Feb 122010
 
Derrick's Article: The Sea at Accra

Article #2 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project My First Day by the Sea at Accra By Sarpong Derrick, Age 11 I remember how the sea at Accra flows. I remember thinking, “I’m afraid!” because of how the sea flowed forward and back. I saw a little child get into the water, and I become frightened. They say that the sea can kill.

It was my first day in [...Read More!]

Feb 102010
 
An Intro to the Ghana Life Stories Project!

At last, after a month of exciting classes and passionate writing, it is time to start sharing our Ghana student life story projects with you!

For teachers who are interested in this unit plan themselves, or for those who are just curious about how these upcoming student articles were created, here is the…

Unit Plan for Student Life Story Writing Project:

Note: Each of these steps takes a different amount of time depending [...Read More!]

Feb 092010
 
What the Heck is Fufu?

For any reader of West African literature, or for any Western penpal of a Ghanaian student, a question looms large:

What the heck is “Fufu”?

Here is the short answer: Fufu is delicious, and it is also extremely difficult to create.

Here is the long answer:

Fufu is an extremely popular and common food in West and Central Africa which is made in slightly differently ways in different countries, and is even connected to the [...Read More!]

Feb 082010
 
Power Outages and the Power of Patience

The electric power and running water have gone out for at least five hours a day, every day, for the past two weeks here in Sogakope. Nooo!

Usually these outages strike from mid-day to nightfall, but no one can predict exactly when they will start or end.

Are the utility companies purposely shutting off the water and power to work on some major problem in the system?

Are the outages just accidental [...Read More!]

Feb 072010
 
An Awesome Plastic Hairstyle

“Heeey!” we heard as Millicent and I made our sweaty way through Sogakope’s outdoor market.

It was YCC staff member, Dorcas, who we hadn’t seen since she fell ill several weeks ago!

“Ehfoah?” Dorcas asked us in Ewe, shaking our hands and snapping our middle fingers together with a “POP.” “Are you fine?”

“Ehhh,” Millicent and I responded with twin grins. “Yes!”

We confessed why we were in the market: ever since experiencing [...Read More!]

Feb 062010
 
A List of Concrete Ways to Help!

By now, if you are a good little tortoise, you have already read yesterday’s article. Well done!

If you are a bad little bunny, however, and haven’t done your reading (tsk, tsk, tsk, punk!), here’s the summary: the African version of the “Tortoise and the Hare” folktale teaches us that working together as a team, we can surmount giant obstacles.

So today we turn to the concrete: HOW exactly [...Read More!]

Feb 052010
 
Unity and Help: The Lesson of the Tortoise

Chances are that you’ve heard the story of the tortoise and the hare before… at least you’ve heard ONE version of it.

In this classic Aesop folktale, the speedy, cocky hare challenges the slow-poke tortoise to a race, and the tortoise shockingly agrees.

The race begins!

Halfway through the competition, the hare becomes so overconfident at his giant lead that he takes a nap, dreaming of his glorious and easy victory.

When the hare awakes– [...Read More!]

Feb 042010
 
A Brilliant Method of Eating Mangoes

First: admit and submit to the glory of the mango. It is the best fruit ever.

Second: Yes, my skin is now a crispy shade of red-brown, as the photo to the lower right reveals. I can’t help it! The Ghanaian sun is literally GIANT sized here, and has the super-ability of crawling beneath hats, awnings, roofs, and sunscreen.

Oh little epidermis– keep trying your best to protect me and [...Read More!]

Feb 032010
 
How to Get a Custom-Made Dress for $15

Want a custom-made dress for just $7.50 for the fabric and $7.50 for the sewing, making a grand total price of just $15 U.S. dollars?

Just follow these simple steps!

1.) Fly to Ghana. (Don’t forget your visa and your vaccinations.) I told you this would be easy, right?

2.) Trot over to the nearest hectic, madly bustling outdoor market you can find.

In Sogakope, this market (pictured to the upper [...Read More!]