It’s a pleasure bringing you another update on our activities for the year 2018. We really hope you are doing well in all your endeavours. As we are into the last quarter of the year it’s our prayer that all of us will end the year successfully and fruitfully so that we will be able to look back into 2018 and smile with beaming joy that all things worked together for our good regardless of the challenges.
In our September updates we mentioned we had two major training sessions – one each in the Navrongo-Bolgatanga and Tamale zones. The month of October presented the Resource Team the opportunity to have mentoring and monitoring workshops in both zones. On the first weekend of the month there were mentoring workshops in Wiaga and Fumbisi communities in the Navrongo-Bolgatanga zone, in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Two of the Resource Team members were out to mentor the Volunteer Facilitators in those communities facilitate the Community Building Unit of the programme for the first time since their training in the same unit. Both communities were able to start on the Friday evening though not many participants were present. The overview and the opening sessions were successfully carried out and that paved the way for the Saturday sessions. The total number of participants in Wiaga was 26 and that of Fumbisi was 37. After sharing their experiences in all the sessions of the Community Building Unit it was evident from their feedback from the evaluation forms that they really shared and learned a lot from the workshop. It’s therefore our hope that this learning will be useful to them and their communities for the rest of their lives and that next time there will be many participants who are of the right age group participating in the workshops.
On the 12th of October the Youth Chaplain of Navrongo-Bolgatanga zone visited the Resource Team in the Resource Room in Logre, Bolgatanga for the first time since the reopening of the Resource Room on September 3, 2018 following the month-long leave in August. Fr Clement shared with the team how the youth year has been. The team also shared with him the trainings that happened in September and the mentoring workshops over the previous weekend. The youth chaplain was thankful to the team for the immense support and contribution they are making towards the formation of the youth.
From the 12th to the 14th of October there were mentoring workshops in the Community Building Unit in Walewale, a community under the Navrongo-Bolgatanga zone. A Resource Team member was there to mentor two of the Volunteer Facilitators. The workshop could not start on the Friday evening due to a heavy downpour of rain and power outage. Starting on the Saturday with a few participants present the facilitators could only do three sessions out of the six sessions of the unit. It was however encouraging to know that the few present benefited a lot from these sessions. Their youth leaders are making efforts to organise another workshop on the same unit in order the many young adults who could not attend will also get the opportunity to explore together how to build and sustain genuine communities.
Later that day he together with the Resource Team met four of the Volunteer Facilitators in Bolgatanga. The Volunteers thanked him and his society for initiating and promoting the Sharing Education and Learning for Life (SELL) Programme which fosters integrated human development and peace building in young adults. They shared how they got involved with SELL first as participants and later becoming Facilitators and the how programme has influenced their lives. They also expressed how joyful it is for them to help other young adults through the programme. Fr Victor was impressed with their dedication to the programme voluntarily. He further urged them to continue with the hard work to ensure the realisation of the vision and mission of the programme.
The Resource Team is therefore immensely grateful to the Volunteers for their efforts to ensuring the workshops were successful, the Presentation Brothers for their support; the youth chaplains for their encouragement to the Volunteers and to the benefactors for their generosity. Thanks to everyone who supported and continue to support the work in different forms. There are a lot of workshops to be conducted in November and the team will be posting updates of those workshops at the end of the month.