Recap: 3rd Day of WASH Training
The third day was the most saturated day of the training. The team had decided the day before to begin a little earlier for this day, so we would be able to have morning review time. At 6:30 am, the participants arrived and we began with one hour of recap and revision before breakfast. I really do believe returning the participants into their own village during the training, incorporated the whole village into the training and emphasized the urgent task of returning and putting plans into action. This seems to have had added a small amount of pressure on the women to really know what they are talking about. Every day since the beginning of the training we have allotted an hour and a half for recap and revision where trainers, become trainees and two sets of participants go in front of the group to recap the lessons of the day. Asking the ladies to present everyday allows them practice time to build their confidence to speaking in front of a group. The reality was also fitting in that we (the trainers and I and two representatives from the Ministry of Health, the chief of development Mr. Ohonou, and a few others) were unfamiliar and so these women had to really summon their courage to stand up and speak. We had breakfast and then returned to our lessons. Djoumai and Amen both continued with sanitation and hygiene, toilets, Econ-San and VIP and then a general review to further tie in all loose ends. Our goal is for our participants to assimilate this information given to them formally, into their own realities and connect the dots and embraced new behavioral changes that will benefit them. I must say that the women are proud of what they have learned and of themselves. There is a new feeling in the group of familiarity and real comradery. Now, I am seeing, the participants helping each other in their lessons. Afi Abalo is a star; she is going to help bring about some amazing changes in her group. I am also very confident about Amina Adoh: the woman has a grace and simplicity with a readiness to laugh that is both disarming and effective. Ms. Adoh is able to relate to everyone easily because she is this way. By the end of the third day, it was apparent that our participants were coming into their own, they were now feeling comfortable with our initiative and the subject matters of our training and were excited about the coming days.