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FRONTIER PROCESS TRIP REPORT
Location: Nkoro/Diobu (Rivers District)
Date: 20th August-28th September 2010
Team (leader underlined)
The Team arrived at diobu for the orientation which lasted for 5days. The Orientation served as an insight of what is expected to take place during the process and of the participant when the process commences proper.
The Frontier process offered opportunities to experienced young facilitators from strong community demonstration to be hosted in communities where responses were just emerging; for the purpose of longer term (6weeks) facilitation support to deepen the process, especially with the view to rapidly scale out integrated Psycho-Social Support (PSS).
After the orientation the team visited the state house to source for Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials since the one we took to the community had the address of Lagos General Hospitals, HIV counseling centers and where PLWA’S can be referred to for treatment. The team went on awareness campaign around Diobu to sensitize the community members on the effects of HIV/AIDS. The team paid a courtesy visit to Plant Parent Hood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), the organization elaborates on services they render to community and that they welcome partnership from any organizations. The project officer also laid emphasized that the organization also registers people with the sum of five hundred, free libraries and games for members of the club. The project officer also encouraged the group on their volunteerism and asks the team to keep up the good work.
The team later visited the ministry of education to ask for the permission from the board so as to have access into schools in Nkoro, we discussed with him why we were in the State and on our plan to visit Nkoro kingdom. He encouraged the group and also challenge us to know that the work we are about to carry out is not an ordinary work so we should do it diligently because our reward is not here on earth but our reward is in heaven.
The team set out to Nkoro to stay their for the remaining four weeks, it was a task the team would have to face in a new environment and have to familiarize itself with the community members.
The team met with the community chiefs to discuss and to also seek their consent for staying in their community and the team’s mission in their community. The team went out on visibility profile in the community; this was to inform the community members of the team’s presence. The team was in Nkoro to demonstrate a working culture of the facilitation team. During our visit to the community, the paid an advocacy visit to the corps officer to inform him on the importance, aims and objective of the programs and for him to be our link to the head of the kingdom to seek for permission in other to carry out our mission in the community, which will enhance the competence of the community.
WHAT WAS DONE
During the process the team visited several houses and people in the community. While in the community it was discovered that the community lack adequate information on HIV/AIDS, this moved the interest of the team to carry out intense visits into homes.
The team also went on a SALT visits (community and home visits) to converse with the relationship with the people, interact with them using strategic questions, to identify and explore concerns.
The Approach used by the team was SALT approach;
A - Appreciate
L - Learn
T - Transfer
The team conceived a weekly calendar to help the team with their indoor (spiritual and social discussions) and outdoor (Salt visits) activities. The team comes together every for their morning and personal devotion.
During the community visit the team alongside the community facilitation team identified concern such as;
After four weeks of the process proper, The Salvation Army Territorial Leaders, Community Leaders, District leaders, members of the community and church leaders came together for the one week Debrief. During the debrief, an overview of the frontier process was carried out, for the leaders to know what happened in the Frontier.