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ErinCraig

  • 32 years old
  • From Idaho, United States
  • Currently in Idaho, United States

Erin's adventures in Ghana

Many people have asked how they call follow my experience in Ghana. I'm hoping this blog will be a good way for everyone to read about my journey.

My last day at Sankofa

Ghana Cape Coast, Ghana  |  Sep 27, 2012
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This blog probably won't be nearly as long as I'd like it to be because I have a horrible headache and looking at the screen is difficult. Today was such a bittersweet day. I had to say goodbye to my sweet students. I had a really great last day with them tho. When I arrived at school this morning, I was met by David. He told me that he received a phone call from the owner of the current orphanage. The owner told him that he would need to be out of the orphanage by the end of the weekend if he could not pay rent. They are in the process of building a new orphanage. It's going to be really nice. The structure is built and the majority of the floors are tiled. There are no doors or windows yet but they are in the process of getting it complete. David asked me, along with the other volunteers, to help clean up the new orphanage. We all headed up there and did some cleaning. I helped scrub the tile in one of the bedrooms. We used old children's clothing as rags and we were washing the floors with dirty water, but somehow it worked.  It was actually really nice doing some work for the new orphanage. I will post pictures soon. We asked for a drumming and dancing performance because it was our last day. The children from the orphanage have a cultural group that performs around the Cape Coast area. They were awesome!!! It was so fun to see them drumming and dancing. They are very talented. I took a bunch of pictures and videos. After the performance, I hung out with the KG2 kids for a bit. I just adore those children. I will never forget their sweet smiles. I'm getting a bit emotional just thinking about them. One of my favorite students, little Richard, would ALWAYS smile SO big every time he saw me. He would also give me a thumbs up. I will miss walking by his classroom and seeing his sweet smile. He made all the frustrations worth it. So many of the children did. They will forever be part of me. I know that I was there to help teach them, but they taught me far more than I could EVER teach them. I took about 15 dresses to school with me today, just enough for the KG2 girls. I knew that I didn't have enough for every girl in the school so I wanted to take enough for one class. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to give them out but I decided to hand them to the teacher and have her do it since I knew I would be attacked if I did it :) The girls were so excited. I didn't stick around too long after because I felt bad that I didn't have enough for all of the other girls. I had a few girls chase me down and ask where their dresses were. I think I'm going to go back to the school and give out a few more dresses. There are a few girls that I really want to give dresses too. I also want to take my little BSU football that I bought to give to Richard. I know he would love it. My headache started on my way home from school. I'm not sure if its just from being emotional or what the deal is. I slept for about 2 hours after school, got up for dinner, hung out with the neighbor girls (who were wearing their cute new dresses), talked with Ali for a bit and now I'm back in bed. It's barely 8pm. I'm so ready for bed!Tomorrow I plan to spend the day in Cape Coast. I need to run a few errands in the morning and then I plan to spend the day helping Alex with her volleyball tournament that she is running for her program. Its hard to believe how quickly this past month went. it was pretty sad having my last walk with Nana this morning. I'm going to miss the gorgeous view of the ocean first thing in the morning, the friendly hellos from the friend's I've made, and my heart to hearts with Nana. As crazy as it sounds, I'm also going to miss the long, bumpy and  cramped drives to school. I've been so happy the past month. I don't know if I've ever smiled more. I really wish I was staying longer but I am going to enjoy this next month as much as possible :) Many many more memories to be made!Time for bed....I have a feeling its going to be a very busy weekend :) xoxo Love and miss you all!

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