I am constantly amazed by the enthusiasm we at Playing to Live! receive from our partners here and in Liberia. In my studies in Public Health, we receive warnings that communities may be resistant to what we are bringing. There is a fear that the programming and training is only geared towards western ideals.
Before we start any training, we sit down with our cultural liaisons and ask them to work with us to adapt our programming and training to match it with the ideals and language of the community.
Even then we ended up having a discussion today about how our training will need to once again be adapted when we move it from urban Pretoria to rural South Africa. One of our participants spoke about how certain words and explanations would not translate well in a rural setting. This type of critique is very exciting because it shows us that we are building an empowering space for the communities we work with to take ownership over our work! We have invited her and others to meet with us after the 3 week holiday program to address how to adapt and build.
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