June 11 – June 24, 2015 – Letter from Krobo Staff
Remember when you all did amazing squats and made 22 bricks! I am so proud of you ladies working hard in the heat to leave behind a wonderful gift to the Krobo community. Thank you all for your respect and commitment, not only to the GLA program, but to each other.
Sixxxx! I literally cannot say the number 6 without thinking of our never ending evenings playing Ludu. When you weren’t consumed by Ludu, you managed the classroom with such ease and maturity and even taught the students some great dance moves and songs. Daddy Shark…do do do do do. They were still singing it after you left.
You all had such amazing energy throughout the program, whether hiking to Boti falls and the top of umbrella rock, wrangling Kote at the park, or shoveling sand to make bricks. Thank you for being such an easy and fun group to work with and I hope to meet you all again soon!
July 30 – August 11, 2015 – Letter from Krobo Staff
This group was truly the girl power group. 15 lovely ladies arrived at our cozy homebase in Krobo. I must admit I was very nervous about the prospect of an entire girl group but you were all some of the sweetest, kindest, and funniest teenagers I have ever worked with. You left your experience having been fully initiated as Krobo women, you learned all the customs and expectations of that role. If there is one thing you all seized the opportunity to do, was shop. From crafts to fabric to beads, you stocked up on Ghanaian souvenirs. We shared every meal together and you guys tried everything from peanut stew to lots of yummy tomato based dishes. We devoured the fruits, especially watermelon and mango and some of you learned that you love plantains and yams, while others did not.
You went to service site, it was no easy feat but you worked hard. Some of you chose to go to the nursery, while others opted to teach the older students. We first learned how to be cement bricks, the exhausting task made you all appreciate how much work goes into some of the structures you see everyday. You followed that up with teaching English lessons, songs, dances, and even some yoga. I was so impressed by your maturity, poise, and ability to connect with the students even through a language barrier or disability. I know some adults who wouldn’t have been able to handle the classroom and nursery experience as well as you did.
You had such positive attitudes throughout our 2 weeks together. Even during the great water shortage of 2015 you bucket bathed like champs and some of you even preferred it! I will never forget being serenaded Taylor Swift before lights out, listening to you all share relationship advice, and watching you all wrangle the 30 or so children who came to spend the afternoons with you in the park, especially my favorite Kote. I have no faith you will all continue on in a life of service and adventure and I am so happy to have been a part of that journey with you.
All the best,