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PWA Volunteer Lois working with vulnerable chidren in Ghana, West Africa

Lois - UK

Programme Completed: New - The PWA Daycare & Nursery Centre

Date Posted: 18/08/2016

Before arriving I didn't know what to expect and was walking into something I had never done before but had always wanted to do. I am so thankful for Partner West Africa for giving me the chance to have such an incredible experience, which I will cherish for a life-time.

 

 

"Hi, I'm Lois and I've just finished over a 3 week volunteer project here with Partner West Africa (PWA) [through their internal volunteering department: Volunteer West Africa]. 
 
Before arriving I didn't know what to expect and was walking into something I had never done before but had always wanted to do. This left me with much excitement to look forward to. On arrival I was picked up by PWA's Inusah and Peter, both of whom had friendly faces and were very welcoming and throughout my time I gradually got to know them more whilst working on my project. When driving back to the house late at night I was so shocked at how different even a car journey was. Seeing people walking down the middle of the roads trying to sell items was something I had never experienced before but throughout my time it definitely became the norm and actually became quite useful on long car journeys when needing a quick snack or drink!
 
Overall there were 8 other volunteers at the volunteer guest house with us which gave me a great chance to socialise and get to know what projects everyone else was working on and even helping them out where possible. It also gave me a great opportunity to do a weekend excursion to the town of Cape Coast, where we got to visit Cape Coast Castle and walk through a tree-top canopy at Kakum National Park. Also, on spare afternoons or on weekends we'd visit Big Milly's for a good chance to socialise with the local people. At night there would usually be a group playing traditional African music and every Saturday it was Reggae night which was an experience in itself that I loved. 
 
Another trip I experienced was visiting a completely different community, Agbogbloshie, which is a huge shanty town built around and over a toxic dumping site in the capital city, Accra. On our visit, we were able to meet a lady, Lamina, who looked after up to 50 children on a daily basis, and who PWA support. Seeing such a small room with so many people in it was overwhelming and powerful but Lamina managed all the little children so well and clearly has a big heart. 
 
Throughout my project I have worked with a friend, Jesse, on a project aiming to provide the nursery with sports equipment and creating a sports programme to inspire the teachers to have a go at the activities that are possible and to demonstrate them. This included taking the children to the beach for 'Beach Friday' where we experienced much madness and excitement, as expected, but was truly heart-warming. The activities we did included an obstacle course, relays with batons, football and using the parachute. This day was hugely successful and was definitely unforgettable. Jesse and I have also made a nursery promotion video that was challenging but worthwhile. 
 
Seeing the living conditions first hand of what the Ghanaians sadly live in and comparing it to home was a huge mind blow and made me realise how simple my life was, like being able to jump in the shower and getting clean drinking water from the tap or even going to school. For the children here, having a shower consists of a bucket of water and clean drinking water is bought in bags. This has been a huge life experience for me and has taught me many lessons that I will remember for the rest of my life. The friendliness of people and the tight community that Ghanaians live in is extraordinary and is truly admirable. I am so thankful for PWA for giving me the chance to have such an incredible experience, which I will cherish for a life-time."
 
 
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