Blogs from Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana, Africa - page 5


Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra June 29th 2011

This week I think I will start off by talking about work, as it was slightly different this week and I guess I am out here to work after all. So besides the usual giving talks to schools, we also visited 3 HIV patients (and gave them each some money that Louise's friend donated) and did a radio broadcast to the local village. Visiting the HIV patients was very interesting. On the Thursday we visited 2 who lived in the same village - both very poor and living out of 1 room only. One of the patients had had the virus for 8 years and the other 5 and both were struggling to live with it. Neither of them were able to hold down jobs and both relied on children for support. Neither could afford health ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra » Korle Bu June 12th 2011

Arrived in Accra at 1am. Security took about an hour to get through. Then I went to arrivals and met the guy who was taking me to the school, a fella called Christian. He didnt speak great English, and was with 3 other people. We got in a car and headed off. Five minutes after we left the airport a bus in front of us went off the road and crashed into a barrier. It was going about 60mph at the time and the driver had almost gone through the windscreen, completely shattering it. Christian looked at me and said "Your first fatality in Ghana!" and started laughing. Brilliant. Then 10 minutes later we drive into a really busy market. It was like something from District 9. Big fires here and there, people banging on the ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra » Korle Bu June 8th 2011

Hello, This weekend marked Christa's last weekend in Ghana before she leaves (which incidentally is later today,) so naturally we all met up to say goodbye. The original plan was to meet up in Kumasi on Friday to watch the Congo vs Ghana Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and then go down to Accra for the weekend. So, Louise and I went to buy tickets for the game on Thursday - although when we got there we were told that none were sold in advance (which is typical of Ghana really,) so one could call it a bit of a wasted trip. However, as we arrived the Ghana football team were also arriving at the stadium for a press conference. Chaos ensued. As soon as the gates into the stadium opened everybody in the crowd suddenly ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra June 4th 2011

There is something wonderfully terrifying about stepping outside your comfort zone for the first time in your life and thrusting your head above the parapet! Landing in Kotoka Airport,Accra was when I took that plunge. Stepping off the plane into what was my preconceived notion of "Africa". Of course my notions were all wrong and walking from the plane into a clean and orderly airport arrival terminal wasn't nearly as terrifying as I expected as my senses told me rather ignorantly "This is Africa, don't let your guard've seen this place on T.V!" Oh how foolish I feel now. Of course I had read that the relative safety and mostly "developed/Western" facilities (I hate both those phrases) are what lends Ghana its mocking title of "Africa Light".....the diet choice for an "Africa Virgin". The queue ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra » Korle Bu May 24th 2011

Hello everyone, sorry it has been so long since my last entry but I haven't been on the internet for a while! First things first, the wedding reception, which I was about to go to last time I was writing. This was a rather interesting affair, although quite similar to an English one in many ways. It was held in a big hall at a University just on the outskirts of Accra and was a buffet meal with a high table and there were some speeches - so far very English. However, the start time was officially 3:30 and we were some of the first there at 5pm, with guests continually arriving throughout the night. The members who sat at the high table didn't actually know they would be sitting at it until they were called ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra May 21st 2011

Well….today was my first day in Ghana. Got here at 7am Ghana time and have not stopped since. We stopped first at the dress shop to get dresses made for our stay and to bring home as souvenirs. It was really neat and “Mercy” the seamstress can make any dress in any style and fabric you want. We then went out to lunch and I tried a type of fufu (boiled cassava and plantains usually boiled and pounded into a white gooey mush that resembles the glue you used to eat in kindergarten) mine was a variant of fermented maize…yum! After you wash your hands in the bowl of water on the table, you pour the soup and meat over the fufu. You then cut a piece of fufu (with your right hand only) crater it ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra » Korle Bu May 14th 2011

Hey all, I believe I left off last time saying that we were going to kill the chicken, the goat, my host sister was getting married and I actually have work to do! Thus, I start this entry by saying that all of these things have now happened successfully. I didn't see the chicken being killed, but I did see the fact that the eat more or less every part of the chicken (even the head) and the taste of revenge is sweet. It was a very tasty bit of chicken, and Helen's sister cooked (she is an amazing cook!) it with a really nice spicy tomato-y sauce and Fufu. I have to say, the only slight disappointment is how they eat the meat. Because they eat the whole thing they do just hack the chicken ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra April 14th 2011

Hi all, So now I have been in Ghana for 5 days, and I think it would be fair to say that it is a little different. I think the first thing that is notable is definitely the driving. The Ghanaians simply cannot drive. For example, after being met at the airport by the African company taking care of us volunteers (SYTO), the driver proceeded to drive us to our hostel where we are staying here in Accra before we go off to our projects tomorrow. On missing the junction, he thought it sensible to reverse back down the 3 lane highway straight in to another vehicle before proceeding to get out and shout at the other drive in Twi (the local language) that he shouldn't have crashed into him. The next day he decided to ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra April 13th 2011

10 hours - yes 10 hours it took to get from Newmont to Accra, we did stop a couple of times for bush stops and we did collect food once but the roads are so bad here that the journet is so difficult, they are building roads but the road will be finished as and when - its GMT - Ghana Maybe Time. It was today I realised that I love Ghana, we came out of Newmont which I have thoroughly enjoyed but it is like being in a dusty America - there are even lots of white Americans there. If it wasnt for the heat and the heaviest rain ever you could forget you were in Africa. As we popped out of Newmont we saw people selling their fruit and Snails (as big as your ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra April 10th 2011

Throughout my internship in the human rights office, I was responsible for creating skits and posters to demonstrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to children. We went to many presentations at many different schools. Here are a few of the skits and posters that I made. They are simple, but their purpose is to keep the children interested and educated about human rights. SCENARIO 1 Nii is a 10 year old boy who lives in the Teshie district. He lives with his mother and two younger sisters in their family house. Nii’s mother is a fish monger and, as the only male figure in his family, Nii has to work in order to provide for his family. Nii must go out on a fishing boat every morning at 3 am and the boat doesn’t get ... read more
Teaching clapping games to the kids
Helping out during 'creative arts' lessons

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