|The sign on the gate|
|Avocados on the left and Cleopatra Mandarins on the right|
|The only person I caught sleeping the entire two days|
|My host father grafting|
With this project I could only budget for around 25-30 people. We sat down and talked about who would be interested and should participate. I based this off of people I have helped with fruit trees or have large fruit tree orchards already. Some of the people I have grafted for or shown them how to graft.
|A child among men|
My village is large and word travels very fast, especially when the only white kid is doing something. I can go eat lunch at any other compound in the village and when I get home my host mother knows where I ate, what I ate and who was there. So as you can image within hours people were coming to me asking me if I had written them on my list to participate in the workshop. It was unfortunate that not everyone could participate. It started to feel like 5th grade all over, when you only tell 10 of the 30 kids in your class that they are invited to your birthday party. The week leading up to the training I was nervous that people would show up that I hadn’t talk to and it would be awkward to tell them to leave or that they could stay but not get anything.
|Jenaba the shopkeeper|
I had my program assistant Bah2 and another man, Gibi come and lead the two days of training. Bah2 and I came up with the idea of a grafting training the beginning of this year. After the training we both were very excited at the level of excitement that the participants showed during the two days of training.
|Everyone with their certificates|
My host mother a few of her friends cooked our meals for the two days and it was delicious food.
|Lunch being prepared|
Overall I think the two days of training was a success, many of the villagers I have seen and talked with were very appreciative for the training and learned something from it. Ultimately I am happy with the results and in a perfect world the trees that are still in the nursery would be used for rootstock and grafting trainings in the future or sold as a source of income. Having a source of improved varieties of citrus in the area will be a great resource for surrounding communities.
|Yaya and I|
Just like any development work things change especially once the person involve leaves. It’s the “sustainability,” issue that I worry about. Yes, I have family and counterparts that have bought into the idea and helped me along the way. They have all agreed to continue the tree nursery after I leave, but who really knows what will happen. Everything I have done throughout my entire PC experience has been with low expectations as not to be disappointed. Every time I do something I am impressed and excited at the results because it exceeds my expectations. This could be a personal flaw of fear of failure or not wanting to disappoint myself but I think it’s more of a way to stay happy living in a developing nation…
|The first picture with my host father ever, I told him not to get too excited|
|Diet Mike can still eat|