Alanna Russell


Alanna Russell

I am working on a project with Youth Challenge International in Takoradi, Ghana, working to help youth be the change they want to see in their community!

Africa » Ghana » Western » Sekondi-Takoradi November 7th 2012

Hello! It has been a very busy and exciting few months in Takoradi, I have a lot to share so here it goes... Each year on October 15th, over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world; this is Global Handwashing Day. Diarrhea kills more people than AIDS, malaria and measles put together; handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal & acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries. Together, they are responsible for the majority of all child deaths. Together with the staff and students at the YMCA, we discussed the importance of washing your hands and the benefits it will have on the entire community. To demonstrate just how easily germs can be spread we chose ... read more
Christa teaching on Global Handwashing Day
poster for Global Handwashing Day
Students doing a condom demonstration during HIV/AIDS workshop

Africa » Ghana » Western » Sekondi-Takoradi October 10th 2012

Hello everyone! I'm so sorry it has taken me this long to update my blog, but here's what I've been up to over the past couple of weeks. Our first week in Takoradi we were able to meet the staff from the YMCA who we will be working with over the next couple of months. All of the staff and the students are so amazing, it is going to be a blast getting to know everyone! We successfully completed our first task which was to create a workshop on "innovation", to illustrate to the students how to use innovation to help develop a successful business. The students at the Vocational Training Institute (VIT) at the YMCA can choose to study either catering or fashion; although it is a female dominated program, we do have one male ... read more
Helping the students with their activity
Canopy walk at Kakum Natrional Park
At the first of 7 bridges

Africa » Ghana » Western » Sekondi-Takoradi September 21st 2012

After six days, four planes, three continets and a very exteneded and crowded cho cho (a small bus) ride, I have finally arrived in Takoradi! Only after a very short amount of time in Ghana, I have already experienced and have come to appreciate so much about this beautiful country and the people. My first few days in the country were spent in Accra, a city of 4 million people, and everything available at your fingertips! While driving around in the back of a taxi you can purchase a bathroom scale, an info-mercial weight loss product called the sauna belt and any selection of food to suit all tastes! My first order of business consisted of intoductions with the local YCI Ghana staff-Fred, Naana and Nee-who I will be working with during my time here. Also ... read more
Carleigh and I's Home!
View from our living room

North America » Canada » Ontario » Kitchener September 11th 2012

Hello and welcome to my blog! As many of you know I am about to embarke on an amazing experience and I have decided to create this travel blog so you can follow me on my adventure. My hopes are to take you with me and share the amazing stories, experiences and people I am sure to meet. I will try to update my blog weekly with stories, pictures and videos to give you an insight into my life in Africa!... read more

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