Walking down the dusty and warm streets of a village next to Cape Coast, I found myself in the entrance of the Leprosy Center. Along with the volunteers and the medical crew, our eyes started analyzing the place like a baby analyzing the new toy. So we started our way.
The blast of happiness from the children when they saw us arriving is something I won’t forget. We are going to give some medical supplies and attention to the people affected by this disease.
Knocking at the doors of the houses of the people we invited them to take the chance to receive a little treatment for their wounds. In these moments you feel great to be part of such eye-opening experience and also for the opportunity of bringing the medicine they need to treat the wounds.
They might have wounds in their bodies but someone of them told me that the wounds that really healed with our visit were inside.
Volunteers, medical crew and me headed off to Cape Coast to keep on going with our work so we got into a taxi and said goodbye to all the people who embraced us like a family.
No doubt this is an extremely interesting practice for those who want to dedicate their life to the medicine world!
Throughout the diverse cultures I’ve had the chance to see there is certainly an immense diversity in motivations for people. And then you can tell by the outrageous sights of the people you meet in life how determined they are to get what they call their dream.
In the case of Mamud Billa, motivation meets him and reaches others on its way. Starting his mission under a mango tree back in 1998, he has been teaching children whom circumstances do not allow them to join school. His school started with 5 kids.
‘Covered by the shelter of the mango tree we were used to learn together. Under the fresh shade of the talking tree they learned the numbers’ Mamud mentions.
The second period of the school, or better known as the ‘second mango tree period’ got much more kids. Mamud Billa was teaching to about 80 kids!
Now the school has been officially established. ‘Future Leaders Underprivileged Children Centre’ (UCC).
Mamud Billa goes out on a research for kids in hard situations and he invites them to join the school enabling them to have the basics of education. He also works encouraging the parents to send their children to school.
This way he has been able to send to higher education level schools to almost 115 kids! This is what we can call a great passion and a life-changing experience.
As the number of kids grows, he needs more help from volunteers who want to teach one-to-one. Through the help of others he strengthens his school and the education of the kids.
Projects Abroad joins his cause and volunteers are teaching in the school. We are happy to know that there is a great contribution done by the volunteers to the kids!
Congratulations to a man dedicating his life to the improvement of others’.
Margo and Catherine, two of our volunteers in Ghana celebrated their birthdays this month. Margo is on Care, Building and Medicine placements with us and Catherine is on Teaching and Building placements with us. They both finish their placements in December.
On 5th November they had a Birthday Party at Molly's house. Molly is one of our host families.
It was a big day for Margo as she celebrated her 18th birthday in Ghana.
All volunteers in Cape Coast including non-Projects Abroad volunteers were present at the party.
Most of the volunteers (girls) dressed in their African attire to show how happy they are to be in Ghana.
Volunteers had ice cream, popcorn, drinks, flour chips etc. and danced to both foreign and Ghanaian Hip-life songs till 11pm, when the party came to an end.