Friday, February 27, 2015

The lapse of time and mixed feelings of the seventh week.

This weeks blog is written by Joseph Youpaab Tiibe. He reflects on the fact little time is left for this team. 

As we wrap up the office work of the 7th week as a team we are realizing how little the time is left. Everyone in the Team at the moment has mixed emotions and feelings towards the whole project. We are starting to understand each other and our individual and cultural  differences. This makes it sad to think about the short time we have remaining. 
A lot of progress has been made. Every single person in the group has exceeded what was expected at this point of the teams span. This week we had our Mid-term review with our project manager (Emily) and the project partner at Yumba School. It was interesting to reflect on what we had done in the past seven weeks of work. This made us realize how far we had come with the project but how short of the time is left to finish up everything. It is sad to realize we will have to let go of this experience. We do now know that we can look back with that we are making a difference. 
Left to right: Portia; Georgie; Seckina; Akilu; Jake; Joseph; and Frankie
Plans and ideas have been put together for the next three weeks and things are only getting more busier and exciting at the same time. We are planning to: 
  • hold two sensitisations to plan and do; 
  • appear on the radio again;
  • we are trying to organise ICT training for the teachers;
  • we are discussing with an organisation about providing the teachers with training on how to make soap; 
  • and tomorrow we have organised First Aid Training for the schools parents group. 

All things are created twice: 
  • first mentally; 
  • then physically.

The key to creativity is to begin with the outcome in mind, with a vision and a blue print of the desired result.
Here are the team’s thoughts about the seven weeks and our time remaining.
‘The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime’
Georgie :
'The past 7 weeks have passed by in a blur of excitement and hard work, after the midterm review it’s become clear how much we’ve achieved so far but allowed us to look forward to how much we have got planned in the last few weeks' 
‘it has been an amazing seven weeks already.incredible team, go getters and so lovely to work with reflecting back and knowing we have little time to depart makes me want to cry but looking back at our success makes me smile.cant wait to end well’
‘Our time as a team is closing. This is sad  but we have momentum. We will not end with a whimper, but instead with the Yumba drums banging’
‘Although much time has passed each week feels exponentially more important; respect the progress one has made but always focus on the future’
‘Although it was initially daunting, our journey on the Yumba project has been progressively satisfying. Stupendous achievements are manifesting and the joy is overwhelming. We are poised to do even more in the coming weeks’ 
‘The basic building block of good team building is for a leader to promote the feeling that every human being is unique and adds value’

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