Friday, April 18, 2014

Welcome to the new HQ!

On 14th April Tigoung Nonma received the next cohort of volunteers, Emily and Roxy, who joined the returning national volunteers, Jean and Esther, and the new Team Leader, Alison.

Here is our team for the next three months!

The Tigoung Nonma team (Roxy, Esther, Alison, Jean, Emily)
For our first week, we have focused our work on helping to establish the new Tigoung Nonma headquarters in the district of Gounghin. 

TN moved here on 25th March from their old premises at HSB (Handicap Solidaire Burkina). The new location has a large room to display the products and to host meetings, as well as an office, storage room and a large yard where the catering service can work.

The new space to display TN products
Activities have included sorting the products, arranging the shelves, installing artworks on the wall and fixing one sign inside and another outside the shop. 

We also attached a sign on the gate so that passers-by can recognise Tigoung Nonma’s new home.

The gates to TN's new HQ!

On Wednesday, we met with the Committee, made up of a small number of TN members, to discuss their short-term and long-term priorities, and to formulate a plan for the next few months.

It has been a motivating and productive week, despite the frequent lack of power. We have been welcomed warmly by the TN staff, and are very excited to be working with them. We hope we will be able to contribute positively to such a vibrant organisation.

The UK volunteers (UKVs) have greatly enjoyed their first two weeks in Burkina Faso, though it has been extremely hot - April is the hottest month of the year, with temperatures topping 40 celsius.

It was fascinating to visit some of the other ICS partner organisations as part of the induction week. At Kabeela in Zinaire, we received a traditional welcome with singing and “zoom-koom” a drink made of millet, sugar and lemons. By the end of the induction week, the UKVs had already been invited by a member of staff at HSB to attend a local wedding and a baptism, both of which were highlights so far.

Mooré lessons have come in handy, particularly when greeting people and ordering food at the market. The market stall owners greet the UKVs’ attempts at speaking Mooré with friendly hilarity. So in English, French and Mooré:

Until next time! À bientôt ! Nidaray!

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