24 Aug West Africa Discovery Ends with a Castle Finish
Better late than never, right? Ghanaian life was more than good to us. We were the little team that could. And we did. It’s hard to believe the last magical six weeks really happened: it went by in a busy blur and we definitely got caught up in the whirlwind of African time. Our last two weeks of the program was spent in Sandema. With the schools out for the summer, it meant we had more opportunities to put together an awesome Girls Leadership Program and spend every other moment getting our hands and feet dirty with the boys of the Horizon Children Centre. From the exhaustion of the Sandema Boys Football Tournament, to slogging through rainy-season worn road, to the G-Roots field site, we tried our best to balance “family time” with individual learning…and climbing the famous baobab tree.The OG ladies really came through for the girls of Sandema with the Girls Leadership Program. With the schools and teachers supporting their initiative, we met with eager young leaders several times a week and practiced public speaking, writing, computer skills and the importance of being a strong young woman in the community. The program’s grand finale was held at a local restaurant where all the girls performed speeches they had been working on. Parents, friends, and community members were all in attendance and the evening finished with festivities, food, and full emotions. No one wanted to leave! What’s next? We hope to create a lasting relationship and support system for all the girls in the program. Careful documentation and ongoing brainstorming from our OG team will hopefully help to keep what was started this summer going and going. The Sandema girls are full of ideas!