Busua, Western Region

Traveling to Busua knocked off my bucket list traveling to all ten regions of Ghana. By no means does that indicate I have seen all there is to see here – far from it! I have yet to see the hippos in Upper West, sleep at the Kristo Buase Monastery in Brong Ahafo, sit on…

Mid-service reflections and developments

These past two months I have been inconsistent with my posts. A busy time with harvest, lots of travel and saying bye to newly minted RPVCs. Not long ago I wrote an entry marking my one year in country but now I am just past the mid-service mark and still feeling reflective, further compounded, I…

Integrated Pest Management and Striga

In November, the project I am linked with held a seminar to discuss two maize pest problems faced this season: Fall Armyworm (FA) and the Black Ant (BA). An entomologist based in the US and working on the project conducted the seminar and it was extremely informative and interactive. Macondo and our demonstration plot was…

A call for Boys Clubs

It is accepted that gender inequality cannot be solved without the participation from the dominant sex: men. For things to change, we should start young. Behaviors and gender roles are learned and learned young. They should also be challenged young. I am almost one year into service and I know countless volunteers, male or female,…

Ghana Get Some Books

English is Ghana’s official language. I have limited exposure in the south but generally, people speak it or understand enough to help us foreigners get by. The north feels like a different place (Tamale aside). I am not so far from my district capital, yet almost no one in my community speaks English and my…

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…

Why I voted

Today is it. Today, Americans head to the polls to decide who will be the next President of the United States of America. My Facebook posts yesterday were I guess a little too late. But maybe, maybe it reached one person who was thinking they would rather not spend their Tuesday morning standing in a…

Lake Bosomtwe

Lake Bosomtwe is a little gem, hidden away among high hills in the Ashanti Region. It was this trip I finally considered myself as having been in the region. Passing through and staying in Kumasi for trainings just did not cut it. I almost did not go on this trip but after an emotionally draining…

Field Day

On 5 October, the development agency I work with organized a field day at the Macondo demonstration plot for the community’s farmers and those of a neighboring community. In total 71 farmers attended and it was as even a split as possible between men and women. Babies in attendance not counted. We first gathered in…

One Year Mark

This week, last year, 28 Americans arrived in Ghana to begin the required training to become PCVs. Today, 24 remain (not too shabby!) scattered throughout the country. But what has happened in between? I can say, refer to my posts of the last year, but that is not enough. Only now that I have a…

Sissala East: The forgotten corner of Ghana

Sissala East (SE) is a district in the Upper West region of Ghana, bordering Burkina Faso to the North and Upper East Region to the east. I hear the people of Tumu, the district capital, identify more with Burkina Faso than Ghana. I, along with Papa Roach (PR), another PCV, travelled to the district from…

Month two: demonstration plot

The demonstration plot is only half way through as PAN53 takes 135-140 days to mature. Now we just wait. All the fertilizers have been applied: -Three applications on the demo side at planting, 4 weeks and 6 weeks. -Two applications on the farmers side, supposed to be at 2 weeks and 6 weeks. And the…