Guest Blogger: Gloria’s visit – Part 1

May 13 – May 26: 13 amazing days spent headfirst immersed in a culture so different yet somehow so familiar to my own. Ghana was great. I landed in Accra on May 13 – overjoyed to see my bestest friend in her new environment. The last time I had seen Maria was on her last…

Ghana Stay Another Year

It is official. Well, sort of. I am extending my Peace Corps service by one more year. It is official in that I was offered (and accepted) the agriculture sector Peace Corps Volunteer Leader (PCVL) position. These sector PCVL positions are new to PC Ghana but not to PC itself. On the other hand, it…

Jumana

Death happens. And it happened two weeks ago while I was away at a training I was helping lead. I found out upon my return to Macondo. It was Jumana, a little girl and daughter of one of my counterparts. I had just seen her a couple weeks prior and she was her usual self:…

Beginning of the End

The Close of Service (COS) conference is just around the corner for us Dusters (the Official Unofficial name of my intake group) and I am sitting here wondering where time went. It feels like just last week I got back from England and my BFF visited me. Instead, the end of the rainy season is…

Project progress

This is going to be a mash update (puns intended) on the different projects in Macondo that I have recently blogged about (the last four in fact!). It really has been an eventful couple of months and definitely the highlights of my service – at least when it comes to project stuff. Atinya aka cashew…

Hope in a quarter acre

I do not consider the 2016 demonstration plot a success – yet. The point was to teach farmers some better (or best) agricultural practices, compare it to their current methods and let the difference in yields speak for itself. And the farmers, with that alone, were going to be convinced to change their ways, right?…

Fall armyworm strikes again

It is still only the beginning of the season up here in Northern region and the Fall Armyworm (FAW) has struck Ghana, north and south, bad. And it is not just Ghana. I feel like the northern regions should have been better prepared seeing as we now had a year of experience with this pest…

Atinya

Atinya, or as we know it, cashew, is not a nut I ever enjoyed. On airplanes, in the mixed nut pre-flight snack passengers get, I would always separate them out and my mom would happily take them. But like most nuts (actually, cashew is a seed but whatever), aside from the ground nut, I had…

Scholarship application process

Last week marked the application deadline for the Gender Youth Development (GYD) girls scholarship. This is an annual project Peace Corps Ghana has been doing for a few years now and its really something spectacular. This is what I shaved my head for! And we raised way more than my asking price. A HUGE thank…

Ghana Glo

A friend visited me in Ghana! And not just any friend but my BFF, one of my oldest friends – twenty years and counting – Gloria aka Glo. She is the friend who when we were kids, would not let me leave the house looking like a slob. And as the day progressed and my…

Macondo Manika

For the first few months of this year, nothing happened (my fault) and then in what seemed like a blink of an eye, I had a grant approved, my community was building and I just placed orders on a couple mills. But let me back up a little. Although haphazard, there was a process. A…

“So, in Ghana…”

Here I thought I was going to have all the time in the world to write while on vacation. Boy was I wrong. I did not even get a single blog entry draft in! Mid April to mid May, I got to spend in England. I had not been back in almost four years and…