When people ask me how my trip was I tell them: indescribable! From the tours by Samuel, Sally’s liaison in Accra, to the children at the Cherubs Orphanage, and the unmeasurable hospitality the people provide, really was a life-changing experience.
To start off, Samuel made me feel very safe and welcome and urged me to ask questions, think critically about Ghanaian society, and compare the infrastructure to that of the US. I was fortunate enough to stay as a guest in his home in Accra which was amazing. Samuel is one of those people you meet in life that is so positive, and all-around a great person that can make you smile. I got the chance to visit his office at the organization he works for.
Sally was always very communicative and helpful in terms of listening to feedback and taking action. I developed a bad sinus infection and had to go to the hospital and Sally called regularly to make sure I was okay. At first, when I arrived at her home in Kumasi I was under the impression I was staying with her family, instead, I stayed with the founders of the orphanage’s family. The placement was amazing, I had a working shower, a sink, and even a fan in my room which is rare.
The children were the most memorable component for me, I still have dreams about them running up to me screaming my name and “Obruni” as I pass through the gate to the compound and tackling me. The amount of love and hunger for learning inspired me in more ways than I can describe. I will be back one day to adopt a child from this experience. Note: you may be placed in different places but if you can be placed in Kumasi with Cherubs DO IT!
Check out my video of the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiSdk6vaGsY&t=20s