Dear all at Southwater Junior Academy,
Today has been a settling in day. As I am part of a team who are returning to see what the people have been up to since their last trip, we spent our day at the main centre in Accra. We heard stories of the
progress being made by the villagers and how they have introduced micro businesses to their communities, as well as hearing about the teaching
they have been giving on health, nutrition and bee keeping. The weather was warm and dry when we first woke up. Although it was overcast, the temperature was in the high 20s – no jumpers or coats required. We drove to the centre on the main roads through Accra – these were in good condition and had very few potholes. The driving on the other hand was a little scary at times. There was a lot of hooting from horns as drivers pushed their way across lanes narrowly missing one another. When we turned off the main roads onto the side streets, the story was a little different. Potholes could be found along the road and high speed bumps also proved hazardous.When we stopped at traffic lights, many street sellers appeared as if from nowhere. They sold all kinds of goods from fruit to sweets, towels to toilet rolls, mops to windscreen wipers. Many of the sellers kept their goods on top of their heads as they weaved in and out of the stationary
cars looking for business. Along the edge of the road stood many huts.
They were about the size of one Year 5 cloakroom, but inside were more goods that were being sold. Some even had people with sewing machines
working on clothes. The afternoon soon came and with it came the rain. It was loud and heavy, with lightning and thunder in the distance. I have never seen raindrops so big; they bounced as they hit the floor. The storm drains, although very deep, soon filled as the rain fell and the rain simply washed part of the side streets away. The trouble with rain in Ghana is that when it rains on a road that is not tarmacked, it washes away the surface, creating cracks. These cracks then erode to make holes as
people drive over them and they get bigger and bigger with time.
When we left the main centre (in the rain), we soon joined Accra rush hour. Unlike rush hour in the UK, Accra rush hour involved a lot of pushing into small gaps and hooting of horns. It is unlike anything I’ve
Tomorrow, I will be heading to Yahoman where one of the schools is located. I will be working with the teachers, meeting the children and may even have the opportunity to teach! If you have any questions for the children, I’d love to know them to ask them for you. Ask your teacher to send me an email with them on.
Hope you have a wonderful day and learn lots.
From Miss Lush x