While there, I wrote a journal about my experiences in the hospital, teaching at the after-school program, and general life in Ghana. Since being home, some people have expressed an interest in reading the journal, so I figured the easiest thing to do was to post the journal here for anyone who is interested in reading it. Any patient names mentioned have been changed to ensure confidentiality.
It should be noted that because this is a blog site, the postings are in reverse order of when they occurred (which I can't change). So, to read the entries in order you should start from the oldest posts at the bottom of this page.
Ghana is a coastal country in West Africa. The national language of Ghana is English. The capital of Ghana is Accra. Ghana is considered the safest country in Africa (according to global peace index; see Global Peace Index map at the bottom). In terms of development, Ghana is ranked in the middle tier of African countries and 152 out of 182 in the world by the Human Development Index.
$1.40 CAN = 1 Cedi, 1 Cedi = 100 Pesewas
Figure 35. Kakum canopy walk.
|Figure 36. Sketchy platform.|
Figure 37. Francis and I after the canopy walk.
|Figure 38. BCL kids saying goodbye.|
Figure 29. Climbing to the Likpe Todome caves.
|Figure 30. Inside the “bat cave”.|
|Figure 31. Mountain-top view wiith Oli.|
|Figure 32. Likpe Todome waterfall.|
Figure 33. Me in front of Wli falls.
|Figure 34. Swimming at the base of Wli falls. Guess which one is me?|
|Figure 28. Central Regional Hospital.|
A 17 year old girl in labour was also admitted. It turned out the girl had not attended any antenatal (during pregnancy) clinics to check her or the babies health. It turned out the girl was HIV positive and had a bacterial infection of the amniotic fluid. It was now too late for the mother to take prophylactics to stop the baby from acquiring HIV. By now the baby had also likely contracted a bacterial infection from the contaminated amniotic fluid. There was a good chance the baby would not survive long. Doctor Yamba was furious that the girl had not attended an antenatal clinic and the baby’s life was now at risk.
|Figure 26. Young man chained during fast at Edumfa prayer camp.|
|Figure 27. Being blessed at Edumfa prayer camp.|
|Figure 23. Street performers outside local bar.|
|Figure 24. Djembe (traditional African drum) being carved at Accra Arts center.|
|Figure 25. Kente (tradional Ghanaian fabric) being woven at Accra Arts Center. Note the Kente banner that says "Usher".|
Things at BCL continue to go well. My typical teaching routine has been to teach a lesson, assign some individual work based on the lesson, take up the work, then do dictation. For dictation, I give small prizes (pens, pencils, beany babies, etc. that I brought from home) to the winners, which the kids really seem to enjoy.
|Figure 22. Ko-sa beach.|