Quite sad to be leaving as the purple haze of the jacarandas is just starting to show and I think they are one of the most wonderful sights you can see anywhere. But time is up and the scheduled trainings all completed. The RMHN students were a lively crowd and entered enthusiastically into the training. The 3 Trainers Trainers also gave it their all so I had a very easy time by enlarge. I managed to catch up with a lot of the senior staff at Chainama to get their views on how the practice of TA might be supported within the Hospital and got some interesting ideas which will be passed on.
We also managed another meeting of the ZTrainers group though not everyone was able at short notice but the Group is strengthening its roles and taking on some of the negotiating to be done with places where training might be wanted. It is great to have 7 already to go. So we are well into our Capacity Building year and making good progress!
Lesley plans to be out here in November to work alongside Margarate to build on the contacts already made.
After a fascinating visit to Dar es Salaam I am back to Lusaka to undertake 2 training blocks for the RMHNs from Chainama College. The plan is to use this opportunity for 3 more ZTrainers to complete their certification. At Muhumbili
in Dar I was lucky enough to be hosted by Paola Luzzatto and her husband Lucio who are based there at the moment. Paola is a very experienced art therapist and it was fascinating to be allowed to see her training programme there in Open Studio Practice.
I was able to present our work and to run a couple of workshops. There is a lot of really interesting work going on. I did mange a weekend on the wonderful Zanzibar and then to complete the trip came back on the Tazara train. An amazing journey but unfortunately this time instead of 2 days it took 3! Meaning I had to rapidly appeal to my colleagues here to do some timetable shifting! Today is a holiday so I am just gearing myself up for the next few weeks.
Back home my colleagues have been meeting to feedback from the July trip, to catch up on where the Capacity Building programme has got to and to coordinate the plans for the next stage. A lot of work has been done with the help of our Alliance Mentor to develop our Strategic plan and clarify our roles.