Breaking the news...
Akplamafu Travel Blog› entry 15 of 15 › view all entries
December 11th, 2008 – by: sassicassi
The good news, is that with the help of the communities we should have enough to finish building the kindergarden block at Akplamafu and repair a wall that is cracking, leaning and about to fall down due to a sinking foundation in Fodome Ahor. The foundation sinking is actually an easy fix if the community simply digs a dirt trench so that the water from the rainy season doesn't collect at the base of the school. We have yet to speak to the community leaders of Fodome but visited Akplamafu today.
Akplamafu...let's just say I LOVE the staff at this school! They are happy, pleasant, and seem to actually WANT to be teachers (unlike a lot of schools where teachers are simply placed there by the government for a year even though they had no desire to ever teach). One teacher named Bless, well...bless her! Somehow she has kind of captured my attention. Maybe because you can see in her that she loves to teach and cares about her community? There is jsut a connection there and we get along very well. We visited the school yesterday for the estimate and she wasn't there so she phoned when she returned and found out she missed me. We hadn't planned on visiting today but realized we needed to make sure we had the community support in forms of water, accomodation, etc for the needs of the masons that will be finishing the school.
The problem? The funds are in a bank in Accra, nearly 5 hours away that I can't get to until Monday. We're hoping maybe we can get some materials on credit and pay on Monday so we can start this weekend but if not we start on Tuesday. I'll come back to the region from Accra Friday and stay with Bless overnight so I can see the work over two days of hopefully the almost completed building! Fodome will be worked on the following week and I'll just have to be updated with photos.
It's so exciting to know that I'm able to do such a large project with the help of just a few friends. There were only 8 people who donated and those 8 people are now providing a safe learning environment for hundreds of children.
On a side note: My driver seems to think you get anemia by having a ceiling fan on too high while you sleep and my right shoulder is progressively getting darker than the rest of my body from sitting in the passenger side of the car for the last week and a half! ARGH!
I miss my dog too! =( She's like my baby and I haven't been away from her for more than 5 days since I've had her for the past year! My brother says she's a completely different dog =( Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing yet as she was a little hyper and needed to calm down. The girl who is subleasing my room is probably also staying for good so yay! That technically means I'm homeless when I get back, but it's good because now I can move into a place I'm happy!
I love this trip to Ghana but wish I could just slow down and spend the time in the communities that I really enjoy. That's what I love about Ghana...the people and the sense of community. But unfortunately, research is also important and surveying communities won't get done if I don't go to them!
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