Day 4 began with Catherine finally arriving in Tamale after three flight delays due to the bad weather across the U.S. She wasn’t given much time to settle in as the teams all departed that morning for their first visit to the villages in which they would hopefully be working. Catherine met her team, Team 1, and was off. For the first half of the day, the teams all took water samples from their village dugouts and attempted to schedule the first meeting with the village chief and elders for the next day.
The teams all returned successful. Many had informal meetings with the chief while they were in their villages that morning. All of the teams scheduled an official meeting for the next morning. The fellows returned from their village visits in great spirits and proceeded to test the samples they had taken from their village dugouts. The next day they would bring the results with them to their chief meetings.
For the last part of the day, the teams went off with their translators to rehearse their upcoming chief meetings. (Each team had selected one member to lead the meeting so as not to confuse the translator or intimidate the chief. ) We ended the day’s training with each team giving me one final run through of the meeting.