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Africa » Ghana » Ashanti July 11th 2010

July 10, 2010 Today was awesome AND uncomfortable. First we went to the Kumasi Cultural Center, which I loved. A wedding was taking place in its outdoor theater area, but I peeked through the holes in the block wall design. Again, people in Ghana know how to dress. They do not put their fabric and seamstresses to waste. They also know how to appreciate their families. It’s such a respectful culture, beyond what we’re used to in the states. The wedding, however, was not the highlight. The cultural center is a small park with studios and vendors. Lizards of all shapes, sizes and colors dart all over the place, beautiful calabash trees and other ones I don’t know the names of shade a paved path, adults and children work, eat and play --- sometimes ‘inviting’ you ... read more
My favorite artist
Get it girl
Beading it

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti July 10th 2010

Wow, before we know it July will be over! Lisa will return to her family in the US and Ghanaian children will be on “summer holiday” for a month. Time just keeps moving on doesn’t it. It seems Kirk and I have an every growing household. In the family, we have the two boys that many of you know. In addition there are three girls who are former students from Apebouso. In the past months we have added Abigail. This was a temporary arrangement until her parents could meet and sort themselves out. It's looking more permanent as each day passes. Kirk and I have known Abigail since she was a little girl. She and her brother Kwame would visit us when they spent school holidays with family in our village of Fenaso. Abigail is now ... read more
Just a Peek
Town House

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti July 10th 2010

July 9, 2010 Kumasi is the cultural capital of Ghana. It is also the capital of the Asanti region. I love it here sooooo much more than Accra. It’s about a 5 hour drive from Accra --- not because of distance but because of construction and traffic --- and it feels like a different country. Accra is all hustle and bustle --- except when you’re waiting for something to get fixed. It’s concrete and wide-open street gutters and lots and lots of traffic. That exists in Kumasi too, but it’s a nicer hustle. We drove through beautiful countryside to get here --- plantations, mountains, narrow villages with palm nuts roasting in the sun and freshly-baked bread loaves waiting to be sold. The city is within a rainforest, so there’s a lot of green and more livestock. ... read more
Head luggage
Fish anyone?
Fabric tower

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti July 9th 2010

July 7, 2010 We’re on our way to Kumasi, which gives me plenty of time to process all that we have done and seen. We’re all having our own experiences and lessons learned, but the one we all share is the constant realignment of our expectations to Ghana reality. • Take for example a construction zone. Now, back home there are rules and a certain --- even if it’s slow and inconvenient --- order. There’s order here, but it’s called chaos. Don’t even bother thinking that the driver won’t go there because there’s just no way, because I guarantee he will cure your constipation and do just that. • A highway is not a minimum of four lanes (two for each direction) and smooth and tarred. It might be in some spots, but then you’re right ... read more
Capt Ghana
Paul in the crowd

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti June 27th 2010

A truant teacher; ant attacks, lights out and lots of noise, pretty much sums up our week in the village of Apebouso. A Truant Teacher: Due to a family emergency our head teacher, Madam Hannah, was absent for the entire week. Not problem, Lisa and I adjusted our teaching schedules to accommodate the situation. Lisa took control of our (hour long) morning worship each day. She and I divided the classes between us for the remaining hours of the school days. Ant Attacks and Lights Out: As the week played on we lived our nights in darkness as solar power systems in both the house AND school failed us. Thankfully we have flashlights and good old kerosene lanterns for such a time as this. During Tuesday nights “darkness” the house was attacked by an army battalion ... read more
Beautiful Bella
Striking Up the Band

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi June 22nd 2010

Sunday June 20: Ghana Today I had the chance to make my own batik t-shirt. Batik is a way to make designs on fabric and dye it many different colors by using wax. The group only had enough time to dye the t-shirts one color so I did a gold but my artistic skills were lacking on the t-shirt design. I don’t know if I will wear the shirt but it was really awesome to see the process of this fabric dying. After that we went to a kente weaving shop to watch and try to weave some. Kente is a type of weaving done in Ghana that takes a lot of time and patience. I got to try and weave some and it is physically tiring because not only did I have to use my ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti June 20th 2010

I’d like to introduce Lisa Seifert. She is a Head Start teacher from Minnesota. A trip to Africa has been her dream for many years. We are thrilled to have her teaching at Child of Excellence Primary School until the end of July. I have asked Lisa to write the blog entries during her stay as she will have a “fresh perspective” on this life and culture. Christine My African Adventure: The town of Dunkwa had many new sights for me. From the way stores look to what you find inside. The greetings and smiles you pass in town are so genuine and authentic. A few days after my arrival I visited two villages. Coming from America this was an amazing eye-opener of how much we have and what we consider necessities. Village people live without ... read more
Snail Paced Studies
Singing in the Rain

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri May 24th 2010

5/23/10 A thousand apologies. I know it’s been a really long time since I posted last, and my only excuse is that I’m getting lazy in my old age. Here is a quick rundown of what has happened since I last wrote. We had end of term exams, my parents came to visit, there was an all volunteer conference, it was my birthday, I had my close of service conference, chose my COS date (my last day as a Peace Corps Volunteer), started the third and final term of school, my project to put bars over the windows and doors of the computer lab is almost finished, and we’ve been frantically planning for the STARS conference next week. I could leave it there, but I think I’ll elaborate a little bit more on some of the ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi April 11th 2010

I’ve now arrived safely back at home, making this the final entry on my Ghana travel blog. Week 9 was spent in the village of Apemanim, working with the village chief (Nana) to establish health priorities. The community has a population of about 300, of which at least half is composed of children. We were divided into 3 groups to explore different sectors of the population - maternal health, pediatrics, and geriatrics. I was assigned to the maternal group, and had the chance to speak with local mothers and traditional birth attendants. One obvious problem was that the nearest clinic was 8km away, with very few vehicles available. As a result, many women were not receiving prenatal care and most were delivering at home with a birth attendant. While the major goal of our time in ... read more
Preparing the clinic
The roof in Larabanga (the door you see below is the outhouse!)
The elephants!

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri March 13th 2010

3/12/10 Lately I’ve been slacking when it comes to updating my blog, and as a result I have also been slacking on my responsibility as a Peace Corps Volunteer to achieve the third goal of the Peace Corps. For that I am sorry. Most of you probably don’t know this, but when the Peace Corps Act was passed in 1961 it outlined three goals for the Peace Corps, and these three goals are: 1. To help people of interested countries meet their need for trained men and women. 2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served. 3. To help promote a better understanding of other people on the part of Americans. In other words, it is my responsibility to share my experiences in Ghana with Americans back home ... read more

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