The Big Community Meeting with the Elders

The Big Community Meeting with the Elders

It’s the day Team Wahab has been waiting for. The Community Meeting with the Elders & Chief. Yesterday we had the day off because the community preferred we attend their community meeting on a Monday (today), which was a welcome surprise to me. I ended up visiting a nearby pool in Tamale on our Sunday off. It was nice to take a dip in a pool in January and it only cost 5 Ghanaian Cedi ($1.52 USD)! Shak and TJ (two Saha team leads) joined me at the VRA (Volta River Authority) pool and then we had lunch afterwards. It was a great day overall but now back to work!

Team Wahab headed to Kpanshegu in our taxi

Team Wahab (Marlena, Aly, me and Wahab) headed to Kpanshegu

We drove to Kpanshegu bright and early hitting the road at 7:30AM. In good spirits and after an hour long drive we arrived around 9AM on time but still had to wait for the meeting to start (customary at this point). While we waited we were served a rice and fish concoction. I opted out, just because I wasn’t feeling having rice that early in the morning. The sardine sized fish didn’t help either. Usually I am a pretty adventurous eater, but this morning I passed on the opportunity of a bet with Wahab as to whether I would get sick. Not sure what I would have won if I didn’t get sick, but I was fine nonetheless. Everyone else on Team Wahab tried it and seemed to like it.  Our community meeting was in the Chief’s Palace, which is a pretty cool spot, both literally and figuratively. If you wanna take a breather and just hang out in the shade, this is the place to do it. We waited with Yakub while the Elders trickled in. It ended up being at least 40-60 people in attendance. A cohort of women sat behind us, the Chief in front and the Elders to our left. I snuck in a photo with my phone because I was so excited. While we waited Wahab talked to us about Ghanaian politics and history.

Village Elders of Kpanshegu waiting for the meeting to start

Village Elders of Kpanshegu waiting for the meeting to start

The meeting probably took a little over an hour. Towards the end we asked the community to think about which women they would want to work with us and they didn’t hesitate to nominate: Adamu, Jamilah and Sikina. The community even wanted us to let them know if they looked like they could do the work. (There’s lots of heavy lifting involved). All three women were friendly and enthusiastic. We didn’t get to meet Sikina today, but we will later on in the week while we train them on the business. I am excited to work with Aly and Marlena and of course these fabulous entrepreneurs at Kpanshegu’s Saha Water Project. The meeting went so well that the Chief wanted to make sure we took a photo together and the village gifted us alive chicken and some yams!

Photo with Aly, Marlena and the Chief

Photo with Aly, Marlena and the Chief in his palace

 

Henry the Chicken and Yam we were gifted by the community of Kpanshegu after our elder meeting

Henry the Chicken and Yam we were gifted by the community of Kpanshegu after our elder meeting

High: There were so many highs! The community meeting went amazingly well. Everyone on Team Wahab was pumped. I bought a smock today for the upcoming Damba Festival (more on that later).

Low: That Henry has to be dinner- but I think that’s his purpose in life 🙂 – until next time!