Monday, November 25, 2013

Bye bye Salimingaaaas

The end of the placement is coming around all too quickly. AGAIN. As the team leader of the Bolgatanga group, I have now been living and working in the glorious Upper East Region for the last 6 months. I have seen through one rainy season, 2 wonderful groups of volunteers, 4 Sandema team leaders, and an infinite amount of ‘stomach issues’.
Team 1 (from L-R): Conrad, Bel, Dan, Hannah, Winnie, Me, Ola Nasim
Firstly I would like to give you an overview of the huge amount of work that my lovely teams have done over this time period. My first group created a Fundraising Proposal, which was based on a research project about the issues that the craft sector in the Upper East Region face. These issues are what are preventing the artisans from running successful enterprises. The proposal planned and budgeted for nine activities to be implemented which would be pragmatic and sustainable solutions to these issues.
Team 2, considerably more fun. JOKE.  (from L-R): Kay, Kezia, Me, Cara, Lamley 
My second group have used this proposal to contact different companies and NGOs in order to raise the money to complete these activities. While waiting for responses they have also looked into crowdfunding options, created a new website for TradeAID Integrated and taught record keeping to the disabled crafts women and smock makers.

On a personal note, it has been an incredible six months for me. I am proud of all the hard work which has been completed and the progress made on the project. I have become addicted to red-red, respond to hisses, been witness to the first ever TradeAID engagement (congrats Kay and Conrad) and made some incredible friends.

Bring on the next three months.


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