The last day of planning before any conference begins is always a frenzied one and IDDS 2009 was no exception in this regard. We had to make sure that the participants who had already arrived were settled in well, without forgetting that we have an international development summit beginning tomorrow at 9am! We had a trial run of registration with the few new participants this morning and this happily went off without a hitch A couple of us organized a quick soccer game while Hayley and Jess took them on a tour of the campus and gave them a brief introduction to the local markets, Tech Junction and the Commercial Centre.
Rajnish and Chanchal take some time out during registration
Some of the Indian participants take in the hectic atmosphere of Tech Junction
Shaibu at the commercial centre
Eyes on the prize...
Mid-afternoon we had the arrival of some of our Ghanaian participants. I am fortunate enough to be rooming with Benjamin, a farmer who lives in New Longoro, the village where George Fuachie also comes from. The pastor himself is also in my suite and it was great to see an old friend again. Last summer in MIT we took a walk into town to source a football that George could buy for his son and as soon as he arrived in
A welcome sight for participants after a long plane journey
After a brief check in meeting in the early evening it was time to prepare for the absolute bedlam that would be forty or so participants arriving on the same bus load from
This may have been a little bit overwhelming!
We then set about cooking a meal together, which was a good way to get to know each other. Prince Hormenoo and Joseph Kisyoky soon learned that it would be wise to consign me to simply chopping up vegetables and Prince then set about making some Ghanaian fried rice. Have to hand it to him, he knows his way around the kitchen! I shouldn’t be surprised really, given that he is Crossman’s son, himself a master at preparing Red-Red. Crossman has been involved heavily in IDDS since the very first summit and as such it’s great to see that the wider Hormernoo family are jumping aboard the IDDS bandwagon. The suite I was cooking with also had students from
Twi phrase of the day:
Wofiri he? – Where do you come from?