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Africa » Ghana » Western » Sekondi-Takoradi February 1st 2012

Monday night started out well, Gideon and I had dinner, mine wasnt very nice but I find that happens quite often so I didnt think anything of it, one of the students joined us and we had a great laugh then Gideon took me for a walk around Takoradi town which I enjoyed. I did not take the camera as it was late at night and I was concerned about security. I made friends with some local children, I watched local women cooking kelewele on the side of the road (fried plantain not just a nickname for me when I was a kid - Kelly Welly) and wathed local people go about their business. My stomach rumbled loudly, REALLY LOUDLY and Gideon was tired so we headed back and that is when it started, I managed ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Western » Sekondi-Takoradi January 30th 2012

I have not seen the Indian Ocean... I have seen the Atlantic Ocean... doesnt sound so exotic now... read more

Africa » Ghana » Western » Sekondi-Takoradi January 30th 2012

Gideon asked everyone to arrive on time at 7.30am so true to African time they arrived about 8.45 and we got started at about 9am and today we learnt about primary and secondary Survey as well as recovery position and CPR… so it was a lot of information! They all looked at me like I was nuts and they all looked worried and when I showed them Annie and said you will all be kissing her lots their eyes looked straight for the door! J They are all very wary of me – very much like Gideon – quite shy people – completely different to the Nigerian first aiders. When we came to practise the recovery position they looked at me and said “what on each other?” I said oh yes and get used to it ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Western » Sekondi-Takoradi January 29th 2012

Hi all... arrived last night at 10.00 on a plane that bounced its way to Accra... we had the seatbelt sign on the whole way to Ghana, and then when getting off of the plane I waited an hour and a half in immigration! I sat with a chief and his daughter on the plane who prayed often during the flight (quite off putting to be honest) they had been to England because the chiefs son in law died of cancer but failed to tell anyone or take medication because he beleived that by praying that the cancer would leave his body - if only it was that easy.... it was nice to get to the golden tulip and have a cup of tea and a shower and some bed rest at 1am This morning at ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading January 28th 2012

If I am lucky there will be no power cuts and the runway lights will be on and this time no one will think I have a dead body in my suitcase (resus doll). Yep I am heading back to Africa, this time Ghana... I am returning to Ghana for a week, on arrival I will stay in Accra for one night and then travel to Takoradi with Gideon - my Ghanaian colleague and will meet Mike there a few days later , here at my destination my internet connection may be almost impossible therefore my blogs may be sparse. My assignment here is to provide first aid training to staff. On speaking to a volunteer coordinator at First Aid Africa earlier last year she gave me some sound advice. Teaching the population how to recognise ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor July 31st 2011

“I’m outside” said the text message from Amer the taxi driver at 5.45am in the morning, it was taking me to the airport – but this time I was not flying, this time I was going with him to pick up Gideon (Ghana) and Suitbert (Tanzania). For both Gideon and Suitbert it was their first trip to the UK, for Gideon it was his first time on a plane and I knew they were excited. The Travelodge, is not the most helpful of hotels, good prices especially in Windsor but not helpful. By the time we hit the road they would have arrived at the hotel at 9.30am, they were not able to check in until 12 noon and the hotel would not watch their bags for them either! It was agreed with my parents that ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading July 5th 2011

Many people of my age (same age as concorde - you do the math) will remember growing up watching emaciated Ethiopian children with pot bellies on the Childrens BBC Newsround program in the 1980’s and 1990’s, with songs like Feed the world and Heal the world making it big in the charts and we all did fun runs, 24hour famines and bring and buy sales to reach that Blue Peter target to send rice to these families, but as young children we always asked the same question “Dad, if they are starving why are they fat?” We now watch Lenny Henry and other comedians every March who make us laugh with their comedy and cry with their pictures of these same children and we phone and donate because we feel guilty for laughing on our comfy ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading July 1st 2011

Hi all, arrived safely home into the UK, the flight was a bit bumpy, not helped by the African lady sitting next to me who was flying for the first time in her life who kept poking me to say "are we nearly there yet?" as she gripped tight onto the seat in front of her... I have just had my Pizza for Joes Friday night Pizza night (Joe makes pizza for us every friday) and I have caught up on my desperate housewives - Priorities, right? I was also pleased to discover I lost weight while I was alway, only 6lbs but its going the right way! Back to Slough on monday to prepare certificates and do the admin for the last 2 weeks and to prepare for the lads coming from Africa to the ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala June 30th 2011

Today was the day of the exams, the students were soooo nervous and shaking like leaves in the wind but did so well and I couldnt be prouder, I was so impressed with them. Mikes voluteer casualties really put them through their paces as well, screaming, fainting and even convulsing at one point apparently. But the first aiders came through, they took care of all their casualties really well and passed with flying colours. On return to the hotel I decided I needed to get my nails done before coming back, ok the last time I did that in Uganda I thought I was going to die and this time was no different, water all over the plug sockets - electric shocks was definately on the cards but I came out alive, with pretty nails. The ... read more
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Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala June 29th 2011

This morning we arrived at the office and it was Mikes turn to take over the first aid this morning, it is his favourite part of first aid, the blood and gore or better known as Wounds and bleeding, the trainees came dressed in their old clothes and overalls prepared to be splattered with blood (tomato ketchup) however it was decided to save this until the assessment tommorow. whilst I prepared my work for the guys coming to the UK in July Mike did his blood and gore bit, then it was bandage practical time... we took out the fake wounds (small plastic wounds) and stuck them over arms and legs and everyone bandaged each other, Mike and I were impressed with how quickly the group in Uganda picked up the bandaging, they all did extremely ... read more

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