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Thursday, 15 June 2017

This is what it's all about!

It started on a beautiful Saturday morning, however what was not so beautiful was the colour of HSBs office - it needed to change. We threw on our painting gear and were raring to go. After a solid 3 hours of painting and equal effort from all the team, we had our office looking a lovely crisp white in no time, and the office looked all the nicer for it. The Sunday was a rest day, we relaxed at Vicki’s house and we began our traditional game of uno before watching some films. Pulp Fiction went down a treat. We were planning on going to the local hotel for pizza, ice cream, donuts and roast chicken, however it was closed. What a disaster - this was not what the group had planned.


Monday brought about the start of an incredibly busy week, we had a survey to do as well as our first sports awareness raising session and much more. We started Monday rehearsing our sports awareness script, which was both hilarious and eye opening. Although it was a good start, we had lots of work to do, the British volunteers especially found the French speaking parts difficult. After some lovely goat liver for lunch, Frankie and Gisele had to start the survey. The survey was a very important task due to the fact it was the first cohorts pride and joy, plus we had to interview 100 people, this was going to be tough, but we knew we could do it.




After recieving the survey questions, we had to go to the market to interview some locals, this gave us a great opportunity to eat some food. Frankie and Gisele powered through numerous questionnaires, however they couldnt stay long as the team had to practice our inclusive sport games in time for the sports awareness session. We played goalball, which consisted of two teams with two pairs blindfolded trying to score in each others goals, using a goal with bells so as to hear the ball coming. One arm one leg was a game were everyone gathered in a circle and threw a tennis ball at each other, as soon as one person missed the ball they lost a leg, then a arm etc…the last person standing was the winner. The bucket game consisted of two teams going head to head blindfolded trying to carry as much water without spilling it. All activities were loved by all team members especially Gisele who could not get enough of the activities. It was an incredibly busy day, and one which tired everyone out, but thouroughly enjoyable.


After a well deserved rest by all the team, it was time to commence the survey. We split of in to pairs each heading for a different part of Pabre. The pairs consisted of Gisele and Frankie at the market, Toni and Rabi at Lycee Municipal Secondary school as well as the Marie, Vicki and Hamadou at the local police, mayors office and Gendermerie, and Rebecca and Alasane at the remaining secondary schools. This was going to be tough, very tough, however after an incredible team effort from all the guys, we completed around 85 surveys - an amazing feat. That evening was the first of our student society meetings where Frankie, Gisele, Nouho and Marc met some of the members of the would be student society. We talked about the aims, objectives, roles and responsibilities of the society and what our plans are going into the future.



Wednesday was a half day, this meant spirits were high. We went over all our survey reports discussing the highs and lows and what we achieved from our survey findings yesterday, it became apparent the market was what we were going to target, as this still had not met the quota of 48 people. We decided we would tackle some much needed admin, with Thursday our day to focus on the market and the survey.

Thursday was the day we finished the survey, 100 participants surveyed, what an achivement for all the team. After collecting all the surveys it was left to the courageous Frankie and Gisele to tally all the survey results and come up with factual emperical evidence about the survey results -a tough task indeed. This took a long time indeed but it was completed with great haste. In the afternoon we started our work on the much coverted basketball pitch, we all grabbed a shovel and got to work, this is something which will occupy the next couple weeks, but we got started which really helped.





Friday was the first day of our awareness raising and inclusive sports session and a big day for all of the team involved, after giving the students (mainly aged around 15 years old) an inspiring talk about disabilities, we played the three sport games, goalball, one arm one leg, and the bucket game, they were a massive success and the students not only had fun but learnt a great deal about disability - a great job by HSB. The most popular game was goalball with some epic competition match ups. In the morning we had our group reflection session run by Rabbi and Rebecca and the topic of discussion was diversity and working together. It was a rip roaring sucess and the debate was really flowing.



French Version
Salut !!!
Nouvelle semaine, nouveaux défis. Nous sommes ravis de partager avec vous nos activités de la semaine du 29 avril au 05 mai 2017.

Le 29 Avril 2017 était un samedi, dans une même dynamique d’engagement on a peint le bureau de HSB, notre bureau.

Ce fut vraiment une journée pleine de motivation et d’enthousiasme. Nous avons découvert de nouveaux talents de peintre parmi nous. Les volontaires étaient fiers d’eux-mêmes car le travail était très bien accompli : en clair, c’était génial !!!

Le 01 mai 2017, comme la précédente journée, la suivante fut encore enrichissante c’était une journée férié, fête des travailleurs, mais nous nous sommes retrouvés pour les préparatifs de l’enquête, à savoir, les impressions et le partage des rôles.

Dans la soirée nous nous sommes retrouvés au terrain pour des séances d’apprentissage sur le sport inclusif.  C’était vraiment amusant, marrant et en même temps une autre manière pour nous de mieux comprendre les personnes vivant avec un handicap, afin de mieux défendre leurs causes.

Dans la semaine, nous avons enfin fait notre enquête précisément le 2 mai 2017. Cette journée a été vraiment chargée. L’enquête nous a pris toute la journée mais vraiment elle a été bénéfique car elle nous a permis d’apercevoir l’évolution de la mentalité de la communauté de Pabré sur le Handicap après les sensibilisations des cohortes passées.  

Dure journée, mais résultats satisfaisants. On a atteint le nombre de personnes voulues ainsi que l’objectif escompté. Cela grâce à la motivation, au dynamisme et à l’engagement continu de notre cohorte, malgré la canicule de ce jour-là. C’est avec une grande joie que nous nous sommes retrouvés dans la soirée après notre enquête et quelques heures de pause pour rencontrer les ambassadeurs de HSB, c’est-à-dire, les future membres du club HSB des élèves du Lycee Municipale.l

Le Lendemain, une nouvelle journée pleine d’apprentissage a vu le dépouillement des fiches d’enquête ainsi que leur classement en fonction du sexe et la langue par les officiers de ce travail. Nos team leaders ont procédé au « one to one » avec tous les volontaires, en conformité avec les règles de ICS, dans le cadre de la supervision des volontaires. Nous avons rédigé le rapport du « group reflexion » de la semaine dernière par ceux qui était en charge de cette activité.

Notre quatrième journée fut mouvementée, très enrichissante, la sensibilisation avec les élevés de du collège Saint pierre à débuter à 10h. Nous avons reçu un accueil chaleureux du directeur du collège. «Lors de la session de sensibilisation, nous avons remarqué des élevés (classe de  3e) attentionnés et motivés. Ils étaient aussi imprégner de certaines notions sur le handicap. Après la session de sensibilisation nous sommes passées au sport inclusif.

Nous avons eu à faire trois jeux dont le « goalball », le « one arm one leg » et le « bucket game ». Ces jeux avaient pour but de faire comprendre aux élèves la situation des personnes vivant avec un handicap et facilité leur intégration dans la communauté. La jeunesse est le futur d’une nation. Les élèves ont beaucoup aiment les jeux différemment. Dans la soirée, nous avons continué avec  la construction du terrain et la suite de notre one to one.


La cinquième journée fut consacrée au « group reflexion » à un endroit vraiment chaleureux, nous avons échanger sur la diversité du travail en équipe.



Nous avons terminé la journée en beauté avec la construction du terrain de basketball.

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