Yes, I do work.
06.21.2006 0 °F
I haven’t written much about work because I’m not really sure what I’m doing. For the first week I did a lot of reading. I came in wanting to be able to help the WFP office in whatever way I could, but it seems that everyone is too busy, or doesn’t speak very much English. Or if they are one of the previous two, they are going on vacation soon. So I am continuing forth with my focus group study.
Iºm trying to organize focus groups for participants of a WFP program that distributes take-home food rations for women that attend prenatal and postpartum health care.
But I feel a bit crazy at times. Today was particularly frustrating. I was told that it wouldn’t be a problem that I didn’t speak Portuguese. But I am finding it to be a problem. The health centers staff speaks only Portuguese. The coordinating WFP staff speak very little English and the same is true for the partner NGO group.
On the plus side, my Portuguese is improving. (But not fast enough) I have to write emails all the time in Portuguese and have to ask someone to edit it to make sure it makes some sort of sense. But I feel like I can only do that for so much longer. As I mentioned before… everyone is pretty busy.
Right now, I’m working on the IRB application to submit by the 28th. Then as long as I get approval on the study on July 12th, I will conduct 8 focus groups; 4 in Luanda and 4 in Huambo, the central highland area. Well, I myself won’t be conducting them. (Back again to the language barrier.) I have arranged for the facilitators to lead the focus groups, but (language barrier) then I need help translating the recordings of the sessions as neither of the facilitators speaks English. That’s where I’m hitting a brick wall at the moment.
But all the action should happen in July, if all goes according to plan. Ha! The simplicity of plans…
I’ll keep you updated.