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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

It always seems impossible until it is done

The RAINS team have spent the last 11 weeks working in the Nelson Mandela Development Centre, in Tamale, so feel that the quote ‘it always seems impossible until its done’ by the famous South African president, helps sum up our placement nicely.

The team has had some significant setbacks along the way to get to this point. However here we are 11 weeks on, stronger than ever! We have achieved a total of 6 Children’s Community Clubs in 3 different communities in which we have talked about a variety of sexual health related topics, such as personal hygeine, puberty, STIs and teenage pregnancy. We have done some serious research, wrote report after report after report, a Peer Educator and Non-Traditional Condom Distrbutor Training and a whole community sensitisation.

It is fair to say that 11 weeks ago, all of this would of seemed impossible. Three months really does fly by and before we knew it, we were reaching the end of our journey. We are now all looking forward to returning home, whether it’s somewhere else in Ghana or the UK. Our Accra volunteers are looking forward to arriving on the beach while the UK volunteers are really just looking forward to some chicken nuggets.
To say good bye on the final blog post of this cohort we have decided to reflect on our placement together.

What have we learnt? How will this help us when we return home?

One thing we can all agree on is that we have had a great time and will miss each other so much! A trip to Ghana 2018 is definitely on the cards for this team RAINS, we just can’t seem to live without each other!

Although it seemed impossible at times, we have done the work we needed too to help make our mark on our communities so it’s a good bye and a pat on the back for us!

Written by Beth Crawford

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