Seems like my days run on and I hardly see them pass by! A month has passed since I have arrived and it seems like the time I have left is not enough!
Let’s talk about work.
I have created a community assessment survey that I will use in one community to try and identify their needs. The assessment is broken down into self, family, community, health, transportation, teen sex and schools. My hope is that after doing this in one community then either while I am here or after I am gone, it can be used in other communities as well. I will be teaming up with Augustine and others to assist in the completion of filling the survey out.
I have already discovered that teens are having sex and that pregnancy has become a concern for many communities. Even on the radio yesterday there was a talk show on the increase of teen pregnancy. With this I have been going to schools and talking to the upper grades about using protection and how to say no. Previously I have done this with Augustine and we have talked to both girls and boys together. I talked with him about the hold backs in this, girls and boys not wanting to admit they have a boyfriend or girlfriend in front of each other, and we are going to now separate the genders and do same sex talks. The first talk this way is scheduled for Wednesday!
This morning I spoke to a woman who has been trained to be a leader of the Women’s Empowerment group through the epi-center. I hope to be able to work with her in creating a support group for girls who are dropping out of school due to pregnancy. I’ll let you know how this goes!
I also spoke to the Assembly Man in my community about the sanitation project I have been putting together. The idea is to dig three holes around the community that can be the community dumping spots for trash. Trash here is piled and the burned. In addition to this, I am organizing a group clean up date where community members come together and pick up the trash that is littering their community. In addition to these two things I have been doing education about sanitation and personal responsibility and importance to keeping the environment clean. My hope is that the combination of education and the common dumping grounds then the clean up days will eventually not be needed as people will take the trash from their homes to the holes.
I think this covers most of work.
Last night after dinner I went outside and hung out with my sisters, mom and a cousin. We were just sitting and talking and then somehow we got on the topic of tattoos, piercings, and religion. Fun right?! Anyone who knows me, my tattoos, piercings and views on religion would have loved to sit in last night. Long story short, they still love me despite my tattoos, piercings, and views on religion. J
Speaking of family…..the dowry list for me has begun to be talked about and Aben and Ester are ready to marry me off to a Ghanaian so that I will stay in Ghana. I have explained the concept of moving here without marriage and they don’t seem to think that is a good idea. “You are 22. You should be married. Having kids in the next two years.” Note to mom-I will not be getting married while here and I assure you I will be back in May.
That’s all for now! Feel free to comment with any questions or topics for future blogs!