Hello everyone! In order to give those who did not go on this amazing trip the full exsperiance of what we did I will be posting the writings and pictures from my journal. I kept this journal while I was in Ghana and wrote in it everyday. The fallowing is about our travel to the country and our first day there.
Mon. June 19th 11:59pm
It took over 24 hours to travel to otc in Nsawam. The traveling was as you would expect it to be, planes and airports. As we exited the plane the hot humid air hits you in the face. It felt like a sauna and I loved it. We spent quite sometime in customs as everyone does and I am thankful to my professors for helping me through the process. I have Always wanted to travel on my own but it can be Daunting so traveling with such exsperiance and capable people made me feel confident so that one day I could do it on my own. The Otc students greeted us as we left the airport. They were so kind. At otc we were shown our rooms where we settled in and crashed. We finally made it… Nasawam, Ghana, Africa!
Tue. June 20th 9:05pm
Today we got to exsperiance our first full day in Ghana. We had a traditional breakfast of this warm soup. It tasted kinda like wheetey mite. I liked it and kinda miss it. Then we were taken for a tour of Otc. We saw the class rooms and workshop. Today was a day to get use to our saroundings before we got to work so the students took a few of us through town. The culture is thriving. Everyone is kind and excited to meet an Obroni. But the country is still developing. Many people have phones but houses lack running water. As we walked around town we see chickens, goats, dogs and cats running around. They have owners but are free to do as they please. This is Unheard of in the U.S. I liked it. At the end of the day we played with the kids who go to school at the otc. Many of the kids at the school have a physical or mental disability. I myself am disabled and have never been around any other disabled people. I felt really happy and comfortable. They all care for each other and help each other. They boost one another’s confidence so that can go out on their own. I understand the struggles of growing up with a disability. People judge and ridicule you for something you can’t control. I wish I had had grown up with other disabled kids so I would have been more confident like theses kids. Ghana and America both share many stigmas against the disabled and so I am glad to see that there is a place for these kids to be seen as people and not problems.