We have just finished our first week at site and all is going well. We have gotten the basic idea of what we will be doing for the next 2 years although these first 3 months are really about community integration and getting to know more about our organization.
We are both working for the same organization, it is a local non-profit founded and ran by a local man. They started with water, sanitization and hygiene projects by building protected wells, water tanks and improved latrines throughout the district. Now it has grown to include a health extension project, agriculture project, health centers and a primary school. The team is a great group of people and they seem to really know what they are doing. Matt is at the Health Center and has been paired to work with the HIV/AIDs counselor. Ashley is at the main organization with the agriculture extension team.
Matt has been asked to do a Customer Care Projects as one of his primary projects while he is here. He will also be working with his counterpart with HIV/AIDs counseling, testing and awareness. Ashley will be working with the agriculture team with their current project focusing on bringing in business knowledge and skills; along the way she is going to try to develop a new focus from a need within the community.