Sitting in the middle of Bayili’s humble palace, Team Taufik had agreeably one of the most unique experiences of our lives. It was our meeting with the chief and the elders of the community we were hoping to work with over the next couple weeks. After taking our shoes off, we stepped into his hut and squatted down and began the greetings. The elder we came into contact with first upon our arrival to the village, offered up the 5 cedes we had given out of respect. The chief nodded to us and began speaking in Dagbani. Unaware of exactly what was happening, but eager to be a part of the process, we mimicked the men and our translator by lightly clapping our hands and responding “Naa” to all their well wishes to our lives and our families.
Our team member, Audrey, gave our pitch confidently and eloquently and our translator, Taufik, bridged the language gap. They nodded approval throughout the meeting and were happy to move forward with the water sanitation business implementation. Yay! The next day we got to meet with the entire community and they also loved the idea. We are so excited and thankful for the opportunity to work with our village! Here are some other things that we have been very thankful for throughout our experience…
We are thankful to have an inside look at what an official chief meeting looks like.
We are thankful that our village has welcomed us into their traditions.
We are thankful for Taufik both for his service to this organization and his willingness to teach us the ways of Tamale.
We are thankful for simple solutions and the impact they can have on people’s lives.
We are thankful for our driver, Alhassan, because he not only drives us everywhere but also fixes everything. Literally everything.
We are thankful for the village’s excitement to help us implement this business.
We are thankful for cute kids and their curious, unashamed staring.
We are thankful for laughter because no matter what language you speak, everyone understands it.