Mar 6, 2013

Ghana Independence Day ...

Ghana Independence Day ...

Congratulations to Ghana, today the republic is 56 years old. We had school for a few hours, the children came to the school office, we hung out, took photos and then they watched a movie. Today is a holiday for the school's, the kids came to see me and enjoy the movie. I also got to meet with all the teachers, Hannah, the volunteer and Kwame and two of the board members. We had a nice morning .....

Stefan was also out of school today, I did a project with him, we built paper airplanes, paper jets. He wants to be a pilot, so we talked about all the things he needs to learn at school to be a pilot. Stefan is now 11 years old, he is such a gentleman and young boy all at the same time. Saturday we are going to the Makalo Market in Accra, the largest outdoor, public market and Stefan will go with us. I will post a photo of Stefan after this update.

Today I took a nap and it was WONDERFUL !!!! I was a tiny bit tired, my Delta sleep over on flight 26 was OK, I was catching up. The back of my room is next to the compound wall and right behind the wall are two large banana trees and due to a very nice strong breeze, I was napping to the most wonderful music. Not sure why, the mid day activities were quiet, I could hear the leaves waving in the wind, it was peaceful. Reminded me of my very young days when I spent vacation at my Grandparents farm in Panama. The set up was the same, concrete buildings, glass pane windows that open and close and wonderful, fresh, nurturing winds. Amazing what I can visualize, wonder and enjoy, with my eyes closed.

In the late afternoon we went to visit Kofi Ambrose Amuzu. He was born in 1939 and was a teacher in Ghana and Niger for over 40 years. He speaks the most beautiful and eloquent English and he is a great historian. I met him the firs time I was here. We had 90 minutes of great conversation, I asked him lots of questions about Ghana today and Ghana in years past, he is a fountain of knowledge and so willing to share. He told us he would be happy to do a session with our teachers and share is teaching best practices. When I am here next time I told him I would make an appointment with him to film an interview. He is extremely engaging and knowledgeable. It was a treat to meet him. And Traci and Lizzie, he remembered that you were also visiting Ghana the last time we saw him in December 2011. We visited Ambrose at his family's home, it is about 5 minutes from the Kissemah compound by car.

Tomorrow we are back to a regular school day. I am going to mall with Kwame to exchange some $$. Also will get snacks for the children for the Monday excursion.

Friday is a regular school day, in the late afternoon the children get to watch a movie, this week it will be Dolphin Tales.

Saturday we are going to the Makalo Market, Hannah, Stefan, myself and Teacher Lawrenda will be our guide. I will be enjoying the local transportation for the firs time, a Ghanian TROTO. I will take lots pictures. Saturday I am hosting a dinner for all the teachers, Kwame, Hannah. Lawrence and Johnny and Ben will also join us. Madam Ceci is always invited, not sure why, she does not like to attend those types of outings.

Thanks to all who've sent emails and text messages. I appreciate your messages.

I will post some photos after this update. Ma Y Mava...


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