1. I completed my first week in Ghana!
After some flight delays and extra time, I arrived Sunday July 15 to Accra. Dr. Ayorkor Korsah (founder of AFRON African Robotics Network) was kind enough to greet me at the airport. Together we picked up some items from the nearby mall, like a SIM card and some vegetarian groceries, picked up mushroom jollof rice at Efe’s, then arrived at Ashesi!
The week flew by very quickly. Each day after work finished for the day, I explored Berekuso, Kwabenya, and Accra. I made friends with an artist in the village. I have been practicing Twi daily with Sualah and everyone I meet. There are many new foods to try, but I tend to eat a lot of rice, drink lots of fruit juice, and eat fruit (bananas, oranges, mangos, and hopefully I will cut up my pineapple soon) and also fried plantains and roasted corn.
During the day, I have been able to work on videos with Diana for community awareness. These videos will be shown to Ashesi Freshmen during orientation. They demonstrate the clean drinking water on campus, suggest ways to reduce waste, and visit the water filtration systems to explain how it works.
We got the information that the Ashesi operations staff would get and and went around to the water meters. At each meter we entered the specific code and water reading on our cellphones to the database. Then we checked for accuracy, challenges, and successes. This was a great learning evaluation for us to coordinate the efficacy of this system.
3. We also had the change to visit with the U.S. Embassy in Ghana
A funny story is that when we arrived I was holding my camera in my hands. I was not taking a photo, but you could mistake me looking at my camera for that. I had just realized that we arrived at the embassy and quickly put my camera away. A quick guard saw the camera and needed to bring me to security/check-in to make sure I had no embassy photos. I did not have any, they gave me back my camera and nothing else needed to be done. The rest of the visit was smooth. Let that be a warning for future travelers.
4. This weekend we will travel with Selase to the Volta region
We will see Wli Waterfalls, the highest waterfall in Ghana, and I will get a chance to learn a little Ewe to speak with Sela and his family.
5. Next week, unfortunately, will be my last week in Ghana
Finally a group pic of the whole CMU team in Ghana! Here we stand outside of the library