Today was a good day. First off, I got invited to my second office birthday celebration, which always makes me feel at home in a work place. Second, I got to try Adobo (a special marinade for Filippino method of cooking meat) pizza for the birthday. It was delicious!
The aforementioned items are just the little day-to-day things that make life feel comfortable here but on a larger scale, what does a good day look like as a new Kiva Fellow in the Philippines? Each day, so far is a day of discovery but in all honesty, some are better than others. The reason today was good was because of the small moments like Adobo birthday pizza but because I got a small glimpse at the potential fruits of my labor here.
I will start with a story about sustainability. Both the NGO I am working with (Center for Community Transformation) and Kiva has stated values that included implementing changes and activities that are sustainable for the organization after a fellow leaves. Even though I am a brand new fellow, I got my chance, a week into my time here, to present a training to various CCT staff. I covered various topics from photography, camera maintenance, and sharing the compelling stories of our borrowers. At this training, I shared the stage with my new partner (and Kiva coordinator) Edwin. All together the training went well and according to those who attended, I did not talk too fast and everyone could understand me (this has not always been the case as often default into hyper speech 😉 ).
Those were the details that really just set the stage for the cool moment. After that training, Edwin and I got to complete the same training today, to other CCT employees who could not attend the other training. As Edwin and I walked up to the training, he turned to me and asked if I could take over part of the training I had previously completed. Excited, that he wanted to take on the challenge, I happily agreed. Over the next hour, I got to sit back and watch Edwin, beautifully present all the aspects of my presentation and as well as inspire his crew by sharing the benefits of partnering with Kiva.
Now, I have to give credit where credit is due and say that I have already seen Edwin’s work and other presentations, and him and the CCT crew do a beautiful job at doing presentations. But, I also have to say that it was a really great feeling to see collaboration happen and to know that the fruits of the labor will be sustained in the future.