Ghana, del ett.

I am in Ghana. It’s ridiculously hot (for me anyway, I’m not used to this heat) and I can’t say that I’m enjoying myself much. Physically it’s like I expected – but psychologically, it’s been horrible so far.

The orphanage is extremely poor. We bathe by splashing ourselves with water from buckets. There is a toilet, but the stuff goes straight down onto the ground below. The food we’re served is pretty much just stuff to make us full – nothing tastes very good (except cocoa, pineapple and other fruits that we’re served; those are delicious).

But all in all, it’s mostly a matter of it being so very, very different from home. All things put together, with everything from Malaria pills and brushing your teeth out in the open and spitting on the ground, to eating food I can barely stomach, to sleeping in cots that are tiny and hard and where the mosquito net is bare inches from my face…

We have had good times. Yesterday we watched the stars at night and it’s so dark here that you can see many, many, many more stars than at home. I cuddled with Bebe, one of our two youngest kids, and tickled her until she was laughing so hard she could barely breathe. And yesterday Carin and I went out for a walk for over an hour and when we got back, we got to eat pineapple, cocoa fruit and their kind of oranges, which are green and not as sweet but still good.

The days are spent like this: We wake at 5.30 or 6am (on our own, because that’s when it gets light and since we go to bed at 9 or so, we’re done sleeping at six). We get breakfast (this morning oatmeal, yay, which was better than yesterday’s rice and spicy soup with tuna…). Then we clean the children (bucket of water, soap, bucket to pour the water over the kids) and then ourselves. After that, they either get breakfast or we start teaching (the order of this depends on when the adults are done with the food). We teach math and English at our own discretion, but it’s difficult because the kids, aged 3-10 or so, aren’t on the same level and most of all, they barely know English. So trying to teach them English isn’t easy, nor is explaining math.

We seem to have the afternoons pretty much off, after serving the kids lunch. Carin and I decided yesterday to go for long walks in the afternoon, because time slows when we have nothing to do, and then we start angsting about wanting to go home. So yesterday we walked for an hour and then got back and we eat some fruit and then dinner a while later. Then it gets dark at about 6pm. By 8.30 or so, we get ready for bed.

And now I’m chatting with a friend from Sweden and suddenly things aren’t looking as horrifyingly bleak. I’ll take one day at a time. I hope everyone is having a good summer so far, and I’ll hopefully get online again in a few days – we’re planning on going on a trip, either to Accra or somewhere else, this weekend.

2 Thoughts on “Ghana, del ett.

  1. Lillebror on 9 June 2010 at 17:31 said:

    Låter som att du ändå verkar kunna trivas där nere i längden. Det är alltid jobbigast i början och jag minns själv känslan av att bara vilja åka hem. Men det växer på en och man vänjer sig och helt plötsligt vet man inte vilken dag det är och allt känns naturligt. Du kan trösta dig med att vädret här hemma suger och det regnar typ varje dag så jag sitter mest inne och varvar det med träning. Hoppas du börjar trivas bättre och tänk positivt, detta kommer du minnas hela livet, och då minns du förmodligen bara de bra delarna dessutom. :)

    Du gör något väldigt bra och jag tror att de som bor där uppskattar det mycket, det får du ta till dig, och sen se det som en annorlunda upplevelse. Hoppas du kommer ut på nån safari eller ser lite djur i alla fall, det är alltid roligt. :) Kram, Henrik

  2. Anneli on 9 June 2010 at 19:53 said:

    Låter som du och Carin börjar acceptera livet i Ghana. Att det inte skulle vara som i Sverige var ni nog beredda på men kanske inte så fattigt som det är i verkligheten. Ni kommer att klara detta galant.
    Du har fått KemiIII godkänt på Ladok, jag väntar på Biologin men den kommer nog imorgon.

    Njut av värmen för här regnar det och är inte speciellt varmt. Kramar från mamma o pappa


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