Sunday, February 23, 2014

Visits and visitors

It’s hard to believe we’re already coming to the end of our seventh week here in Burkina. Landing at Ouaga airport feels like yesterday, but at the same time it could be a lifetime ago.

 The week began with the whole team gathering together to watch footage filmed by previous cohorts and to plan how to transform the clips into a promotional video for Tigoung Nonma. It was a long morning of discussion, in both French and English, but in the end we managed to get our head around what was a daunting task.

Another daunting task is the TN website which we knew from the start would be an ongoing job. Laura and Orla have now uploaded all product descriptions in English while Jean and Esther are working through translating them into French. At the same time, Ben has been designing a new look donations page, hopefully an improvement on the current one which is just a single line of text!

 On Thursday, TN welcomed students and teachers from the Frederick Gough School in Scunthorpe who have made very generous donations to International Service partner projects in Burkina Faso. Some of the students, who are aged between 13 and 15, had even sold their Christmas presents to raise money! Adé and Amina were working overtime to provide our guests with a classic kiosk lunch of haricots vert and alloco (plantain) chips.

 In the afternoon the students accompanied us on visits to two artisans: Moise Kargougou and Hamidou Kaboré. Seeing Moise create his beautiful little beaded fish statues left us in no doubt about the skill and patience of the Tigoung Nonma artisans. We also took the opportunity to gather more footage for the video. Jean quickly took on his role as interviewer and grilled both artisans on their work. Now we have two new artisan profiles for the website!

 Next week we plan to start editing together our footage as well as filming clips of the remaining craft categories. Also coming up is the TN open day on Saturday 1st March at 1pm. You’re all invited to come and see our artisans’ amazing work!

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