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Monday, June 11th.
Shreyas and Ila did a fantastic job managing time and being adaptable at our ESSS workshop (stress management, similar to last week’s WIN workshop) today! We began the day planning (reviewing ESSS and WIN, planning for SDPY), went to ESSS, had dinner at Sutra (the restaurant with Indian-Mexican fusion cuisine), and after printing out materials for lesson facilitation had a lip sync battle hosted by Shreyas and Ila (Arjun Aleah Phoebe Damilola and I had Bohemian Rhapsody and won, which was great). After that I did our weekly leader hand-off paper with Arjun, talked with him and then Ila, and then talked to Grace—excited for tomorrow’s activities! Haven’t been feeling too well recently—car is giving me nausea, but hopefully that can be amended soon.

Tuesday, June 12th.

WIN this morning was great—the art/music workshop is always a hit, and we’re becoming much more cohesive and aware of time management as a group. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling well enough to go to the mental/emotional health ESSS workshop today—I had helped plan the emotional health discussion, but I am sure the others did a fantastic job carrying that out. We’re planning on sharing our life shields as a group this week (life shields meaning our lives past present and future as well as things that have shaped up as people) which should be really cool—excited to get to start the SDPY curriculum tomorrow! Hoping I start to feel better soon. We also had a bhangra workshop with Shreyas!

Wednesday, June 13th.

We figured out the Chicken Dosa game! We started the day planning for SDPY days 1 and 2 (and had icebreakers today, in which I worked with Shreyas and Jacob in a group of boys). We returned to plan for SDPY day 2, had appam for dinner (as fantastic as masala dosa), played Chicken Dosa and another rhythm game, and ended the night playing Mafia with about half the group—very excited to return to SDPY tomorrow and begin working on project material!!

Thursday, June 14th.

Day 2 at SDPY! We began the day working at Chullickal, where we got to spend one on one time with some of the women and teach them greater typing literacy. We went over basic Microsoft Word usage and formatting (with an extra computer, thankfully) and then headed to SDPY to play Chicken Dosa (which went very well) and have a discussion / word cloud on gender equality (which went well, though we discovered a small language barrier and that we need to be spending more time on discussions like those). After debrief was dinner by Arjun and Anne the hydration chefs (FANTASTIC ramen, eggs, and ice cream!!), a couple games of Mafia, and then the daily episodes of Westworld (today’s apparently the season finale, though the show’s generally too creepy for me). Excited for weekly leader weekly review tomorrow and a more relaxed weekend (and of course next week’s partner work).