Homegoing

I cannot remember when or who made the existence of the book Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi known to me. But it was soon after it hit the shelves in 2016 because it was an instant success and I have been waiting for over a year to read it. The story begins in 18th century Gold…

Why is Peace Corps still in Ghana?

This week marks Peace Corps 57th anniversary. On 1 March, 1961, President Kennedy signed Executive Order 10924, establishing the Peace Corps (PC). In August of the same year, the first Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), teachers, arrived in Ghana to start their service. Peace Corps has been operating in Ghana for 57 uninterrupted years, having arrived…

Ghana see my Best Friend – Part 1

Guest Blogger: Gloria L. 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…

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…

“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…

Women: Making a difference since time immemorial

Today I want to highlight individual women in Macondo who are super in every sense of the word. They are strong, hardworking, caring, kind and wow have they made all the difference in my service. Without them, I simply would not be anywhere near as content as I am in Macondo. For International Women’s Day,…

60 years of Independence

Yesterday marked Ghana’s 60th year of Independence. What a young country! And the first in Africa to have gained independence from colonial rule. Four years later, Peace Corps was born and as they say ‘learned to walk in Ghana’ – it received the very first PCVs ever. This last week marked Peace Corps’ 56th birthday…

More than ever

Yesterday, I woke up, excited at the prospect of a female President of the United States of America. How far in the dust had she left Trump?! All too quickly my giddy emotions drained and were quickly replaced with dread and a sadness that rendered me immobile. I started crying and he had not even…

Tisuŋ ni taba: contraception

Mid August we had our seventh girls club meeting and we covered family planning. In the session before, we focused on HIV/AIDS and did a condom demonstration. Conversation turned to contraception thus providing me with the topic for our next meeting. To prepare, I visited a nearby clinic and our district hospital. I particularly wanted…

Fatimata

Fatimata is my Macondo mom. In one of the first meetings I had with a Farmer Based Organization (FBO) from the village, I asked Rauf, my CP to tell the members to invite me to things. Anything. To tell them I enjoyed work. It was the best way I felt I could start to get to…

We are all the same

I cried last night. The whole day I had been in a bad mood. Somehow off, unable to identify the source of this melancholy. It was the last thing I expected after the good mood of celebrating the 4th of July and Eid al-Fitr. Trying to shift my foul mood, I thought to do a…