Saturday, June 11, 2011

Arrival in Patriensa!

After an early start this morning, the team headed to the village Patriensa from Accra. Upon arrival, we were greeted at the guest housing accommodations by Pastor Kofi, community leader and pastor of the local church, along with the kontihene, the right-hand man to the Chief. Our first view of the village started with a tour of the future site of Patriensa Pure, PUC Ghana Sachet team future facility for the production of sachet water and the repurposing of sachet bags. We also toured both sawmills in town, where we were pleasantly surprised with quantity and quality of sawdust and tools available.

The most interesting part of the day came upon meeting the Chief of the Patriensa area. At the chief’s palace, we were greeted by an assortment of sub-chiefs in colorful Ghanaian clothing. We were very warmly welcomed, and sat in on the traditional council meeting. Fruitlessly, we tried to catch bits and pieces of the local dialect, but to no avail. Pastor Kofi, fortunately, was there to translate for the team. After formally presenting our project to the Chief through Pastor Kofi and the Linguist, we said our goodbyes to the incredibly friendly Chief, and made our way back home. Full of freshly cooked rice and chicken, we began our night’s group meeting. Overall, a very promising day for the success of the project and a renewed zeal to begin work early in the moring.

-Sam and Kykta
The PUC team in the cheif's court.

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