Blogs from Ashanti, Ghana, Africa - page 16


Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi September 29th 2008

Preparing to volunteer in Ghana My name is Damien Moran. I am a teacher from Banagher, Co. Offaly, in the heart of Ireland. Currently I am planning on volunteering in Kumasi, Ghana, from early October, 2008. My hope is to find a non-profit placement for 9 months, followed by visiting social activists in North West Africa for 3 months, then returning to Ireland to share my experiences. My Polish girlfriend currently has a placement to work with disabled adults through a European Voluntary Service programme hosted by the Edwenase Rehabilitation Centre in Kumasi, capital of the Ashanti region of Ghana. She begins in October and I plan to spend the time volunteering with her. I have decided to set up this blog as a medium for friends, family and interested cyber-visitors to tune into how these ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti September 29th 2008

“Rain, rain, go away, come again another day!” This has been the rhyme in my head and on the lips of my school children for the past few weeks. The rainy season is upon us in Agogo. The weather brings wet humid rain storms almost every day and of course, mosquitoes. Everyone is concerned that I am going to get malaria and ask me constantly if I am taking my medication and spraying myself. At first, my caretaker thought that all my moles and freckles were in fact mosquito bites. He was quite relieved when I showed him the difference. Along with the mosquitoes, I have also given up the hope of ever having fully dry laundry for the next month or so. We are told that hopefully by November we should be entering the dry ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi September 28th 2008

Hej Alle.. Saa har jeg igen vaeret i Kumasi i weekenden! Kumasi er nok den travleste by jeg nogensinde har vaeret i. I Centrum af byen er der mennesker overalt som skubber og raaber, og det gaelder virkelig om at holde godt fast i sine ting! Jeg fik af vide af mine mor at i December kan man ikke havde en baby paa ryggen, for babyen ville blive slaaet ihjel af alle de mennesker. Hvis man kommer lidt vaek fra centrum er Kumasi en meget hyggelig by. Meget storbys agtigt ligesom Berlin eller Rom. Den her gang var jeg der med Melani, Karoline, Silva og en anden tysk pige som Silva kendte. Vi tog afsted kl. 9 om morgenen, selvom vi var lidt i tvivl om vi sku afsted, for hold kaeft det var daarligt vejr! ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti September 27th 2008

In all my many, miles of travel in Africa/Ghana, I have never been stranded. The Lord has faithfully taken care of me. Now Kirk on the other hand has had enough experience that he’s able to change just about any kind of tire in any kind of situation! He’s a man, in a man’s society. “But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hand; …” Psalms 31:14. Once again the Lord has protected and provided for me. During the months of August and September I put a lot miles on my car. It had some quirky things happening to it at that time. The first time the engine cut off while I was in the middle of a left turn. No problem ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri September 27th 2008

9/27/08 This week I have a pretty good story, but first I’ll give a basic update. The class schedules have finally been finished so I know when I’ll be teaching as soon as the form 1 students arrive at school. I also saw the list of form 1 students that were assigned to Asare Bediako. There are 200 new form 1 students that are supposed to be coming by October 16, but I’m not sure if all of them will end up coming. Apparently the school requested 260 form 1 students. If you count the dinning hall, we only have 11 classrooms plus the computer lab. Each form has 4 classes, and we only have 3 forms this year so that means we need 12 classrooms for every class to have its own. We do have ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi September 26th 2008

Hei Alle..! Nu begynder ting saa smaat at blive dagligdag og jeg har stort set vendt mig til alt!! I hverdagen gaar tiden rigtigt hurtigt, fordi vi bruger stort set alt tid paa at arbejde, men weekenderne snegler sig afsted... derfor er vi noed til at finde paa noget at lave i weekenderne.. I den her weekend tager vi f.eks. til Kumasi igen, og efter det nok ud for at se hvad der egentligt er omkring Mampong. Der skulle vaere nogen vandfald og nogen forskellige specielle landsbyer.! Ellers gaar det godt paa babyhjemmet.. De voksne kan godt lide mig. Eller jeg ved ikke om det er specielt mig de kan lide.. men de voksne kan godt lide os! Naarh... Ellers har jeg lovet at skrive lidt om hvilken by Mampong er. Mampong er en ret stor ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi September 23rd 2008

Hej Alle... Her gaar alt godt! Ja.. eller.. Jeg har en helt vildt soed familie! De er ikke saa gamle, men de er rigtigt soede og giver mig alt hvad jeg vil have.. Jeg er ved at faa et rigtigt godt forhold til min lillebror! Han er rigtig soed.. Min lille soester er stadig paa roevirriterende og roevforkaelet! I gaar tissede hun saa ogsaa lige paa mit haanklaede! Saa kommer man altsaa ikke til at holde mere af hende! Paa boernehjemmet gaar alt godt! De er rigtigt soede babyerne, og de fleste af de store boern.. Jeg var bare lige i Daycare center i dag(Boernehaven) og boernene begyndte at spytte os i hovedet og slaa os.. Og de voksne sad bare paa stole og halvsov.! Jeg gaar aldrig tilbage dertil! Der er kommet en til frivillig ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri September 23rd 2008

9/14/08 It’s time for a little update. All in all, the last week has been pretty boring. I’ve finished making home improvements on my house so I haven’t had anything to do except workout, read, and watch movies. On Friday I woke up to discovery that my fridge wasn’t working, just my luck. I can’t say that I’m surprised that the fridge already broke. I had a bad feeling that this was going to happen and I probably should have just forked over the extra $20 for the nicer Whirlpool fridge I originally wanted to buy. I was already planning on going into Obuasi, where I bought the fridge, on Friday to get some things. I guess it was good timing that my fridge broke before I went to Obuasi to save me an extra trip. ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi September 21st 2008

Hei alle! Saa har jeg vaeret 1 maanede i Ghana, selvom det foeltes som meget meget laengere tid! Wow, det foeltes som en evighed siden at jeg forlod Danmark.. De foerste par uger i Ghana gik egentligt okey.. Jeg var ikke bestemt ked af det, og jeg noed det! Men nu er det bare blevet haardt og surt.. Maaske fordi jeg konstant har meget mere ondt i hovedet, og fordi at jeg ikke har sovet siden sidste Torsdags! Og maaske fordi jeg er halvsyg, og der ikke har vaeret stroem i huset siden i soendags! Men en ting er helt sikkert.. Det er haardt fordi alle folkene raaber Obroni Obroni.. Alle vil snakke med dig, alle vil have man skal komme hen til dem... alle vil giftes med en og alle vil vaere ens "venner". Jeg ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti September 21st 2008

Biblical understanding may be lacking in Africa but they have a better grip and understanding of where “life” comes from. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard an African “blame God” for sickness or accidents. Or even accuse Him of “allowing it to happen”. They have the very basic understanding that we live in a fallen world. Bad things happen and God’s not to blame. They function day to day in the realization that life is fragile. The church I attend on Sundays have 20-30 minutes of open microphone. The focus of this time is “Thanks”. Not just any thanks but giving thanks to God for a particular blessing or recent event. My mind and heart were touched today by two people in particular. Separately they led the congregation in a praise song thanking the Lord for ... read more
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