Explain who you are, what you are doing, and why you wish to work with this particular village or district. Don’t hesitate to overdo the greetings, including raising your right hand to your heart, a gesture of affinity and peace. And be prepared to drink lots of tea. Eventually, if you make a positive impact, these will be the people who will watch your back. And you will be surprised how fast word travels.
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