23 Jun Lessons Learned from Sandema and Beyond
Posted at 10:37h in West AfricaIt feels like just yesterday that our group landed in Accra, wide-eyed, excited, and ready to get moving. Over a month later, our group is now on the move around Ghana as experienced adventurers and navigating the country on our own, armed with their same open curiosity, but with a firmer footing. G-Roots‘ dry season farming project, others went to the District Assembly to ask permission to start their own recycling project. While “African Time” can be frustrating, we learned that moments spent waiting for transport, or a decision, or one’s laundry to dry are the perfect opportunities to play football, visit a neighbour’s farm, or bargain for a goat. Girls Leadership Program branched away from Sandema and instead focused on a junior high school in the town of Kadema, where the opportunity for children, especially girls, to continue on to secondary education, are limited. Working with the Kadema teachers helped us get a clearer picture of the challenges northern Ghanaian girls face. We are excited for the possibilities of continuing our work in Kadema. The Horizon’s boys taught us to cook jollof rice and fry chicken and to dance like true Ghanaians. The after-school science program was a hit and three boys, clad in lap coats, facilitated all the OG participants in interesting and fun environmental lectures. Gilbert, head of the Disabilities Center, always provided us with tasks to do and welcomed us into his family.