Challenging traditional gender roles

Following the GLO/BRO Camp in late April, another PCV facilitator, Amy, invited me to her site to run a similar workshop with part of her health club. Apparently the girl who suggested we do skits on gender inequality was one of the participants at the GLO/BRO Camp – I like to think she was inspired by…

Dumso

Dumso: “lights off” meaning an electrical black out. Macondo does not have electricity and is therefore in perpetual dumso. Which is odd because there are functioning electrical lines going right passed us. I have been to remote communities in the bush and they have electricity. So, why not call up the electric company and hook us up…

Ni ti wumpu

“I hear the bad news” My Chief died and hours later he was buried. It was all held at his home (the body of a Chief is buried inside his home) and by the time I arrived, it is as if I was late. Women were chanting part of the call to prayer: “La ilaha illallah” {Often…

On the shores of the Gulf of Guinea

Ghana has 334 mi / 539 km of coast facing out onto the Gulf of Guinea. So far, I have only explored the town of Cape Coast, about 80 mi / 127 km west of Accra. I traveled down with a handful of other PCVs for a few days during the peak of the dry…

Tisuŋ ni Taba

Third time seems to be the charm – I had a successful Girls’ Club meeting! The previous times, girls forgot or showed up an hour late. That is life here though. In the village (I cannot speak for the cities), you have to remind people the day before and expect them to be late anyway. It is…