Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Good Morning World!

The country of Ghana says hi!

So last week I wrote a new post and thought that I added it to my blog but it appears that it didnt upload...

It has been quite an wonderful time here. At least for me. Right now many of the children at the orphanage have an eye infection of some sort and it is spreading quite fast to the children who dont have it currently. Also, two of the current volunteers have Malaria and have sought out treatment from the local clinic. Chelsea is doing much better and Gus just went to the clinic this morning. He should be up and running shortly! My goal is to make it through my entire stay without getting sick. Three weeks to go!

Last sunday I even went to church. To get there, we hiked for 45 minutes through the country side. It was such a beautiful walk, though very very very hot. It is around 90 degrees every day and you can work up quite a sweat without doing much at all. Yummy!! Dont worry though, I do my best to take a bucket bath at least every other day. I cant say I smell the best but I get by just fine! The church we went two was very small and very friendly. Most of the time they only spoke in Twi so I was unable to understand it. Lucky, one of the pastors translated some of it. I dont think I have ever enjoyed church as much as I did on sunday!

Well I am almost out of time... sorry this has been so brief.
Miss you all!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Greeting from Ghana!

Happy St. Patricks day! Drink responsibly!

So I just want to say... Ghana is amazing!!
I spent most of Tuesday sleeping but I think I am back on a normal sleep schedule. I have met all the wonderful children at the orphanage and they are beautiful, wonderful amazing kids. My first time to the orphanage, they all came running at me and gave me giant hugs. I am still working on learning all of their names, and will most likely be working on it for a while. Those of you who know me know that remembering anything is a great accomplishment! It is my goal to learn them all by the time I leave!

There is so much that I would like to include in this brief blog but I dont even know where to start. I guess I will just rattle off some fun facts...

-I do not have sunburn... yet.
-I have loved every meal I have had... so far.
-Carrying buckets of water on your head is much harder than it looks... I am practicing!
-I broke a pair of flipflops literally on my first step in them... lucky I have another pair.
-The airport in Accra is much smaller than I expected.
-A Ghanaian boy spilled an entire cup of water on my lap on the plane.
-The children at the orphanage remind me so much of the wonderful children at  Helen Devos Childrens Hospital!

Well I suppose that is what I will leave you with for now. I miss everyone back home and I hope you are looking forward to hearing about everything again and again. For my next post, I will try to get some pictures to post. No promises though! I should be visiting the site where they are roofing the new orphanage building soon! Also, I am excited to water at the farm and experience the markets which I hope to write about in a later post if I get the chance. For now, that is all!

I love and miss you all!!!
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Friday, March 11, 2011

My head is cold.


So I will go ahead and start off with some fun facts about me!

I am 22 years old and my favorite animal is a Polar Bear. I work at Olive Garden and I greatly dislike salad. My favorite ice cream is chocolate and my favorite month is May. I have two wonderful parents and two siblings that are pretty great too. I don't have my tonsils but I do have my undergraduate degree. I like to smile.

Another fun fact that I am extremely excited about is that I am going to Ghana, Africa in a few short days. I will be volunteering with an organization by the name of United Hearts Children's Center. I have yet to pack and have no idea what to expect. This journey is why I decided to create this blog and was originally planning to blog while I was there. After some thinking, I will attempt to blog while I am gone but I don't believe internet will be as assessable as here. I'll do my best. If all else fails, I will tell of my journeys when I return!

               Also, thank you!
When I decided to do this trip, the greatest factor was the financial aspects of traveling. The dollar signs add up quickly and without everyone's endless love, support and generosity, I really don't think this trip would be possible for me. So many of you parted with your hard earned dollar simply out of the kindness of your heart to assist in funding this adventure for me. For others, it was just to see me with much less hair. Either way, I am so so so so very thankful and I can't wait to tell tales of the adventure you helped create and make possible.
This is the most amazing cake I have ever received.

I look forward to keeping everyone updated! I am already excited to show you pictures of the people I will soon meet and the places I will soon go.

Thank you to EVERYONE for helping make this all possible!!!