Oct 26, 2013

Up Early on Saturday

I am up early on Saturday for two reasons, all the Mom's in the compound are up washing, kids are running around and yes it is 6am. And our visitors are coming from Atlanta today, they land at Kotoka at 1pm. We are all excited to see Alex Booker, Belinda Williams and Keith and Kimberly Edmunds. Pastor Alfie Abe will also be joining the group, he is from South African. We have many activities planned for the week.

A few updates:
Students Sponsored:
Renee and I synched up our lists, currently have a total of 34 out of 62 students sponsored. The financial support of sponsors helps in so many ways. Every dollar donated is spent on school operating expenses, salaries, supplies, utility bills, lunch program, and basic medical care if the children require. The donation is IRS tax deductible and it totals 98 cents per day or $360 per year. The children in the program who are sponsored send letters to their sponsors 3 to 4 times per year. And Renee does the monthly Mawuvio's newsletter that gets shared via email and posted to the MOP web site. More important, the students are aware that someone cares about them and someone is interested in their well being and future. Everyday in the school closing prayers, we include a message of thanks and blessings for all who support MOP, and especially the sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring one of the students, send me an email at elena1025@comcast.net and I can provide information and/or answer any questions.

Mr. Manieson:
Yesterday afternoon I met Mr. Victor Manieson. He lives down the street from the school, maybe 30 or 40 yards away. He lives in one of those walled compounds, you enter through a big iron gate and the house sits back from the drive way, it is very nice. Victor and his wife Doreen have lived in the US, of all places San Diego and Atlanta. And both have academic backgrounds and run the Manieson Christian Academy in West Legon.

The Mawuvio's teachers are currently enrolled in training classes that Mr. Manieson facilitates that enable and enhance the practical approach and methodology of teaching in the classroom. We had a discussion about the overall objective of the training, the plans post the training.
And also the overall context of the training as it relates to the Mawuvio's mission, vision and objectives. Our teachers have been through 1/2 of the course and will resume and complete the 10 week training in November. They are excited about the training and eager to complete.

I asked if I could come to his school and observe the teachers in his classrooms and he said YES. I will schedule time in November. His family has a long tradition of teachers, his parents also run a school in Ghana that has been operating for many years. I don't remember the name, I will ask him next time I see him.

Water Water Water Water:
When I came to the office this morning, I could see the lines queueing at the big polytank where water is sold, up the street from the school. This is my 12th day in Kissemah, and the tap in Ceci's kitchen area has only had running water 1 day. From afar I would say at least 75 people are lined up with buckets, basins, pails, etc to get water. And no one knows why we don't have water. There are no officials, government representatives, no one that I can ascertain from all the times I ask, who is providing the village of Kissemah an update. And we are not the only ones affected. Down the street and across the main paved road is Christian Village. They are also without water. Yesterday when Lawrenda left after the school closing, she told me she would spend most of her day replenishing her water supply by having to go as they say in Ghana FETCH IT. I only know what I experience in Kissemah, I am not sure how the overall water situation is in Ghana. Thank God in Ayikumah we have a well.

Cape Coast:
Tomorrow we are going to Cape Coast for the day to tour the El Mina Castle historic site. This the location in Africa were all the people were brought and loaded on ships going to Europe and America to be slaves. I was there in 2011, the structure sits right on the waters edge. The tour guide we had the first time I was there, did amazing job of recreating what the experience was like for the people who endured being brought to El Mina and loaded on ships. It was an extremely sobering day. When you travel to Cape Coast you are on the coast of Ghana for a good part of the trip, I will get to see the ocean, it will be nice.

Gratitude:
Thanks to all who are sending emails, thanks for all the birthday wishes. It appreciate very much. I hear it is very cold in Atlanta. I am keeping a daily gratitude list in the DAY ONE App, I wrote about a few weeks back, my gratitude list for yesterday was:

1_ Anne Mahlum
2_ Family and Friends
3_Electricity
4_ Stefan getting me the coldest Alvaro drink possible yesterday, it is a local soda type drink that is refreshing. When it is really cold, it is double refreshing.
5_ My health

As they say in EWE, Ma Y Mava.... I will go and come back.


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