At 6:40, we all got up to pack our things and prepare for a final presentation.
We gathered at the dining room to create graphs and charts, taking us perhaps an hour or so to complete. All of this data we would present was collected from surveys and observations.
The presentation took place at 9 inside the community church. It was pretty, with white tile floors, green painted walls, and flowers hanging from the ceiling. It was also very hot. The health promoters were our audience.
Like before, everyone discussed a portion of the results. One person, for example, would explain how frequently filters were cleaned while another would mention the percentage of locals who were educated on water sanitation. And there were some good results; The majority of locals clean their filters with clean water and more than half have participated in charlas (talks) about water sanitation and hygiene. But the data itself wouldn’t stand alone; application of this information is just as important.
Another important aspect of this presentation was epistemology; How locals apply the information they receive. A good example of this would be waste disposal. People with waste in their yards either burn their trash to throw it out. However, the majority burn it and don’t want to change it. In order to motivate people to throw their trash in the can, a charla may not be sufficient enough to influence behaviors. But perhaps using strategies such as show-and-tell and activities that engage the audience more likely influences their behavior.
The presentation lasted for two hours until 11:30. We left Banco de Siquia shortly after with Jose and his family. They were dropped off in El Ayote and we stopped to eat lunch at a restaurant nearby. On the menu was some seafood with rice,veggies, and plantains. I was so happy to be able to eat fish again.
By 8 pm, we arrived in Managua stuck in some traffic on the way.
Later that night, we rode taxis over to a pizzeria. It was the last supper, as some of our travel buddies would leave us the next day. So we socialized for a good while. I then talked to Helen, who was an AMOS staff leader working with children. And without a doubt she loves kids. We talked about how there were a lot of kids in El Bambu, while in Banco there were at least a few.