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Friday, November 7, 2014

Expect the unexpected

By Jessie James

Salifu, Nurideen and Emma practising their session
After arranging a sexual health sensitisation session with Ticheli community for the 7 November (today), this week has been spent in an organisation and planning overdrive. 

Although the presentations are being given in the local language of Dagbani, the scripts were written in English with fantastic team communication. After finishing the scripts it was all about practice makes perfect.

Jessie and Alima practising
A special thanks to ABC/Create change teammembers, Samata and Nurideen, for helping us out as Dagbani speakers! 

By the time it came to Thursday, we were completely prepared and ready to give the presentations. However, due to the foreseen but untold circumstances (the community chief's wedding falling on the same day) the session was postponed until 12 November. We all had a bit of a giggle about why these circumstances had not been revealed earlier but as they say ‘the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry’ – always expect the unexpected.

Jack and Bakir
Stand by for next week’s blog to see how the session goes…

We also had our mid-term review this week. Although many of us are still struggling to believe we are already halfway through our placement, it was good to be able to discuss our progress so far and if we had any feedback about the programme.

Hannah and Sherifa
Thursday night was the much-anticipated team meal. After several postponements, the whole team met at the RAINS team house to enjoy good food and a movie. We were treated to palaver sauce made from coco yam leaves, TZ, and pasta and vegetables in a tomato sauce. We were even lucky enough to have garlic bread. It was all delicious! After the food we snacked on M&Ms and Minstrels and sat down to watch Pyaar Impossible. It is a rather interesting film with an obvious romantic plot; a few of us fell asleep while watching. However, I think the night was a success. 

With good food and friends, what more can you ask for?

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