I’m working primarily as an Organizational Development Advisor, but of course I also help with programming and other work around the office. A lot of my work in the beginning has been simply shadowing other staff and gaining an understanding of how the organization functions. I’ve been based mainly in their project office in Tefle (in the Volta Region of Ghana), but I’ve also been to see their store in Accra, and worked on a 2 week program in the Eastern Region. It’s been great getting to see all the different projects and programs that NEWIG manages.
Over the remaining 9 months, I’ll be working on a number of different outreach programs. I am currently helping to update their local Women’s Group programming, and preparing to revise a number of other programs including: the Girls Empowerment Club, the Youth Leadership Club, and the Small Business Training Program (in partnership with the Rural Enterprise Programme). At the same time, NEWIG is getting ready to welcome the second cohort of students to their Women in Professional Driving training program in Accra, which will begin in early March. It’s going to be a very full 9 months, and I am looking forward to sharing the progress along the way!
In my personal time, I have been enjoying visiting Accra on weekends and getting out to different local events. I attended the Sabolai Radio Music Festival which was an awesome celebration of African indie music. I also attend the December to Remember concert which featured a ton of amazing Ghanaian artists. I was incredibly happy to attend the African Women Development Fund’s Young Feminist Gathering in late December (a monthly event I plan to continue to attend during my time here). Check out the photos below to see what else I have been getting up to.
There is so much more I want to do and see in the coming weeks and months. There are so many cities, beaches, and places I want to check out. I already know it is going to be a very full 10 months.
Please tweet me @CarlyMFriesen if you have any suggestions of things I should do or see while I’m here!