After a week of very intense training the matrones were tested and proved they were competent with all the major points. The key to the program after our departure is Ali. He will follow up with them in their own communities and be available by phone. (A telephone and solar charger were part of the equipment each was given. The charging of cell phones will be a service they can offer their communities and this will earn them some money to be able to pay for calls and other necessary supplies.
Each of the matrones then received their graduation Rotary pin. and signed a contract that states they will perform their work to the best of their ability or return the materials. They were then given a per diem.
Here is the signature part of their contract.
A special pin was then awarded to the support staff: Ali, who performed the training so well, Alhassane, the driver who picked up everybody, dropped them off and shuttled us around in addition to playing guitar at night and performing an ongoing comedy act while driving, Aboli our cook and logistics man and Bahari, the head cook and best dancer.
Bye for now,