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Africa » Ghana » Volta » Ho April 13th 2010

We got to the beach by lunch time on Saturday after quite a quick journey (only 6hrs). Kokrobite fitted the description in the travel guide well, of being a relaxing beach resort full of volunteers wanting some r&r. We wandered around a little while trying to find a hotel to stay in as we had not booked one before we left. It was easy enough to find one as there was a hotel every 2 meters! After checking in and deciding that Fuzzy could sleep on the mattress on the floor we went to an Italian resuartant for lunch and had a lush pinapple pizza. After lunch we headed for the beach. All along the sand are little shops selling souveneers so we ended up doing quite a lot of shopping! I am now the owner ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Volta » Ho April 1st 2010

Ok its been a while again.... School: the Children are so sweet! most of them are really nice and friendly but they know we wouldn't cain them so they run circles around us! We have discovered if we threaten to sen them to Master they hush up quite quick! Although it didn't work when he went away for the afternoon..... Harriet and I are usually paired together and we start each lesson constructively but it does deteriorate into just playing and messing about! We've taught in P6,5,3,2 and 1at different times that is! At least one teacher doen't turn up everyday resulting in us taking their place but we have no clue what subject we're actually covering or how many children there are, what equipment they have and to what standard they understand English. When I ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Volta » Ho March 29th 2010

So we've been in Ho for a few days now... So here's a quick update! We got here on a very long tro-tro ride, there was a lot of traffic as supposedly friday's are funeral/wedding days so everyone goes off to celebrate (yes they celebrate funerals as well! lots of music to cheer up the family of the bereaved!). The tro was amazing though, air con! its took a good 3-4 hours but when we got to the house we were so relieved! its pretty amazing! Bunk beds, fans, a fridge, tv, stereo, loads of books, 2 showers, 2 toilets and a kitchen! couldn't wish for more! Satturday we went for a tour of the town, which i a little small but has plenty of bars and restaurants! Saturday night we went out with the crew. ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Volta February 14th 2010

Jan 31st: Travel day to Kpando: all of the coaches met their respective drivers at 8:00am. Joshua will be driving Laurie and me for the next two weeks. We left Accra around 8:30am and arrived in Kpando around 11:30am. Our hotel was not ready until 4:00pm. The CU Manager met us and then took us to Roses’ Restaurant. The restaurant was in a back alley at the back of a building. Laurie’s comment later was ‘where the heck are we going?’. Anyway, it was air-conditioned. The menu looked quite full with a good variety. I asked for the pizza ... not available, the burger ... not available. I then asked what was available ... fish, chicken, rice only. For the next three days I had fish (tilapia) and rice. There was a Nigerian soap opera on ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Volta February 14th 2010

Feb 3rd: We traveled to Hohoe from Kpando and arrived there at the credit union around noon. This place is about half of the size of the Kpando operation. It is located on the second floor at the back of a building. We had to follow a dirt path to the rear of the building and then climb a flight of stairs to reach the CU office. We met the manager, Mr. Moses and briefly chatted about his CU. They have about 600 members and use 10 runners to collect cash from market workers. Hey have no computers but are planning to acquire one in May/10. Following the meeting with the manager we went to our hotel (Matvin Gardens). It is clean but no towels, no soap, no toilet paper (30 ceded/night). Interestingly the girl at ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Volta February 14th 2010

Day 12, Saturday, Feb 6 Well the bowel drought ended with a vengeance today. I have had three bouts of explosions. All controlled, thank God. We went to Wli Falls (highest in West Africa) and then to Gemi Mountain (highest in West Africa at 890 meters). I took an immodium in the morning and could not do the climb all the way up. I had to use an outdoor toilet at the mountain. At Wli we meet several ‘yea vu nonn’ (white people) from Europe and the US. One girl, Donna (UK) is working in an orphanage. She said the kids live in horrible conditions and the thing that surprised her is that over time you come to look at their conditions as ‘normal’. She said when she arrived she saw a bunch of kids scrapping ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Volta February 14th 2010

Day 16, Wednesday, Feb 10 Today I feel completely recovered. It feels WONDERFUL to have bowels that are behaving themselves. I actually had an omelette for breakfast. We drove to the ‘Slave Castle’ at Kita this morning. As you drive from Akatsi to the coast the land becomes much lusher. The area looks greener and fertile. There are farms (shallots, cassava, mangoes, etc, etc) everywhere. As well, salt ponds flourish just inland from the sea. The people are relatively well off compared to the rest of the country with activities centred on fishing and agriculture. The castle is in front of an expansive beautiful beach. It was built by the Dutch in 1784. The whole thing has an air of sadness about. The unimaginable horrors that took place here probably can’t be captured in descriptive narratives ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Volta February 14th 2010

Day 14,Monday, Feb 8 I woke up feeling a bit better. For breakfast I had coffee and toast. I could have easily skipped eating but felt that would not be wise. We arrived at the credit union around 8:30. This, by far, is the biggest building we have visited. The credit union floor space itself could have housed 4 to 5 of the credit unions we have visited. They even put us in a separate room with a desk in it. All that being said, the credit union only has about 480 members. The difference here is that it is very well run. Where the first CU had 20% loan delinquency and the second a whopping 70%, this one has virtually none. The end result, they have money to spend on premises and computers. Because the ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Volta February 14th 2010

Day 16, Wednesday, Feb 10 Today I feel completely recovered. It feels WONDERFUL to have bowels that are behaving themselves. I actually had an omelette for breakfast. We drove to the ‘Slave Castle’ at Kita this morning. As you drive from Akatsi to the coast the land becomes much lusher. The area looks greener and fertile. There are farms (shallots, cassava, mangoes, etc, etc) everywhere. As well, salt ponds flourish just inland from the sea. The people are relatively well off compared to the rest of the country with activities centred on fishing and agriculture. The castle is in front of an expansive beautiful beach. It was built by the Dutch in 1784. The whole thing has an air of sadness about. The unimaginable horrors that took place here probably can’t be captured in descriptive narratives ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Volta October 19th 2009

Tonight the orphanage will be having a welcome party for me. Apparently I’m the first ever black volunteer they have every had . It has confused the children so much . They are baffled that there are black people who are classified as African descend living in different parts of the world .I have been told I will have to explain to the them the history of slavery and transportation of black people worldwide . lol I think when they think of black people they think of Ghanaian s , Nigerians and other African domination but the Caribbean/ west Indies is now a new place on the map for them . Explaining this one is going to be an interesting . hehehe I will upload pictures soon , it takes so long . But i ... read more




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