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First experience with The Constellation

I arrived in Chiang Mai on february 26th. I just had time to order my stuffs in my room, and the Interfaith Work began already ! :)

Indeed, we met altogether at the Catholic Mission Center, in Muang District in Chiang Mai, on february 28th. There, were the Dutch Team (Brigitte, Alper, Mustapha and Bastiaan), Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique (from CARE, India), the INAT, the Constellation and I. I had never began a "work session" on a sunday ! :)

The session began with presentations of each others ("open your heart", expectations, what I am proud of), and of the various organizations. Regarding my "expectations", I did not really have, at the beginning, as I am "here to learn" ("Marion"'s meaning in Thaï!), as a student. I mostly wanted to learn more about the SALT method, and see how it may be applied in the religious communities, and not only about HIV but in the daily life.

We had a reflexion on "Are we human?" and worked on the SALT approach, in preparation for the forthcoming visits to the communities (muslim, buddhist, christian) during the week, based on the communities's strengths. I discovered different ways of applying the SALT approach, visiting the communities. My "expectations" were well met. During the After Action Review, we shared about the strengths we found during the week, for each community. Then we had a reflexion on the way we applied SALT during the visits, and on what we learned. WE DID USE SALT ! We ended the session by drawing our dream, and writing nice things about the persons in the different teams.

It was a very rewarding experience for me. It made me feel welcome, well included in the Team. The atmosphere was very warm and enthusiastic ! I was very interested in observing how the Dutch team worked with the communities, and how they could learn from each other. This week was a great guarantee for a good cooperation between Holland and Thailand !

On friday 5th, we went to the INAT office, with Lawan and Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique, to discuss about the forthcoming abstract from Rafique. I am very happy to be here, as a many projects are beginning...

I look forward the next months, with The Constellation !!

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Comment by Lawan Vejapikul on March 9, 2010 at 11:42am
Maybe I can help Suriyon by translating his comment and I hope it can stimulate Suriyon to interact more and more with us on Ning, even if it is in Thai : )

(ฉัีนอาจจะช่วยสุริยนต์ได้ ด้วยการช่วยแปลคอมเม้นท์ของเขา ซึ่งฉันหวังว่ามันจะสามารถกระตุ้นให้สุริยนต์มีการติดต่อสัมพันธ์กับพวกเราในNingมากขึ้นมากขึ้น แม้ว่าจะเป็นภาษาไทยก็ตาม)

Comment by suriyon sungkham
(คอมเม้นท์ โดย สุริยนต์)

(Greetings in Thai)
ว่างๆ ก็มาเที่ยวที่สำนักงานเครือข่ายศาสนาฯได้นะครับ
(If you have free time, you are most welcome to our office - INAT)
(And we maybe can join some field works together)

ปล. มาช่วยแปลให้แล้วนะสุริยนต์....อย่าลืมเข้ามาร่วมแลกเปลี่ยนด้วยกันบ่อยๆนะ ชวนเพื่อนๆที่เครือข่ายฯมาด้วยล่ะ แล้วจะรีบส่ง invitation ไปให้ (ตอนนี้รอรายชื่อและอีเมลล์จากคุณอุ๋ยอยู่น่ะ)

Comment by Marion on March 9, 2010 at 5:18am
Anybody could translate Suriyon's message?? :)
Comment by suriyon sungkham on March 9, 2010 at 5:09am
ว่างๆ ก็มาเที่ยวที่สำนักงานเครือข่ายศาสนาฯได้นะครับ
Comment by Laurence Gilliot on March 8, 2010 at 9:29am
Great Marion! Welcome on board. Enjoy Chiang Mai and the wonderful team :-) I'm looking forward to be back with you all. The first SALT experiences are always very interesting and inspiring.
Comment by Marlou on March 8, 2010 at 9:00am
Dear Marion, very welcome! It is nice to read how you have been able to honor you name this first week. Keep on learning (and sharing with us). See you soon, Marlou

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