Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan
30

Bring it on, French.. Let’s Do This.

chef LM

So…. As most of you know I am currently learning French, so that I can actually participate in life in this great francaphone country. I think it is important to gauge a person’s  starting level when attempting to delve into a new language. Before deciding to move to a francaphone country,  my command of the …

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Jan
29

Good-bye, Ghana… Bonjour, Benin!

beninese muslim cemetery

Last Thursday I packed my two suitcased, taught my last class at Naa Kordey Memorial Primary and headed to Accra to board my  bus to Benin.  It was really hard for me to say good-bye to my students, but to soften the blow, I left each of them with an American coin. I had so …

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Jan
25

Short (true) Stories: A Digest of My Experiences in Ghana

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Over the past five months, I have jotted down notes here and there about things I find interesting about my experience here, be it a cultural observation or just an interesting conversation I have had at one point or another. As my time here ends,  I hope this provides you with some insight into a …

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Jan
22

Dancing for Jesus

baptism

        This morning I had my first “Ghana church experience.” I have mentioned in previous posts that Ghana is a very “praise Jesus” country. It is written on store fronts.. And on cars… Even boats… Every Sunday morning, you can hear church bells or microphones and the voices of a distant congregation. …

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Jan
21

As the Winds Change, So Do I…

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“Fret not where the road will take you. Instead concentrate on the first step. That’s the hardest part and that is what you are responsible for. Once you take that step let everything  do what it naturally does and the rest will follow. Do not go with the flow. Be the flow.”- The Forty Rules …

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Jan
19

The 9th Annual Open Forum

better cancer poster

On January 13th, Joy2theWorld held its 9th Annual Open Forum. This event, which takes place every January and August, is an opportunity for all current and new clients to meet and express any questions or concerns regarding the loan and scholarship program. This Forum also focused on the new changes in our staff with the …

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Jan
04

New Year’s Eve in Accra!

Bruna and arnau

This is the first year I have spent New Year’s Eve out of the United States and I have to say, for the most part, it was awesome! Matthew and I met up with some friends from Spain in Accra. They were staying in Kaneshie near the famed Kaneshie Market. Matthew and I managed to …

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Jan
02

My first Ghanaian Christmas… and a dead goat.

alcohol..

While there was no snow, holly, or Christmas trees, there was still Christmas in the air here in Ghana this year. In mid December, our new Executive Director, Matt Brady, arrived from Minnesota to spend six weeks taking on his new role. While we are hoping to have him full time in Ghana soon, for …

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