As the first majority African country to gain independence in 1954 Ghana was the hope of a continent. Things didn’t quite work out that way as the human nature of greed and corruption took over some of those in leadership positions. By the time I visited, 50 years later there was still a long way to go on the road to self-sufficiency and prosperity. Nevertheless they had made some amazing progress.
After my 8-week internship in rural Ghana I made numerous presentations about my experience. I presented to grad students, my church, and even at a national social work conference. It is important to share the story so that other may “get a whiff of the fragrance of Ghana,” as one Ghanian put it. But it is important that others get the chance to see what is happening – both the good and bad, so they can understand.
Below is a copy of the standard presentation that I gave upon my return. You are saved from hearing all of my rambling stories that accompany each slide. There are a lot of picutres and probably some terms you might not know. Here are a view important ones:
ICT – Information and Communication Technology Telecentre – basically a community center with a technology emphasis.
So without further ado:
I would be happy to answer any questions you might have in the comment section. During my time in Ghana I actually saw several World Vision vehicles driving around – they have several programs occuring throughout the country. Team Cross actually supports a child in northern Ghana. You can read about the country and World Vision’s work there. Some of the projects are updating classroom facilities, drilling wells for clean water, and helping immunize children.
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Team World Vision
Team World Vision is a fund raising arm of the organization which uses ordinary people like me, to get ordinary people like you involved in ending poverty and injustice across the world. I have decided to commit the 26.2 miles of my first marathon to the memory of and in honor of the children I have met during my international travels. I can’t remember all of their names, but I have many pictures and stories.
On the right side of my blog there is a widget that will allow you to support me during this race or you can visit this secure page. I have set a goal of raising $2,000 which will help children have a chance at living to become adults across Africa.