Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Mogho Naaba & Frederick Gough School!

Apologies for not having a blog post in such a long time, we have been busy busy busy here at HSB! This week we had the privilege to welcome Frederick Gough School; a school from Scunthorpe in the UK. We gave a warm welcome to the 3 teachers and 8 students who had been working hard fundraising in the UK for the 6 partner projects in International Service. The school were very pleased to see the children from the Espace Bambino and also the Mothers that had travelled to HSB. The day started with an opening welcome from Freddie, HSBs programme coordinator then the British and Burkinabe volunteers talked about what we had been doing since arriving at HSB. As it was Thursday, the physiotherapy sessions were taking place in the Espace Bambino and the students and teachers seemed keen to watch some sessions! They were kind enough to bring the children clothes, toys, sweets and crutches for those with mobility problems. They received famous Tigoung Nonma alloco et frites which they thoroughly enjoyed! One of the students – Charlie Cooper was kind enough to give an extra donation to HSB. We were glad that visiting us had made such an impact and we definitely hope to stay in touch in the future! 

 On Wednesday the 26th of Febuary we had the honour of meeting the Emperor of Mossi people, known as the ‘Mogho Naaba’ in Mooré. It was an early start for us and we were not to be late (even in African timing! ) We arrived at the Mogho Naaba’s Palace at 8AM and waited patiently to be escorted inside. Unfortunately there was disabled ramps at the palace, but hopefully they will be installed in the future. It was quite a nerve racking experience and we all didn’t know what quite to expect however we were put at ease when he came out of the doors. There was a drumroll from the djembe players as he walked out wearing a Booboo – a traditional piece of clothing that looks like an oversized dress- and a colourful hat. He thanked us for coming and Freddie wished him a happy new year. The Mogho Naaba is not aloud to address us directly, or speak in French in public, therefore there was quite abit of translating! He would speak in Mooré to the Chief Kamsonghin, the Chief Kamsonghin would speak in French to us and then Souad would translate into English for us! . Afterwards we had a professional photographer take a photo as we were not aloud to take any. At the end of our visit the Mogho Naaba directly addressed us and said ‘Merci’ which we saw as a huge sign of respect.

Jo Cooney - International Volunteer

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