As promised, I mentioned in an earlier post that I would talk more about Anansi. The woman we stayed with in Ghana, Kathryn Roe, is the founder and director of this organization, a non-profit that funds the high school education of students in Ghana, West Africa. As luck would have it, another guest arrived and was working on getting an application called RACHEL (Research Access Computer Hot-spot Education and Learning) into the ICT departments in the schools in Cape Coast. I was able to tag along on and visit several schools in the area to talk to the ICT department heads and visit several of the students that Anansi supports. Our whole family was also able to help out with the annual student meeting, which was an incredible way to get to know more about these students, their struggles in school, and their wishes for the future. All of the students come from homes that are not able to meet the financial demands of three years of high school. The gift of sending these kids through high school changes not only their lives, but, in many cases, the lives of their families and, quite possibly, their entire village. Donors are paired with a student and asked to make a three-year commitment to helping their student. Students write letters to their sponsors letting them know how things are going in school and about their lives in Ghana. If you’re looking for an organization to support that directly impacts a student, I would encourage you to check out Anansi.
We made a few new friends in Ghana too. There are two young men who live at Kathryn’s home that help out with the work around the house as well as the running of Anansi when she is not there. Mohammed and John were incredibly welcoming. They showed us around the village of Mpeasem, helped us navigate around town on shared taxis, and even cooked dinner most nights. They will be missed!
Food – Ray tried quite a few African dishes, but didn’t end up with any new favorites. The one thing that I loved was kelewele – spicy fried plantains. I really just like saying the word too (kay-lay-way-lay). We drank a ton of water in Ghana, mostly from water sachets, which are everywhere. Surprisingly, these little packages of water hold 500 ml.
Even though Ghana didn’t end up like we had imagined, we made the most of it and had a great time. We met some really fun people and learned a lot about Ghana from the people we stayed with. It was definitely unlike any other place we have been.