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Aug
21

AKWAABA… And I have landed in Ghana!!


I have so much to share and I have only been here 2 and a half days.  Right now I am writing from a region/village called Pokuase, which is about 33 miles outside of Accra, the capital of Ghana. I flew in on August 19th at 11am. If anyone wants to know, Delta flights suck! Tiny seats, crappy food, lights on early in the a.m. on overnight flights. Ok, enough complaining.

Samuel and Haruna met me at the airport. You will hear a lot of about them. Haruna is a taxi driver who was hired to work full time or on an as need basis for the head of the organization that I am working with here.  Samuel is one of the full-time Ghanaian staff here.

As I came out of the airport with my two overstuffed suitcases I saw a sea of white plastic signs, laminated with large letters. I searched for my name among them but saw nothing.Then among them I see a tall man holding a paper sign that I could barely read, but I could read his face, beaming with excitement. He must have recognized me from the staff pictures on the website. I reached out for a big hug, which me was unexpected. I guess I was happy to see a face that was if not familiar, at least somehow related to my existance in Ghana.

So Haruna, Samuel, Jennifer (a volunteer from L.A. via Ireland)  and I packed into his cab and headed out of the city, but not before the man who helped me out with my bags tried to scam me out of 20 cedis ( about 15 USD). Samuel jumped in and moderated, and finally the man left, quite irritated with 8 cedis from my wallet. It helps to have a local on your side!

Jennifer and I took a walk around the village together. Lots of little shacks turned shops  selling everything that you could think of.  Buckets, mangoes, hair weaves, phones, water, soy milk.. What I found most amusing was the religious aspect of all the titles of the shops, “GOD IS GOOD HAIR DESIGN,” “JESUS LOVE FOODS,” or “GOOD LORD ELECTRICS.” I’ll get a good picture of one soon. Christianity is highly promoted and praised here. Billboards advertising Christian radio shows, placards in taxi cabs, everyone is pretty open about the gratitude to God, it’s very interesting to see!

 

 

Ok, I have much more to share but it is getting late. It my upcoming posts you can look forward to reading about my experience at the Rotary International Presidential Conference, jetlag,  adventures in Ghanain food, and meeting Mary Hoagli, the most exuberant and joyful human I have yet to encounter.

Thanks for reading and as always, feedback is welcome!

Da Yie (aka Good Night.)

Syambra

 

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  1. Donna Spencer says:

    Syambra!

    So glad you’re going to chronicle your experience. The children are beautiful. And, Delta does suck.

    Thank you for making the world a better place.

    Donna

  2. Nancy says:

    So glad you made it safely there and that you are enjoying it already. I look forward to reading all your posts! love, Nancy

  3. Melissa Ferry says:

    Hey hun! LOVE the photos you posted with your story, can’t wait to see the signs of God blessed hair shops. Stay safe, have a blast, so happy that you’re happy!

  4. Lisa says:

    Awesome pictures of the kids… they just need a frame! Now, I wanna see that spider!

  5. Christy says:

    Hey hon! I am so proud of you! I’m so excited to hear about your adventures and everything you will accomplish. Keep up the good work! Love ya, Christy

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