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PWA Volunteer Jackie with children on the International Schools Partnershipe Programme

Jackie - UK

Programme Completed: New - The PWA Daycare & Nursery Centre

Date Posted: 25/07/2016

My visit to Partner West Africa (PWA) was a professional one. I have been a trustee for PWA for a year, and although I obviously know what happens in Ghana, I wanted to see it for myself, to visit the projects, and get a feel for it all first hand. Not a day has gone past since my return that I have not thought about my time in Ghana and wished I was back there. Two weeks is not enough. It was the most amazing, rewarding experience I have had and I hope to return as soon as I can. 

"It has been over a week since my return and the incredible sadness of leaving Ghana is starting to subside and I can finally write about my experience! 
 
My visit to Partner West Africa (PWA) was a professional one. I have been a trustee for PWA for a year, and although I obviously know what happens in Ghana, I wanted to see it for myself, to visit the projects, and get a feel for it all first hand. Well I certainly got that and more! I took my daughter Rebecca with me who had just completed her GCSE's, as I thought that it would be a great experience for her too.
 
The volunteer guest house and its residents, both volunteers and staff are wonderful. Matt and Inusah work tirelessly to make PWA the best is can be, and the staff run the house like clockwork, providing a real home from home feel, from Sarah - PWA's 17 year old local intern - singing and baking cakes, to Mary - PWA's Cook - providing home cooked Ghanaian food that I am completely hooked on! 
 
I had the most comfortable bed ever and even the shower running out of water half way through a hair wash didn't faze me, it is all part of the experience. I was lucky to be there at the same time as two long term volunteers, Brooke and Sophie, who were able to share their experiences, help us settle in and show us the ropes! 
 
I loved that the PWA Daycare & Nursery Centre is situated within the same site as the guest house house. It was lovely to hear the children arriving for school in the morning. The teachers - Big Lizzie, Small Lizzie and Connie - are fantastic with the children. I loved spending time with them all and helping in their classes. Be warned though, the children are addictively adorable and they love cuddles! I have missed them every day since I returned. These children have so little in comparison to those in the UK yet they seem so much more content with life.
 
I visited several PWA projects whilst there to observe, doing an arts and crafts project at a school for deaf and hearing impaired children, was a heart-warming experience, as was visiting two of PWA's partner schools, who are part of the International Schools Partnership Programme. It was absolutely great, the students were brilliant fun and it was a real honour helping them plan their next shared educational exchange project.
 
I also visited Agbogbloshie on two occasions as this is an area that I will be doing project work for in the UK. As regular PWA followers will know, Agbogbloshie is a hazardous waste dump, it is one of the 5 most polluted and toxic places in the world. PWA support a friend and partner there, a lady called Amina who provides day care for up to 50 children a day. It was an experience that I have struggled to put in to words. Agbogbloshie on the face of it is as grim as grim can be: it is dirty, the drainage channels are blocked, full of rubbish and stagnant contaminated water, and the smell of rubbish and sewage is only made worse by the heavy acrid smoke that comes from the smouldering dump, where people burn through the toxic rubbish to release copper and valuable materials that they can sell on. However what you can only see in person is the vibrant, lively community that lives there and, that, is a memory that I will cherish forever. People here make the most of their lot, they laugh, they joke, they want to say 'hi' and here about where you are from, the contrast to people in the UK that have everything they need yet are still not satisfied is unbelievable. Amina is a fabulous lady who works so hard to provide a safe environment for the children to be in. I really do hope, if I achieve nothing else from my visit, that I can help PWA ease her burden. 
 
I also had some awesome downtime whilst in Ghana, wandering into Kokrobite is great, it has a really good feel to it. It is bustling at all time of the day and if nothing else you can grab a drink or an ice cream or dip your toes in the sea! I also enjoyed watching Oshieye FC, set up by previous PWA volunteer Chris, play in a match against Kokrobite FC. A brilliant, passionate match that ended in a 2-2 draw. 
 
Finally, one of the best days was also the saddest. On my last day, the children in the nursery had cultural day where they all came dressed in their traditional tribal clothing. They looked so beautiful and it was a fantastic and emotional day for me, so sad to be saying goodbye to them. 
 
Not a day has gone past since my return that I have not thought about my time in Ghana and wished I was back there. Two weeks is not enough. It was the most amazing, rewarding experience I have had and I hope to return as soon as I can. 
 
Thank you to everyone that made our time special there, to all the staff at the different projects, to the PWA team and to the other volunteers, who made me feel like I was part of an big, extended family that I know will never loose."
 
 
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