It's been a whole two months since I've updated, but I've been trying to clip off some of the redundancy which seems to latch onto my messages. I've been shacked up in San Diego since the 15th of December on a short vacation and will be returning "home" to Ghana on Sunday, 14 January. I'll take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy new year and give my warmest wishes for the ensuing 12 months (and beyond, for that matter).
To say the least, it has been a bit sTrAnGe to be home. The sights, smells, and social mores of the U.S are quite different from those in Ghana. In a way, I initially felt like a tourist in a foreign country when my plane touched down in San Diego. The roads, the buildings, the hustle and bustle of metal and money; sounds shooting out from every corner and down every street. The pace of life made me feel like a hobo being blown along the boulevard trying to hold on to my hat. I quickly stept into pace, and then slipped back into my college-life mode of DVDs, beer, and unhealthy food. These are all things that will dissapear as I transition back to life in the tropics and get back on track with my work.
My focus in the new year is going to be on expanding Wofabeng's medicinal nursery project (updates will be on the website shortly) and trying to get more resources for the Safowa Gifty Scholarship Fund. Safowa is doing VERY WELL in school and is very grateful for all of the help that has been given to her. I have to remind her everytime she thanks me that there were a few generous people who made it possible. So, on behalf of Safowa, thank you! The educational aspect of my service is also expanding into a library project and a day-care center. The Women's Association for Children's Welfare has worked hard and we now finally have the resources to reopen our day-care! This is a huge success as mothers are often forced to take their children to the farm with them (sometimes women have to tie two babies to their back) which both burdens them and puts their children in danger. I will write a new petition for help in the next week or so.
Again, happy new year and best wishes to all of you.
You'll here again from me when I get to Ghana,