Leo also a SELL Resource team member, after mentoring the Minna team in their Personal Growth workshop said that the Minna SELL team is becoming very strong and have identified a few persons for the SELL facilitators training. They also had a record of 21 participants comprising of 14 female and 7 male. It would have been a bed of roses for us if there were no challenges as the ones we are experiencing at the moment. During one of our recent previous updates, you were informed that the programme’s vehicle broke down when members of the Sell Resource Team were coming back from a facilitators network training in Jos. Last weekend when Leo was coming back to Bauchi from Minna, just around Jos an accident occurred between him and a motorcyclist. At the moment that I am speaking to you there is no vehicle in the compound for journeys to workshop. Just like Jonathan and James travelled to Sabon Gida on commercial transport, a journey of sixteen hours (to and fro), they will still take that risk again to Gombe for another mentoring this weekend.
You were informed that on Tuesday 22nd November, A resource team from the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Catholic Agency for Oversea Development (CAFOD), both from Abuja, were going to come and help the SELL team with some strategic planning, with a view to repositioning the team for a better future. CAFOD couldn’t make it to come because of an urgent pressing need that needed their attention. The Strategic Planning also opened our minds to other creative approaches to doing things. On behalf of the SELL Programme Team, we appreciate Mr. Chris and Ayo who came from CRS to do the planning with us.
That same day at about 16: 30 GMT the end of year Evaluation and Planning for 2012 took place with the Youth Chaplains of the Province of Jos, covering Five States in the North East, Nigeria. During the evaluation, reports were given by the chaplains on how the programme was run in their areas. We also discussed how to make things better in the coming year.
Jonathan and James are already in Gombe this weekend for mentoring of Community Building by the Gombe SELL team. We wish them well in that endeavour. Another mentoring was to take place at Tudun Wada Malima, around Tafawa Balewa area of Bauchi, but due to logistical reasons, the area team called the office to say the workshop is postponed to a later date.
What am I forgetting? Oh yes I remember, this weekend the SELL family has two birthdays. On 26th November, a resource member of the St. Patrick’s Priest in Nigeria, who supports the Team, with workshops, facilitation, teambuilding, mentoring and translation among others, Tommy Hayden shall mark his birthday. Also on 27th November 2011, Moses, a member of the SELL team shall also be marking his birthday. On the same day, Moses and Ann (his partner) shall be taking their baby, Ofara to the church for dedication. We wish all of them a fruitful celebration. See you next week.
For the SELL team