Archive for July, 2008

in a small village

Monday, July 21st, 2008

I visited a small village without electricity and helped the school principal write math equations on his laptop

Back in Togo

Friday, July 11th, 2008

I just spent 5 days in Ghana on vacation.  The capital Accra blew me away with its infrastructure and other major differences.  I was wondering why and heard on the radio that 70% of Ghanas budget comes from foreign aid.  (Did I hear that right?)  Togo gets very little foreign aid, although that is changing.

I went to Cape Coast and visited a “castle” on the ocean; slaves were shipped out from these castles.  We saw the horrible dungeons where they were kept for months and the final door which took them out of Africa forever. 

We also went to the Kankun National Park.  It was an excellent example of a national park, and I was pleased to see busloads of Ghanian children being brought in for the canopy tour.  (The national park near me in Togo has an one day entrance fee for Togolese which is equivalent to one months salary for most Togolese.)

However, I’m glad to be back in Togo, away from the hustle, bustle, and traffic jams of Ghana.

greetings from Ghana

Monday, July 7th, 2008

I just got into Ghana for a quick vacation.  I will be here until Friday. In the capital, Accra, I felt like I was in America because of the infrastructure: overpasses!  street lights! sidewalks! big fancy banks!