Friday, August 27, 2010

And on to Kumasi!

Hello again!
Lets catch up on the last few days: trainings and traveling. George had a great post on the content of the trainings! The only thing the Tamale team did different was Wednesday morning (day 2), we traveled to the village of Bihhayuli so our training participants could actually complete /facillitate a village demonstration. If I had to describe it in one word - incredible. We arrived in the village on buses and the training team entering the village elder's house to greet him. We "sat" in a very low squating postion to do so. Soon after, all the villagers and participants gathered around a shade tree and the PICS triple bag demostration began. The participants were great! They really got everyone, woman and farmers, involved in asking questions and understanding the technology. It was worthwhile to see the efforts of the training team in action. These PICS workshops participants will be facilitating demonstrations like this in over 2800 villages in Ghana alone!!!! We wrapped up the day by making sure the participant's questions were all answered, enjoying a lively feedback session on the trainings, and passing out the resources the participants will need.

Thursday morning was spent gathering a few things in Tamale. I needed a new camera, as mine had broke Wednesday afternoon! All is well now, thanks to a few phone calls and the efforts of Espie. Espie is the PICS communications and media expert. She has done a fabulous job on promoting PICS. We had several media personnel present throughout the two day training.

Thursday afternoon, we left for the 6 hour drive to Kumasi and arrived safely in the evening.
This morning I spent a few hours learning about the Ashanti culture by visting the museum here in Kumasi. Such an interesting region: rich in history and tradition. I can hardly wait for what the next few days will hold here.

Thats all for now!

Amanda Afia

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