Connecting local responses around the world
The Guyana Faith-and HIV Coalition along with Group 2 in support of the Community Life Competence process as a mean of stimulating local response and ownership by communities did a workshop with the Miss Guyana African queen Pageant delegates to stimulate their WOT and WOW towards their concerns using their strengths.
In terms of introduction of participants we used “ I am like this food ….. because …..” to stimulate their feelings towards the workshop and helped participants to feel comfortable, relaxed and a part of a community that knows each other. The following exercises were accomplished:
Exercise 1 - Identifying Strengths
Exercise 2 – Dream Building
Exercise 3 – Reflection
There were 12 participants and they were placed into three groups to do this exercise. We did this exercise to help with identify strengths the group as contestants and coordinators might have. Each group selected clippings from old magazines and from a discussion within each group, identify strengths from the clipping. Afterwards the participants discussed as a team if the strengths applied to them in the environment they operated.
Exercise 2 - Dream Building
In this exercise participants did individual as well as group dreams. The basis of the dream was that since this year was earmarked the year of “People of African descent” what will the world be like if ALL that was planned for this year was achieved? Each participant was given a piece of heart shaped paper and asked to describe their individual dream. Having done that, they went back to their respective group and discussed each individual dream which would culminate into a group dream, by integration of the individual dreams. Each group was asked to represent the group dream in a drawing.
The general dream was that: “People of the world unite as one human race and benefit from the resources therein so that ALL peoples live in comfort and dignity.”
In the Reflection, the coordinators express immense appreciation for the SALT visit and indicate that they too benefited from the interaction. They were better able to understand some of the contestants more personally. They foresee better interaction between them as well.