I Love Ghana

This time three years ago, I was on a plane to Ghana. It was going to be my first time in Africa. And also, at eighteen, it was to be my first time at being away from home for an extended period of time. I was terrified.

The next day I travelled from Accra to Cape Coast. Women wearing bright colours wove in and out of the traffic, selling things from baskets on their heads. The baskets contained anything from loaves of bread to hairbrushes.

The next day, I met the kids at the orphanage I was volunteering at. They had so few material things, but seemed just as happy, if not more so, than children back in the UK. I immediately fell in love with all of them.

I am looking forward to seeing them all again, for the fourth time, this summer!

Damoiselle Damoiselle
18-21, F
2 Responses Feb 3, 2007

That's very inspiring! I have never been to Ghana, but I sponsor two orphans who live there. I have relatives in Ghana so I decided that if my money is going overseas, those are the people I wanted to help. Keep up the good work!!!

That's great. They are not exposed to the things that we are. Little things make them happy. I come from a fairly poor family and it is depressing when you see everybody going to places like the movies or getting thing that you could never get. But you learn to appreciate what you do have. Volunteer work is great. I do some when I am asked.