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!]

Feb 252010
Praise's Article: Cape Coast

Article #11 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project Our Educational Trip to Cape Coast By Kakraba Praise, Age 13

While on the Canopy Walk, I looked down, down, down– two hundred and fifty meters down!– and I felt like I was going to fall through the leaves and smash upon the earth at any minute!

This was on a trip to Cape Coast with eleven other students, thanks to [...Read More!]

Feb 242010
Lucy's Article: Back in School

Article #10 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project Re-Entering School After Three Years At Home By Lawani Lucy, Age 13

After a long period of living in my precious home feeling very lonely, my parents decided that I should continue my primary education.

From the age of seven to the age of ten, I could not attend school because I was sick in my leg and could not walk. [...Read More!]

Feb 232010
Fun Facts about Ghana's School System

After spending time in about fifteen different schools here in my first two months in Ghana, I now present you with…Fun Facts about Ghana’s Educational System!

1.) Because of the extremely limited supply of computers for schools (and the extreeeeemely limited supply of internet access), computers are frequently moved from place to place to ensure fair distribution and safe storage.

And how do things get moved in Ghana? On a head-top, [...Read More!]

Feb 222010
Easteria's Article: Beaten With a Cane

Article #9 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project When I Was Caned at School By Edor Easteria, Age 14

I felt the lashes of the cane at my back.

I was fourteen years old, in grade eight. I was in the classroom making noise with my friends during a time of discussion. We were debating about the issue of girls’ and boys’ education: which is more important?

It was interesting because [...Read More!]

Feb 212010
Edinam's Article: Joining YCC

Article #8 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project My First Day at YCC By Edinam Tamkloe, Age 13

My life is full of stories, but I’ve got to say only one for now. So I choose to talk about my first day at Youth Creating Change, because YCC has changed my life.

My first day at YCC, I was so shy! Everything felt like a mystery to me.

I [...Read More!]

Feb 202010
Starting to Understand Accra... and Staying Legal

As you read this pre-programmed post, I am headed back into Accra to meet up with the Ghana Couchsurfing.org clan, as well as several friends of friends of friends of friends, and to finalize my visa extension paperwork.

The events of this article occurred two weeks ago, but will surely be echoed in my experience today!

Perhaps you recall that it turned out I was in Thailand illegally.

It was unintentional, it really [...Read More!]

Feb 192010
My First Ever Interview, and a Party!

Three quick and lovely announcements:

1. If you have not already browsed over to the Sharing Travel Experiences site, here’s an easy link to my first ever online interview! Fame! Glory! Yay! Read.

2. Don’t Millicent and I look cute all dressed up for Valentine’s Day?

3. If you live anywhere near America’s East Coast, don’t forget that Saturday, February 20th, is the Ghana Fundraiser Party in Hartford, CT! [...Read More!]

Feb 192010
Pamela's Article: A New School

Article #7 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project My First Day at Covenant Preparatory School By Agbi Pamela, Age 14

“That school is full of witches and wizards!” was what people said about Covenant Preparatory School. “Don’t go!”

But I decided to enroll anyway. My mother had explained well how switching to Covenant would enhance my education.

In Ghana there are two main types of schools: public, government-run schools [...Read More!]

Feb 182010
Emmanuella's Article: Earthquake Panic

Article #6 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project Waiting for the Earthquake to Strike By Boateng Emmanuella, Age 14

Around two o’clock in the morning, neighbors ran from door to door yelling for people to come outside.

“An earthquake is going to happen!” they screamed.

In my lifetime, Ghana has never experienced an earthquake, and so everyone panicked. People poured outside with their children and their belongings so that the buildings [...Read More!]