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Ghana PDW 2016

Help with bottle filling!

Help with bottle filling!

Paula Gonzales

Help with bottle filling!

Paula Gonzales

Paula Gonzales

Help with bottle filling!

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Two weeks ago on Thursday, the Ghana PDW group departed on their journey to the small fishing village of Kokrobite, Ghana. We were warmly welcomed as soon as we set foot in Accra airport, being treated to plaintain chips and Ghanaian chocolate on the way to our hostel.  Needless to say, the experience was unforgettable. We had the opportunity to intertwine with the authentic culture in Ghana, through speaking and working with the locals, enjoying Ghanaian food, learning about the history, drumming and dancing. We worked in the Kokrobite Chiltern Centre, a place where school children can come for help with homework, reading, and playtime. One of the projects we worked on was creating a vertical garden made of bamboo to to use as an education tool and grow foods. Secondly, we built a cistern out of densely filled PET-bottles, mud, and cement, for which we learned the skills during the summer from Andreas Froese of Eco-Tec. We spent hours filling bottles, whilst getting to to know each other better and talking with the locals. We also built a tire swing for the playground, which was finished in time to see the children’s reactions.

In addition to expanding the centre, we helped with clothing donations, painting the government school, and helping the children with homework and reading. A group of students worked on painting the government school, as the school does not mirror the energy of the kids; it lacks color, is dusty, has small spaces and old supplies. We painted part of the exterior and interior of the school bright yellow, livening the spaces up and making them more engaging as places of learning. Lastly, helping the children with homework and reading was heart-warming and a great opportunity to build relationships with the children.

We had many opportunities to immerse ourselves in Ghanaian culture. On the first night, we took traditional Ghanaian drumming and dancing lessons. We were taught a Ghanaian dance which we performed a few days later, after being treated to a traditional dance performance from a Ghanaian dance group. We had the opportunity to experience the rich local culture through delicious traditional food – and even being given the chance to pound fufu, a staple food in Ghana. We also visited Kakum National Park, and were taken on a rainforest canopy walk. We followed the rainforest walk by visiting Cape Coast Castle and had the chance to learn about the history of colonialism and slave trade in Ghana through a guided tour of the castle.
Travelling to Kokrobite was an incredible experience which cannot be captured in words.  We we grew as individuals and gave back to the community. We are working on numerous projects to keep supporting Kokrobite Chiltern Centre.  You can support us by keeping an eye out for fundraisers – and if you are interested in donating money, you can contact Mr.Koch. 

Vertical garden

Paula Gonzales
Vertical garden

Help with bottle filling!

Paula Gonzales
Help with bottle filling!

Building the cistern

Paula Gonzales
Building the cistern

 

Kokrobite Government School

Paula Gonzales
Kokrobite Government School

Painting the government school

Jessica Meyer
Painting the government school

Jessica Meyer

Little boy at the government school

Jessica Meyer
Little boy at the government school

Rainforest walk

Paula Gonzales
Rainforest walk

Pounding fufu

Paula Gonzales
Pounding fufu

 

 

 

 

 

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