The Finnish Association of the Deaf (FAD) has been a funder of the Maryknoll Deaf Development Programme from the very beginning in 1997. Each year a representative of FAD comes to review the plan of action and budget from the previous year and to plan ahead. Ms. Johanna Karinen is now the project coordinator for FAD and she arrived yesterday. Today we began our meetings at the DDP office in Phnom Penh.
Today was the second day of the Annual Negotiations Meeting and we got into discussion of the logframe analysis and the activity timeline, documents that funders require to insure that their funds are being well spent.
Today, the third full day of Johanna Karinen’s visit to DDP, was spent away from the DDP office which was closed for Women’s Day.
Today, the fourth day of the Annual Negotiations Meeting, wasn’t all spent around the meeting table. A lot of the morning was spent videoing people and places of DDP for seven short videos that FAD is producing about DDP and about FAD’s work here. Then late in the morning and through the afternoon we got back to the table.
Today Johanna Karinen had a series of meetings with individuals but the rest of us were a little freer on this last full day of the Annual Negotiations Meetings with the Finnish Association of the Deaf.
Today was Johanna’s final day in Cambodia. She did some work in the morning, went to the Russian Market for gifts for family, and then came to the Deaf Development Programme office where local people deaf people had a morning of activities and chatting. Then she ate lunch with Charlie Dittmeier and Keat Sokly, and then went to the hotel to change clothes and head to the airport.
Kalle returned from Kampong Cham Province yesterday evening and spent today filming with the larger deaf community gathered for football at a sports club and then for socializing at the Deaf Community Center.