Hello again! I’m really enjoying life in rural Ghana and I’m sad we are already half way through our stay here. Every morning at 6:30 am we work out as a group to jump start our day. At dawn the temperature has yet to rise so it’s very pleasant to stretch, run, work out, and get the day started. However, in the afternoon, during the peak heat times, I do everything I can to seek refuge indoors. The blazing sun and the orange dust, which sticks to your skin, becomes a lot harder to deal with in 100+ degree weather.
While adapting to the climate here, I’m also adapting to working in the clinics. We have met many doctors who spent hours showing us their average workload. It’s amazing to see it all first hand. Last week I even assisted in delivering a baby! It was interesting seeing the process, but the pain the woman was in made me scared of giving birth one day. It was so intense that someone in my group nearly passed out. We really are being pushed past our comfort zones in order to obtain the fullest understanding.
Last week we had a weekend away at Cape Coast. Cape Coast is one of the largest ports on the coast of Western Africa that used to ship Africans to the Americas in the trans-Atlantic Slave trade. We went to various castles that used to house thousands of slaves at a time before they were shipped off. At one castle, Elmina, there were, on average, 1,000 men and women every 3 months and the castle was in operation for 400 years, so the amount of people who passed through those walls is absolutely atrocious. Despite these castles actually being dungeons, they were very beautiful. These castles were also the governors’ residence and the church everyone went to Sunday morning. So the castles presented a huge juxtaposition, as they housed prayer and faith to God upstairs, with people who had everything stripped from them downstairs. It was heartbreaking walking through the chambers while trying to calculate the amount of people who were affected by this (I don’t think we’ll ever know the full answer).
With 3 weeks left in Ghana, 4 abroad, and 7 on the program, I’m trying to soak up every moment here.
Love you all,