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 !!