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Medical Outreach in Kumasi   (published in Ghana)

July 14, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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              The medical outreach sessions in Kumasi are often the volunteers’ favourite activity in their time here. They take place every Thursdays and Fridays and volunteers have a chance to treat the children first-hand.

              The process is straightforward – the volunteers go and visit a school or an orphanage to treat the children there. They treat the children who have small wounds, ringworm, infections and heat rash. The medical supplies that are available to us are limited, and so we can only attempt to treat the basic things. If a child has a serious problem, then they would be advised to go and see a doctor. There are no set guidelines to these outreach sessions, and volunteers are welcome to come out with any ideas to discuss with the medical coordinator, Enoch.

              One of the best things about going to visit a school is the reception you get upon entering the school. Hundreds of children start shouting and coming up to you and chants of “Obroni, Obroni!” start around the school. Not all the schools have the same vibe and energy, but the excitement the children have when they see white people is characteristic of Ghana. It is funny because that they are loud and crazy as a group, but if you pick them out individually, they are as tame as a lamb.

              It is amazing to see how many children with ringworm or heat rashes are left untreated and it is often the case that the problems have worsened to something ...

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Medical Outreach in Kumasi
Medical Outreach in Kumasi

A classroom transformed   (published in Ghana)

July 14, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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             just 2 weeks!

Thanks to the hard work of 15 volunteers: Francesca Brady, Nikki Barrett, Catherine White, Elizabeth Surprenant, Kara McClain, Kathryn Fahey, Jean-Patrick Clancy, Elena Bianco, Caroline Bratt, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Kerri Lammas, Mariama Turner, Laurene Bernard, Michelle Millasseua and Emma Andersson, the nursery class at Kwamoso Presbytarian School, who formerly used a tree for shelter, can now have a roof over their heads and a bright and colourful classroom to learn in.  Not only this, but in the two weeks they were here these volunteers spent their afternoons playing with the children at Mt Zion Foster home and Adom Daycare, they visited the local bead and wood markets, helped with weeding at the Projects Abroad Demonstration Farm, and fitted in a weekend trip to Cape Coast.  Thanks for being a great group and for working so hard.  I think you all deserve a well-earned rest!

By Anne Buglass

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A classroom transformed
A classroom transformed

Kumasi Zoo   (published in Ghana)

July 14, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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              The Bradt guide to Ghana describes the Kumasi Zoo to contain “a few depressingly cramped cages harbouring various primates (many are in solitary confinement, a fate as cruel to a chimp or a monkey as to a person)”.

              When a description of a zoo starts off like this in a guide, it really doesn’t give anyone the incentive to go there! However I waited until the veterinary volunteers were to be taken there so that I could go with them for free. (Yes!)

              The Bradt guide was accurate about the primates and cramped cages. The cages were far too small for the chimps and one male chimp was particularly annoyed and frustrated. It continued to bang on the cage and when we were watching it from close by, it came up to us and sprayed us with water from its mouth!

              The elephant in the zoo had died recently, probably due to the lack of space and slowly wasted away. The ears of the hyenas were infected and the lions did not have an awful amount of space either.

              All this sounds rather morbid, but it only highlights the state of affairs in Ghana. The zoo keepers are doing what they can to help these animals and fully acknowledge the problems that they have in the zoo, but need support and funding.                            


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Kumasi Zoo
Kumasi Zoo

Jamaica Patois,Cultural and Reggae Dance Class in Retrospect written by Denise Morgan (Social Manager)   (published in Jamaica)

July 13, 2010 by   Comments(0)


 “Anancy seh nyam.” That was one of the many commands echoing from July 12, 2010 Patois and Cultural class. The Patois and Cultural class is only two of the siblings for the Patois, Cultural and Reggae Dance Class family. The volunteers experienced the Jamaican spin on the game “Simon Says.” After a brief introduction to the patois words and their meanings, they were later commanded by Brother Anancy-(a tricky spider, who is an important character in Jamaican folklore who at times hoodwink and best his counterparts, who often times are animals. Anancy stories are said to provide readers with a moral and should not be taken as lightly as they appear) - to execute the commands.

Some of the commands given to the volunteers in patois were ‘siddung,’ which means to sit down and ‘bade ‘which means to shower or take a bath. The volunteers were asked to execute the commands with a hint of theatrics. At one point they were asked to face- off, a sort of battle of the sexes. A male and female stood in the middle of the volunteer’s lounge at the Projects Abroad Jamaica office, a command was then given in patois. The person who interpreted the command correctly as well as with the correct amount of drama won the face-off. At one point the command ‘choops’ was given. Now choops in patois means kiss. The volunteers erupted in laughter at this; however each volunteer was very chaste and offered a peck on the hand.

The cultural section of the day’s activities was simply themed ‘Duppy .’ This is the patois word for a ghost or spirit. The volunteers were given a brief overview of what the duppy is and what it symbolizes in Jamaican culture. They were given tips on how to chase the ...

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Jamaica Patois,Cultural and Reggae Dance Class in Retrospect written by Denise Morgan (Social Manager)
Jamaica Patois,Cultural and Reggae Dance Class in Retrospect written by Denise Morgan (Social Manager)

Jamaica - No Problem   (published in Jamaica)

July 13, 2010 by   Comments(0)



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Jamaica - No Problem
Jamaica - No Problem

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