Mar 072010
Precious's Article: Kicked Out of School

Article #17 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project Dismissed From School For Refusing Punishment By Fedieley Precious, Age 14

When I was eight years of age, my parents decided that I should go to a far-away school in which I would be a boarder. I was so happy that I was going to a new school in the Greater Accra Region!

The day school re-opened, my parents took [...Read More!]

Mar 062010
Independence, Development, and a School Toilet

Happy fifty-third Ghanaian Independence Day!!!

Though Ghana was the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to declare its independence from colonial rule, having a “birth date” of 1957 still makes Ghana a relatively young nation.

In contrast, my natal country of America declared its independence in 1776. This may be one reason I’ve been thinking a ton lately about how countries at different stages of “development” compare. But sometimes it’s hard [...Read More!]

Mar 052010
Courage M.'s Article: Brush Fires Kill

Article #16 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project How a Brush Fire Killed Olukpedu By Mawuko Courage, Age 15

My name is Mawuko Courage and I have four brothers and six sisters. I live in Kpotame in the North Tongu district in the Volta Region of Ghana. My mother is a trader and my father is a pastor.

I was fourteen years old when my friend [...Read More!]

Mar 042010
Melody's Article: Nigerians Aren't Cannibals!

Article #15 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project Nigerians Don’t Eat Human Flesh!!! By Okeke Melody, Age 11

My Father came from Nigeria and my Mother came from Ghana, so for the first three years of my life, I lived with my Grandmom and relatives in Nigeria.

In Kindergarten One in Nigeria, the kids always spoke the Nigerian language and never spoke “Good English.” For example, they would [...Read More!]

Mar 032010
ARGH! Who Do You Help????

Tragic poverty here… horrific earthquake there…

Lack of basic educational supplies here… lack of clean drinking water there…

How does a caring soul decide who to help?During the sixth anniversary celebration of Youth Creating Change, Ghana, I gleaned two tips that have since saved me some serious stress about world aid.

Perhaps these tips will help you, too!TIP ONE: One Youth, One Community at a Time.

This is the official motto of YCC. [...Read More!]

Mar 022010
Courage's Article: A Pregnant Teen

Article #14 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project A Teen Girl Who Became Pregnant Out of Curiosity By Adjei Courage, Age 18 Who is to blame for teen girls getting pregnant?

When the disobedient girl who stayed with my mother became pregnant, I pondered this question a great deal.

One early Tuesday morning, my mother woke up only to realize that her sister’s daughter was still in a strange mood. [...Read More!]

Mar 012010
Harry's Article: School Far From Family

Article #13 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project Attending School Far From My Family By Bekoe K. Harry, Age 16

For the past four years, I have been living many, many kilometers away from my parents so that I can have access to a proper education.

My parents are both subsistence farmers who grow barely enough to feed our family. It was very difficult for them to support [...Read More!]

Feb 282010
Couchsurfing Instructions, and a Ghana Beach!

If you’ve got a good head on your shoulders and a good internet connection, you can stay for free, safely, in the houses of kind people all around the world! How?

For some of you, this article will be a review of a global trick you already know well. For others, however, this may be a thrilling new insight into budget travel!

As we proceed through the steps of how to use [...Read More!]

Feb 272010
Hannah’s Article: Mount Afadjato

Article #12 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project Climbing Mount Afadjato, My First Mountain Ever! By Edor Hannah, Age 12

As we trudged up, up, up, the tallest mountain in Ghana, I became so tired and sweaty that I nearly wanted to turn back. But I needed to see what the top of the mountain looked like! It was my first mountain ever.

The original name for [...Read More!]

Feb 262010
So Much is Harder Here...

Confession: I was a raging, frustrated brat all of last week. Why? So much of daily life here in Ghana’s Volta Region feels… harder!

Case in point: the stove.

Two weeks ago, we ran out of gas for the stove. Easy enough to re-fill the chubby silver tank, right? Wrong. Sogakope is currently completely out of stove gas. Further, it appears the entire Volta Region of Ghana is [...Read More!]