Feilmeyer May 2009

Name: John Mark Feilmeyer
Post: Tchatchou
Contact: Text 97.95.65.97 or e-mail ten.kramnhoj|fmj#ten.kramnhoj|fmj

Brief Project Description:

On May 22-23 CEG Tchatchou will celebrate The Cultural Days. With my encouragement, students are planning this year’s days around the theme “Chantons au Coeur du Benin pour que Le Trafic Des Enfants S’Arrete.” There will be various cultural activities, but two will focus directly on awareness of the traffic of children. First there will be a colloquium for students of fourth form (3eme), who are preparing for their exams. A university student along with personnel from UNICEF will lead the discussion. In the evening, there will a Talent/Variety Show. Students will dance, sing, lip synch, and perform poetry and prose, some of which will relate to child trafficking. The performances will be interspersed with information given by UNICEF and various skits and poems performed by students and other area artists on the theme.Winners will be awarded prizes. T-shirts will also be sold with the theme stated above, hopefully providing a long lasting visual reminder of the community that Child Trafficking needs to end.

Date of the Project: Friday, May 22nd

Number of People Involved: There are 15 students organizing the event (finding materials for rent, publicity, preparing performance space, etc). There will be about 50 students performing in the event. There will be about 100 3eme students participating in the colloquium. An additional 400-600 students will come to the talent show. 4 teachers are involved in planning the event. 100+ community members may come as well. Total number of participants could be between 600-1000.
Budget:

Item Number Unit Price Cost
Rental of Chairs for community members, and judges 100 50 CFA 5.000 CFA
T-Shirts for Talent Show Winners 6 1.500 CFA 9.000 CFA
Photo Copies for Publicity 20 15 CFA 350 CFA
Large Grain Sacs for Logo Backdrop (to be painted) 2 600 CFA 1.200 CFA
Paint Brushes 2 200 CFA 400 CFA
Sound System Rental 1 day 15.000 CFA 15.000 CFA
Transportation of Ibrahim and another volunteer Corps of Beninese Volunteers, who is helping me with the Child Trafficking Angle 2 round trips 800 CFA 1.600 CFA
Total Cost 32.550 CFA

Amount Requested: 29.550 CFA

Comments

GAD Coordinator: Maximum per t-shirt is 1000 CFA according to GSP rules. Assuming John Mark can provide additinal information about the gender breakdown of participants and organizers, I recommend funding.
GAD Finance: Agreed.
GAD Specialist: Agree. However, I suggest John Mark gets people from the community who will be able to advise on cultural sensitivity of the songs, words of the theatre, etc.

GAD Coordinator Update: Called John Mark on 19/05; he said that he knew the t-shirt funding would be an issue but didn’t know if he should put the full amount in the budget or not (he has already found supplementary funding within the community). Also, he said he would email me the gender breakdown of participants later today. Approved funding of project for 29,550.

People Involved: There are 15 students (4 girls) organizing the event (finding materials for rent, publicity, preparing performance space, etc). There will be about 40 (10 girls) students performing in the event. There will be about 100 (15 girls) 3eme students participating in the colloquium. An additional 400-600 students (150-200 girls) will come to the talent show. 2 teachers (0 women) are involved in planning the event. 100+ community members may come as well. Total number of participants could be between 600-1000.

Closing Report

Number of People Involved:

Subgroup Number Female
Student participants in the spectacle 30 7
Student audience Approx 1000 Approx 400
Teacher participants 1 0
Teacher audience 10 0
Outside participant – Corps des Volontaires Beninoise 1 0
Conference leader – Executive APEM 1 0
Student conference attendees 30 8
Teacher conference attendees 10 0
Parent conference attendees 25 4
Students event organizers 15 5

What Were the Goals/Objectives of This Project? The primary goal was to raise awareness of child trafficking in Benin.

Were Those Goals/Objectives Met? Yes.

What Were the Strengths of This Project? The actual spectacle went well. Student interest was a major strength. They were ready to help me at the snap of a finger. They were eager and excited to help me prepare and to participate in the events of the cultural day. Students showed interest and concern for trafficked children. T-shirts sold very well and will be a lasting reminder of the project goal. The conference was well received and well attended.

What Were the Challenges/Weaknesses of This Project? The school administration was difficult to work with. Few teachers wanted to help. Crowd control was a big problem at the Spectacle, which put the rented sound system and the safety of students (hanging from trees, sitting on 6 foot high walls). Often times I had worked diligently with my students to plan a certain aspect, and the administration wanted to change part or all of it for no particular reason.

Do You Consider This Project Completed? Yes

Budget:

Item Number Cost
Photocopies 10 x 25 cfa 250
Khaki Paper 3 x 75 cfa 225
Markers 2 x 500 cfa 1,000
2 Grain Sacks for Banners 2 x 250 cfa 500
Transport for Ibrahim 2 round trips x 1000 cfa 2,000
Chairs 8 dozen x 700 cfa 5,600
Sound System Rental 1 day x 10,000 cfa 10,000
Total 19,575 CFA

Note: John Mark deposited the remaining 9,975 CFA with the Parakou PCVL.

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