Blogs from Teshie, Greater Accra, Ghana, Africa

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Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie July 26th 2017

Hey hey! Ik heb al een tijdje niks geschreven en nu ik weer even tijd heb dacht ik dat het wel leuk zou zijn voor de mensen die gedoneerd hebben om te weten wat ik tot nu toe met het geld heb gedaan (en wat ik nog van plan ben te gaan doen). Een paar dagen geleden heb ik samen met een paar andere vrijwilligers ervoor gezorgd dat het weeshuis weer genoeg eten heeft voor een aantal maanden. Zo hebben we bijvoorbeeld rijst, tomaten puree, verse groenten en nog veel meer gekocht. Ook hebben wat frisdrankjes gekocht voor als er iets te vieren is bijvoorbeeld. Ik zal een foto bij dit bericht toevoegen zodat jullie een beetje een idee krijgen van wat ik bedoel. De organisatie en de kinderen zelf waren natuurlijk super blij hiermee, dus ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie July 18th 2017

Afgelopen Zondag heeft papa mij bij het Volunteer house afgezet, waar het nog rustig was omdat de meeste mensen nog weg waren van het weekend uitstapje naar Volta of Cape Coast. Bij aankomst werden mijn koffers meteen door de kinderen van het weeshuis naar mijn kamer gebracht. Ze vinden het super leuk om alleen al te helpen met mijn koffers dragen. Mijn kamer deel ik met 3 anderen, 2 Spaanse meisjes en 1 Amerikaanse. Er zijn hier echt niet normaal veel Spanjaarden, weg zijn met 53 person waarvan 40 personen Spaans zijn. En natuurlijk vormen die een grote groep en praten alleen Spaans met elkaar. Wie had gedacht dat ik mijn Spaans zou verbeteren in Ghana? Het is ook wel een beetje vervelend, omdat het zo lastiger is om mensen te leren kennen. Er waren ook ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie July 17th 2017

Hoi hoi, Even een update over de eerste 5 dagen :) Als eerste wil ik zeggen: WAUW. Wat is dit een gaaf land! De mensen, het weer en natuurlijk het land zelf. Maar laten we eens beginnen met de blog post. -Woensdag 12 Juli- Na een vlucht van 6,5 uur zijn we dan eindelijk aangekomen op de plaats van bestemming: Kotoka International Airport. Ik stap uit her vliegtuig en wordt meteen gegroet door de vochtige warmte van Ghana. Ik vergelijk het maar met een föhn die in je gezicht blaast. Per bus worden we naar de aankomst hal gebracht waar we eerst een drie kwartier moeten wachten voor de paspoort en visum controle. Na deze eindelijk achter de rug te hebben vinden papa en ik onze koffers al redelijk snel en lopen we al snel naar ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie July 9th 2015

Okay, I know I didn't update this blog in my last two months of living in Ghana. For that I'm sorry. I told you that Ghana had problems with electricity, which leads to horrible internet connections. Many of you know I'm now back home in the United States. I arrived 2 weeks ago. Therefore this will be my last post, my musings on life in Ghana. First of all, I never told you just how dirty it is in Ghana. There aren't public trash bins, so people just throw their litter everywhere and anywhere. In my neighborhood there was actually a dump. Well actually it's called a "recycling" center, but there's no recycling at all. Garbage lines the streets, floats in the streams, and fills the obruni traps. It's no wonder why the tap water is ... read more
Garbage embedded in the ground
Litter on the side of the road
The AMA "recycling" center

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie April 17th 2015

April 17, 2015 After living in Ghana for 10 months I’ve met a lot of people and made a lot of friends, especially right in this neighborhood. I’ve mentioned a couple of them over the course of my blog. Adults, children, and even animals. So where do I start? First of all, I told you about Mavis as our “house mother.” However, I never mentioned that she only comes on Saturdays now. After she graduated from university she was required to do a job specific to what she studied (nutrition). Therefore, in October we had to hire a new woman to do her job. Hannah has been here this whole time now. She’s definitely different from Mavis, but she’s nice and sweet. She’s 19, from Tamale, and didn’t go to school, so many of us have ... read more
No longer scared of obruni
Naughty Callie
Sleeping Peace

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie March 14th 2015

(Note, 19 Mar 2015, Kumasi, Ashanti Region) We are travelling to the north now. We have some time and, finally, some internet access today, so I am posting some blogs from the past week. This one is about the beach pcnic for the orphanage kids last Saturday. (by guest blogger Kit Rawson) On Saturday (14-Mar) , the day before we left for our travels around Ghana, Kathy and I had the privilege of attending a beach picnic that the volunteers put on for the orphanage kids a few times a year. The logistics of getting 50+ kids, plus Grandma and the Aunties who run the orphanage, plus 5 volunteers, and two parents of volunteers to the beach, plus beach toys, birthday presents for the kids with February birthdays, water, snacks, and a meal for all are ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie December 30th 2014

December 30, 2014 The year is coming to a close and my time in Ghana is more than half over, so it’s time for a little reflection. Yesterday some of the volunteers were talking about how the year was for us. Some of us said that it had been a hard year, while others said it was one of the best. I was s part of the latter. When I thought about it I realized that 2014 has truly been one of the best years of my life. I have made some amazing changes to my life. So here it goes my year if 2014: I started the year knowing I was going to somewhere in Africa by summer. I had applied to several organizations and got accepted by my top two choices. I ended up ... read more
Lynn, Jacob, and Me at a Mariners game
Ansaa and her balloon
Ajeley with her balloon

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie December 19th 2014

December 19, 2014 This week has been busy. We’re getting ready for the holidays, so we have a lot of cooking and preparations to do. Wednesday and Thursday we made rice and chicken for the children at the Fishing Village and the orphanage. The children loved the food! It’s always great to hear the kids come up and say my belly’s so full. Princess annihilated her chicken and rice, came up to me, and said “Auntie Laurel look at my fat belly.” Our big Christmas project is going to be in the Eastern Region where Dream Africa has a school and clinic. We’re preparing to serve food for over 2,000 people. Next week we’ll be incredibly busy. With Christmas coming up everyone in the house has been waiting for and opening up their Christmas packages from ... read more
Princess showing off her full belly
Ema happy with his food
Ebenezer, Patience, and Mary

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie December 8th 2014

December 8, 2014 Six months in Ghana and I haven’t experienced a week as crazy as last week till last week. First of all, we’ve been trying to fix glitches in our “Save our orphanage” campaign. Then we had an event at the orphanage that resulted in Dream Africa firing a teacher. Then we had some scary, yet what ended up being false, news. Some of the volunteers were taking children to the hospital, and the doctors told them that one of the girls tested HIV positive. She also has a younger brother, so we had to get him tested too. Finally on Friday we found out that neither of them is HIV positive. On top of all of that there are only 10 volunteers in the house, so we’re all stretched thin and taking on ... read more
Delwin aka our host
Irene, Dominika, and Anniek
Scrabble in multiple languages

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie November 28th 2014

November 28, 2014 You would be surprised with how exhausting sitting around waiting at a hospital can be. When the children get really sick the volunteers take them to the hospital. I’ve gone quite a few times already. Unfortunately the children get hurt or sick too often. Today Josephine (from Germany) and I took Ema, my baby, and Cephas. Ema is not yet 3, so he had several tantrums. First time I’ve had a child in public throw a tantrum. It made me wonder if that’s what my parents felt like once. They went yesterday to get blood tests done and they were at the hospital with Anniek (from Holland) all day long. Today we were there for only about 4 and a half hours. I’ve waited for about 6 hours once. That’s just the way ... read more




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