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Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi September 19th 2011

Weekenden 16.-18. september har vi tilbragt ved Lake Bosumtwi en times kørsel sydøst for Kumasi. Vi var så heldige at en PhD-studerende, som Karin kender hjemme fra Aalborg, tilbød at køre os derned. Der ligger en del hoteller langs søbredden og vi havde bestilt et værelse på Rainbow Garden Village som er meget populær blandt vesterlændinge der arbejder frivilligt i landet. Det var skønt at komme lidt væk fra KNUST og Kumasi, hvor der altid er støj. Søen er 25 kvm stor og cirkelrund da den er opstået ved et meteornedslag. Høje bakker omgiver desuden søen, så den ligger meget smukt i en dal. Vejen dertil er dermed også en snoet "bjergvej" og turen er meget smuk. Fra landsbyen Abono, som ligger for enden af den asfalterede vej til søen, er der ca 4 km af ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi September 15th 2011

Fredag d. 9. startede som en rigtig møj-dag. Vi havde en kakerlak på værelset (igen) om morgenen, men fik den da slået ihjel efter en del besvær. Da vi så gik hjemmefra for at komme til forelæsning spillede vagterne fodbold med en levende rotte på trappen, AD! Vores forelæsning blev også noget rod. Hernede har underviseren åbenbart altid ret... Så da hele holdet kom til undervisning kl 8:30, som angivet på skemaet, var underviseren så sur over at vi ikke havde været der kl 8, da han mente vi skulle starte, at nogle studerende måtte gå ind til ham på hans kontor og overtale ham til at komme og undervise os. På vej hjem til Old Brunei var der så også lige en fugl der sked på Birgitte.... Men om eftermiddagen vendte vores held heldigvis. Vi ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi September 9th 2011

Der er allerede gået 4 uger og det er simpelthen for ringe at jeg ikke er kommet igang med dette noget før. Men det er der jo ikke så meget at gøre ved. Der er sket en hel masse! Den første uge boede vi ved en fantastisk sød familie i Accra (hovedstaden). Det var det rene luksus med kokkepige og privatchauffør! Og vi er så heldige at have en stående invitation til at komme "hjem" hvornår det skal være. Hvor heldig kan man være!? Det var rart med en blid introduktion til landet, herunder deres forhold til kirken. Vi tog til KNUST den 19. august. Det tager 6 timer med VIP-busserne som er virkelig behagelige. Vejenes tilstand er knap så behagelig og på en del af strækningen er der slet ikke belægning, så bussen må køre ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi August 3rd 2011

Ok, so I think the first thing I should do is definitely apologise for quite how long it has been since I last put up an entry. It was always going to be a slightly late one due to my trip down to Accra, but unfortunately as soon as I got back the internet was down and then I got Malaria and then I got Dysentery (I'll talk about it all later) and so am actually only just well enough to go into Kumasi to write this. I think with this entry I will go chronologically which means that I will start with work. If I am correct (for some reason I can't read my last entry, the site won't let me) I last wrote when we were still doing the Commonwealth Foundation proposal. That was ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi July 13th 2011

So, I've now changed project and host family. I've moved south by about 10 miles to a small village called Dominase. The house is a 4 roomed house with no running water (the water has to be collected from a well) and the toilet is a hole in the ground outside. Very different from my old house! As for the family, 3 live in the house: Host mother Josephine, Host brother called Richard (3 years old) and Josephine's sister (I think) called Eva. The father is in Accra at the moment trying to get a qualification to allow him to go into the oil industry (he is currently a miner). The new project is also really different. It is far more admin based, as at the moment we are trying to raise funds to enable future ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi July 6th 2011

Hello all, Since my last entry, I don't think you could really say that I have done much to read about, so I will keep this short! On Friday I wandered down to Tom's school to help teach (and indeed to see how the kids there are taught). Personally, I would say that the education is a reason not to bring up a child in Ghana. The teacher didn't really seem to know much about what he was teaching, and didn't really explain anything properly to the students. For example, he was doing a multiplication exercise where he drew a load of boxes on the board (say he would draw 45 boxes, 9 rows and 5 columns) and then would get the child to write 9 x 5 = 45. However, he didn't explain what multiplication ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi June 1st 2011

Sorry it has been a while again, but this weekend didn't involve much traveling so there isn't a huge amount to say. On Thursday, Zufa was sick so we couldn't go to the MHC, however, on Friday we went to both a school and a prison. The school talk was to about 200 kids and apparently they found my accent a tad tricky to understand. It's always really tricky to articulate properly when shouting really slowly to a group of kids who don't have a brilliant grasp of the language, but Zufa translated when necessary. The prison, however, was completely different. We went along to try and organise a time to come in and the warden just said 'Come back at 12pm and they will all be ready,' to our complete surprise. Before I talk about ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti May 29th 2011

My mother came for a visit and got her monies worth in stories to take back home. April seemed to be a month of surprises and shifting sands. I’ll mention just a few. After a night of torrential rains I and three others set out in the wee hours of the morning. We drove through unfamiliar, rural territory, up and down hills on 2 track dirt roads all the while wondering if my SUV was going to make it through the next water logged valley. We were driving for hours through a place with no cars, no houses, no villages, and no phone reception. Why? To make a long story short ... a special girl, in a desperate situation, needed special help. Our efforts paid off and we had a happy ending to a very stressing ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi May 9th 2011

Hello all, Not much to say on this occasion as I haven't really done much since I last posted, but best to post something short before I forget what little has happened/to prevent the next entry being super long again! I'll start with work ... We are actually doing something! Tomorrow we are going to the maternal health centre for the morning/day (I don't think much goes on there in the afternoon) to talk about general health and HIV and then on Wednesday we are going to try out our stall in Achiase! Exciting, no? I'll let you know how they go next time. In other news, I have now moved house. It isn't quite finished yet but has everything I need (bathroom, kitchen, living room and bedroom) and far too many chickens! The chicken point ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi April 28th 2011

Hello to those who are reading this, I guess the last few days haven't been particularly eventful in terms of exciting things to tell you. Regarding the project, we have written letters to the local markets to see if we can set up an HIV stall and we are getting t-shirts made saying 'Ask me about HIV', but that is about it. I think this is probably going to take a while to set up properly as nothing really happens in a hurry here, and we need to send letters, wait for replies etc. Yesterday at the house, Bret's lock broke whilst the bolt was still engaged. Now, Francis (host dad) decided that the way to fix this would be to use his machete. The machete was used as a screw-driver to take the door handle ... read more




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