THEY SAY THE DAY BEGINS WHEN THE ROOSTER CROWS. WE QUICKLY LEARNED ON DAY TWO OF OUR TIME IN THIOTTE HOW TRUE THAT SENTIMENT IS…SOME EARLIER THAN OTHERS!

We woke ready to truly watch the purpose of our journey unfold as we started the trek back to Mapou. While we spent some time in the village on Monday, today would afford us the opportunity to “fully immerse” in our mission. Medical clinic support for some, and for others (myself included), a day of leadership training alongside the Mapou Federation (which had first come together on last year’s trek).
Arriving at the Mapou school yard, our Medical & Federation hub for the week, we found both a group of those eager for medical aid as well as another group waiting for us. We quickly identify them as members of the Federation. We learn that among them are the local principal, a priest, government and mayoral ambassadors, and a youth ambassador, among others.
Sterling, our engaging leadership trainer, brought us together along with Heart to Heart International leader Josue to begin. The topic of the day? Resources. How do you define, identify, and take advantage of what is available to you? While Sterling begins by speaking in generalizations, it is clear the purpose is for those in the room to identify more specifically what the resources of Mapou are. And in doing so, the Federation itself may help to clearly define to what sources of Mapou the community should focus their energy.
Having spent a good hour in split groups, we learned what the local populations consider to be local resources. Answers ranged from fruit, the sea, animals, professionals, the health clinic (with the help of Marie Aline), and the land. But how to capitalize appropriately? Where lies the need? Proper tools, proper training, and the care to continue capitalizing appropriately stood out.
The question for us then becomes…where do we aid? How do we best use our resources in order to enable them to have success with their resources? Questions we hope to investigate more in our remaining days, but ones we are also sure to bring back with us.

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