Monday, 13 March 2017

Exposition Event at Sabou

Theatre discussion forum with the public.

On Saturday morning we arrived at the office bright and early. After waiting for both volunteers and association members to arrive from all corners of Koudougou, we strapped their wheelchairs to the roof and piled into the minivan, ready to head to Sabou. En route we sang the ASK anthem along with other Burkinabe favourites to get us in the mood for what we knew would be a successful day.

Within 40 minutes, we arrived in high spirits at our destination and straight away got stuck into the inclusive sport sessions. We started off with a demonstration of Blind ball, Blind running and Injured soldier with our volunteers initially acting as participants, capturing the attention of the spectators around us. Luckily, it did the trick and managed to reel in both school students and children living nearby. By the end of our sports session and the beginning of our awareness discussion, we had accumulated over 300 children and young people within our audience ! Now if that isn’t a successful awareness session then I don’t know what is.

Torball session with the public. 

After our inclusive sports session, we went to explore the exhibition. This was being showcased by members of our disabled associations from Sabou and Koudougou, all of whom were very proud to show off their work! It was a lively event with an array of interesting products on display, some of which (bronze ornaments) were snapped up by our volunteers. Meanwhile, other members arrived with their work equipment such as weaving poles and fence makers. We were lucky enough to witness a demonstration of traditional weaving involving Rasmata, one of our National volunteers. We were able to soak up the atmosphere with a local Burkinabe DJ keeping the crowd entertained and in high spirits with some rockin' African beats. Whilst the exhibition took place, we warmed up the crowd with a few games of blindball using children from the crowd as participators. The aim of showing this sport was to highlight that those with sensory disabilities such as blindness can still play and enjoy sport competitively without their disability getting in the way.

Rasmata, our national volunteer trying her hand at traditional weaving. 

Exposition of association's products.

The climax of the day followed with the theatre play presented by the professional Theatre group of Koudougou. The play followed the story of a deaf child whose father mistreated him as a result of his disability. By the end of the play, we see the perceptions of his father change as he encounters others with disabilities who have been successful in life. The family start to better understand, listen and support their son. The overarching message we wanted to highlight was that disabled people can achieve the same as everybody else and that they must be given equal opportunities to succeed.

We all agreed that the play was a blinding success with over 300 spectators giving a raptous round of applause. The message of the play was further reinforced by a discussion forum hosted by the theatre group during which they invited members of the public to reflect on the play, asking for their opinions on different characters. It was also a great opportunity for some of our associations to share their experiences and to make the audience aware of some of the difficulties that they face. For the volunteers, this event really brought home just how important our work is and just how effective these awareness raising sessions truly are.

After a successful fair event we rounded off the day by visiting the 'campement' in Sabou where we were invited to share a drink with our association members from Sabou and Koudougou to celebrate a successful days work.

Well done Team! ūüėä

Written by Natonia Ennis, edited by Callum Kennedy.

La version francaise 

La partie discussion du th√©√Ętre avec le public

Cette journ√©e du 04 mars √† Sabou a √©t√© une tr√®s belle journ√©e, charg√©e mais p√©trie d’exp√©rience pour nous TEAM ASK. Nous sommes arriv√©s √† Sabou aux environ de 9h au si√®ge de l’association WEND KUNI le pr√©sident et certain membres nous attendait pour le d√©but des activit√©s.

Nous avons √©t√© accompagn√©s par deux agents de la s√©curit√© sur le terrain pour la session sportive. Une fois sur le terrain, nous trouv√Ęmes une foule immense qui nous attendait pour d√©buter cette session sportive qui initialement devait commencer par le handibasket avec l’√©quipe Handibasket de KOUDOUGOU, mais comme le terrain n’√©tait pas adapt√©, nous avons par finir fait uniquement du sport inclusif. Les participants ont √©t√© tr√®s actives pendants ces moments qui ont pris fin par une courte discussion vers 11h.

Session de Torball avec le public.  

Il √©tait 11h et quart quand nous embarqu√Ęmes, avec des cris de joie, des chants comme << ask, m yam l√† m wiisi, ask, m yam l√† m la>>, la police nous escortant jusqu’au lieu de la foire. Arriv√©s au lieu de la foire, les exposants √©taient d√©j√† sur la place avec leur savoir faire, pendant que nous visitions les stands certains exposants faisaient des d√©monstrations sur place et nous avons vraiment √©t√© √©pat√©s. Apres cela le pr√©sident des handicap√©s visuels Mr ZONGO Ciby, lui-m√™me artiste musicien nous a fait √©couter de la bonne musique, suivit d’un cour moment de com√©die avec le pr√©sident de la coordination personnes handicap√©s de Koudougou Mr YAMEOGO Paul avec d’autres membres de l’association, pendant que le groupe th√©√Ętrale se mettait en place.

Rasmata, une des volontaires nationaux en train d'apprendre le tissage. 

A 14h 30 le groupe th√©√Ętral commen√ßa par ambiancer le coin avec des pas de danses avant de commencer le th√©√Ętre, tant attendu par le public. Apres le th√©√Ętre, nous n’avions qu’un cour moment de discutions parce que le th√©√Ętre avait d√©j√† abord√© tout les aspects. Ces merveilleux moments prirent fin par des remerciements des diff√©rentes parties et nous embarqu√Ęmes pour le retour √† Sabou. Sur l’invitation de l’association Wenkuuni a une r√©ception qu’elle a organis√©, nous y sommes all√©s, heureusement c’√©tait au campement et nous avons eu l’occasion de faire un peu du shopping dans les boutiques. Aux environ de 17h 30, nous repr√ģmes la route de Koudougou tous content et heureux. Merveilleux, merveilleux, merveilleux journ√©e √† Sabou et √† la prochaine. 

Ecrit par Rasmata Kanfeogo 


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