Blogs from Greater Accra, Ghana, Africa


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 March 30th 2015

(by guest bloggers Kit Rawson and Kathy Thornburgh) Time has flown by, and now it is hard to believe that we will be flying out of Accra on this evening's flight to Amsterdam. It has been such a great time for us, seeing Laurel after 9 months, meeting so many of her friends here, and learning about all the wonderful places where she and the other volunteers are working. Laurel really put together a great tour of Ghana for us. Hopefully a lot of the great times have been well captured in these blog posts, but of course there was much more than we were able to talk about here. We came back from the north a few days ago. We stayed in Laurel's neighborhood, returned to a few places (orphange, Art Market) and saw a ... read more
Laurel showing us where ne of th temporary clssrooms is set up at the fishing village
High jumping at the orphanage
Oven of termite mound mud for making glass beads

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie March 15th 2015

We are visiting our daughter, Laurel, in Ghana for three weeks. If anyone subscribing to this is interested in reading about what we are up to, please check out Laurel's travel blog at . We will be posting updates of our travels there, as able.... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra March 14th 2015

(by guest blogger, Kit Rawson) Kathy and I (a.k.a. Laurel's parents) arrived at the Kotoka Iternational Airport Tuesday noon after nearly 24 hours' travel from our home in Mount Vernon, Washington. As far as travel from the Pacfic Northwest to West Africa goes, this is as good as it gets. So, we had no compaints but were beat nonetheless. Upon stepping out of the customs area into the outdoors we were hit with a huge wave of equatorial heat and humidity and then, less than a minute later, with huge hugs from Laurel who had stepped through the shouting and sign waving crownd to greet us. It was agreat reunion for all of us after 9 months apart. Laurel had hired a taxi driven by her friend, Phil, who lives in the neighborhood near the Dream ... read more
Our arrival at the DACF Volunteer House
Kathy and kids at the orphanage
Laurel and Kit at local hangout

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

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra March 1st 2015

February 27, 2015 Life in Ghana can be very difficult at times. First of all, you never know when or for how long you’ll have power. When I first arrived it was during a 36 hour power cut, but at that time Jamal was living in the house and we had a generator so it wasn’t too bad. When Jamal moved into his new apartment, which is still near the house, he took the generator with him. When the power goes out everything is out, Wi-Fi included. No TV and no internet. It’s at times like that when you realize how addicted you are to your devices. Volunteers have talked about it and we’ve agreed that if the internet was turned off in Western countries they wouldn’t be able to function. I have come to love ... read more
Cephas clowning in the Kitchen
Danny, Ema, Me, and Patty

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

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