08/05/11 Pierwszy tydzień w Moree dobiega końca. To moja pierwsza wizyta w Ghanie, ale nie w Afryce. Kilka miesięcy temu byłam w Etiopii i nie mogę uciec przed nieustannymi porównaniami. Niby podobnie, a jednak tak bardzo inaczej. Różnorodność Afryki nadal zaskakuje.

W Akrze wylądowałyśmy w poniedziałek wieczorem, a we wtorek już jechałyśmy tro-tro do Moree. Na miejsce dotarłyśmy tuż przed zmrokiem, w samą porę, żeby zobaczyć jeszcze grupę artystyczną na treningu. Pani Krystyna już na pierwszy rzut oka widzi, że dzieci zrobiły znaczne postępy od ostatniej wizyty. Trenują teraz bardziej intensywnie, w tym tygodniu prawie codziennie z trenerami z Akry. Dają z siebie wszystko, do wyjazdu na festiwale do Gdańska i Lublina zostały już tylko dwa miesiące.. Ale wytężone treningi nie stanowią przepustki do wyjazdu. Równolegle załatwiane są niezliczone formalności, aby młodzi artyści dostali paszporty. Wielu osobom z lokalnej społeczności oraz licznym przyjaciołom Fundacji zależy, aby przedsięwzięcie zakończyło się sukcesem, każdy wspiera więc w miarę swoich możliwości. Zbierają referencje, przygotowują dokumentację, odwiedzają urzędy. Nadal brakuje także funduszy na bilety dla wszystkich dzieci, trwają więc intensywne poszukiwania sponsorów. Spróbujemy szczęścia w Vodafone i u producentów oleju palmowego.
W ciągu dnia życie w bibliotece wrze. Dzieci przychodzą regularnie, czytają, rysują. Już pierwszego dnia w bibliotece mogłam poprowadzić zajęcia z młodszymi dziećmi. Niesamowite wrażenie, kiedy dzieci same usiadły w ławkach i poprosiły, żeby je uczyć! Najpierw ćwiczymy przedimki „on”, „in” „at” , potem wspólnie czytamy. Popołudniami natomiast, od 15 do 16 odbywają się zajęcia z Benem, młodym nauczycielem z lokalnej szkoły.

Przygotowałyśmy plan działań na maj. Dzieci z grupy artystycznej pracują już nad esejami na temat ich życia w Moree, przygotowują także wystąpienia przed kamerą, w których powiedzą parę słów o sobie i wrażeniach związanych z letnim wyjazdem do Polski. Potem zmontujemy krótki film o tancerzach i bębniarzach z grupy artystycznej. Może dzięki Youtube o młodych artystach z Moree już wkrótce usłyszą nie tylko ludzie z Polski?

Jednego wieczora za namową trenerów spróbowałam swoich sił w przygotowaniu tradycyjnej potrawy. Nie było lekko, ale w pocie czoła i po wielu nieudanych próbach obrałam i pokroiłam yam!

Przed nami jeszcze trzy tygodnie pracy w Moree. Trzymajcie kciuki!

A w chwili gdy piszę ten tekst, dwie dziewczynki z sąsiedztwa plotą mi warkoczyki na głowie...

Gorące pozdrowienia z afrykańskiej sauny :-)
 
 
9-15/05/2011 Another week in Moree passed by. This one was filled with really hard work and a lot of
new impressions.
Children have been working intensively on their tasks, most of them delivered essays about their lives in Moree. They described different aspects of it. Some focused on their ordinary days and routinal activities such as fetching water, sweeping, preparing local food (fufu or banku) or going to church. Others chose the exceptional events such as camp in Volta Region and excursion to neighbouring country Togo or the day they completed school. Moreover, many children finished also preparing their art works. As manually talented young people they can without any problems make necklaces or bracelets with the use of shells and colourful beads or saw a traditional table cloth. This week we will focus on recording short videos about young artists and hopefully we will have a lot of fun!
 
Some progress in „passport issue” has been also made. Mrs Krystyna Choszcz visited personally passport office in Accra and delivered the last lacking documents. It was quite a challenging task to gather signatures of headmasters of the schools that children from the art group attend. They were expected to confirm that enlisted children are the students of their schools. Just a formality? Not here. Let me give you an example: last Thursday I visited Isaac and John`s school on the way to Cape Coast. We were waiting about an hour for the headmistress to appear. When she eventually came, she ordered to prepare the confirmation letter to her assistants. The group of 3 people were working on it for the next hour. I was sitting on the chair in the front of school. As the letter was finished, boys were asked some questions. Then it was my turn to enter the room of
headmistress. The letter was lying on her desk. She stated that she cannot sign this document because in July there are exams. I tried to convince her using arguments about promotion of African culture among other nations and so on. Finally, I had to write a letter asking the headmistress for the permission to let them go to Poland. My „professional” letter was copied by the secretary and then discussed. After three hours spent in that school we got the signature. With relief and smile I headed do the exit. Stop. No stamp. Come back. Waiting again...
Just a few minutes ago Mrs Krystyna received a phone call. Passports will be ready probably tomorrow. Let`s hope..
 
We have already started some preparations to the trip to Poland. I met with young artists and gave them some instructions how to behave at the airport and on the plane. For all of them it will be the first flight. They`re extremely excited about it. Moreover, the new kente costumes for the festivals are being tailored. Some photos to official festival folders were also taken.
Don`t think that our activities in Moree don`t reach further than art group :-) Every day library is visited by many children from local schools, it happens even more often that teachers come with their classes and ask for running the lesson for them. Lately, there was the 4th class from Knight Bridge School and we prepared a geography lesson for them.
For me, personally, the most important day was when I met for the first time Precious Mensah, my sponsored boy. I visited him at school. The teacher confirmed he is the best student in his class. I am so proud! Precious comes to library every day after classes so it is a good opportunity for us to learn more about each other.
 
Free time? Not much. During „breaks” in the library I play soccer on my mobile with boys. Weekends? Saturday in the library, on Sunday we walked around Moree and accidentally took part in the funeral ceremony and were even dancing with the guests ;)
 
 
30/05/2011 I can`t believe it`s already my last week in Moree. I don`t feel like coming back...
We have some good news this week – after several months of struggling with paper work, gathering documentation and visiting officials we got at last passports for 22 children from art group. That is mainly the results of very very hard work and strong determination of Olek. Special thanks and congratulations!
 
However, passports are not enough. We have already begun next process – preparations to obtain visas. Once again it is necessary to collect a lot of documents: confirmations, letters, permissions, invitations..... On 6th of June everything will be clear – that day children visit embassy. Last Saturday we organised workshop in Anomabu Beach Resort. A lot of fun on the beach, photo sessions like to Vogue but also intense training. The workshop drew attention of many tourists relaxing nearby. Luckily, among them there were also representatives of the palm oil industry and made a proposal of preparing the commercial that will include the performance of
Freespirit Art Group. A great opportunity to gain funds for some tickets to Poland! In general, all people there were amazed by the show and the natural, powerful and energetic way of performing. We gather some information about parents of the young artists, took photos while they working. Classes from other schools visit the library more often, we have already prepared some lessons for them.
 
Not only work filled our last days. One day we made a long walking tour around Moree. We gathered some unusual impressions – we attended local funeral, and – because it was Sunday, third day of funeral, - everybody was dancing and having fun. Guests insisted strongly on us that we should join them. Ok., lets`s do it... 
 
Barbara Lipińska