Training in the Field
Thoughts from staff visiting the field in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
WfWI-DRC has the largest program in the Women for Women International network. Looking at the country at large, the areas in which we work seem rather close in vicinity, especially relative to the size of the country (nearly the same landmass as Western Europe). However, looking at the prominently placed map of DRC in the Bukavu headquarters, it is clear that the communities WfWI-DRC serve are nowhere near each other; from North to South, Goma, Bukavu, Baraka, and Uvira are hours away from each other. Motorbikes are a necessity for our staff members to travel to the women in our Training of Trainers (ToT) Program.
The ToT’s purpose is to ToT gives an in-depth orientation to the newly deepened Women’s World Manual Curriculum, help the Renewing Women’s Life Skills trainers improve their facilitation skills, and most importantly help them solve problems so they can more effectively serve the women participants. DRC training crew have significant challenges, but they are uniquely placed to have a great impact on the women we serve.
The 37 trainers, plus office and sub-office staff introduce themselves. The youngest trainer is 22 — the oldest trainers playfully decline to give their age. The trainers are young, mature, married, widowed, divorced, single, and have training in many different fields. There are trained teachers, nurses, lawyers, and agronomists in the training staff. WfWI-DRC has the best trainers to be had in the country. Also present is Honorata, the prime example of WfWI successes, is present among the Baraka group of trainers.
Most trainers enjoy delivering the health and wellness sessions. It’s c an be amazing how little the women we serve know about their bodies and basic things like basic hygiene and nutrition. Their poverty makes it difficult to effectively manage their health. When you live in a mud hut with a thatched roof, no indoor plumbing, and no electricity, how healthy can we reasonably expect our program participants to be? It isn’t surprising that the trainers enjoy delivering this module. to see immediate Its impact is immediate and visib, le, as it alsoand allows the trainers to feel good about their jobs.
The majority of the trainers are excited about educating participants. Participation in the program is also helping them to strengthen their relations with one another, which is important because they live in the same community.