 24
Where I'm from: Volta Region of Ghana, but I have lived in Kasoa, Central Region
Hobbies: Listening to music, reading, counselling and singing
What I am most excited about in the coming 2 months: Learning new skills, making global impacts locally and having fun

Jack Townsend (Suhiyini)
Age: 19
Where I'm from: I live in a small village on the outskirts of Edinburgh which is the capital city of Scotland
Hobbies: I most enjoy socialising with my friends, drawing and going out for food
What I am most excited about in the coming 2 months: experiencing a new culture and seeing the impact our work has on local communities

We will be updating you every week with our progress, what we are working on and our experiences in Tamale so please keep following our blog to keep up to date.