Hello Friends and Family!!
This is my week 9 of my amazing ADVENTURE! I cannot tell you how serial this experience has been thus far. A few times a day I have to remind myself where I am and what I’m doing with my time. I love every bit of my placement, culture, and the people. I do miss home I’m not going to lie, I guess I miss more of the amenities such as water, electricity, feeling clean, easy/fast transportation, and of course faster and unlimited internet. Ha Although I miss all those things I would rather be deprived of that excessive things and extend my stay!
Things at CORM have been the same. I have my self- esteem group every day. However I will no longer be doing one- on – ones and rather I will add 3 more groups to my day! I will be facilitating an Anger management group, Respect and appropriate behavior group, and a social skills group. I will also be going into the KG classes and teach about emotions and appropriate behavior! It pretty abnormal to just be adding these groups in the middle of the term but I love the flexibility and freedom to add or discontinue my services as needed. This week my Self-esteem group and I created a large poster to hang on our bulletin. On the poster we came up with characteristics that make up our own identity. The students were really proud and excited about the project. It is now proudly hanging outside our classroom.
STY: My days always seem to be different each time I go to Save Them Young. This week I did do my individuals with the four students like usual. I also created a new project for myself to occupy my time. As I was playing with the little kids I came across a VERY disorganized room filled with donated items such as Clothing, book, toys, ect. I was so excited to see all the donations however I was confused why there was no organization to the items and WHY the items weren’t being used! So it is not my task to organize this room with a few of the older kids. I know this is not a social worker task however I see the need and I plan to satisfy the need! I still play with the children and basically hug and kiss babies all day which is TOTALLY fine with me! Some good news to share is that there is ANOTHER housemother that joined the Save Them Young team. This is so exciting to see! Within my time spent as STY I have seen 5 women join the team and provided the needed care for all the children. The orphanage is in much better condition now than is was when I first arrived. The facility is much cleaner and more organized. The children seen to have most of their basic needs met as well which is always a good thing!
SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE UK STUDENTS!!!- All the kids miss you and wish you were still there! They all call me all of your names! I really don’t know if they know my real name. You guys did such amazing work there and really impacted the kids!
I have a social life?! Haha I have been CRAZY busy that sometime I feel like my whole life is internship, which honestly I don’t mind! However, I do have a social life. Amy, Katy, Rikki, and myself often travel together on the weekends. This last weekend I was unable to travel with them to a local beach because I have a wedding to go to which I’ll talk about next! On Wednesday nights there is a bible study within the community I live in. Rikki, Amy and myself attend along with other volunteers from CORM and other Obruni missionary families. The bible study is a time when all the Obrunies can get together for a “check in” just to discuses any cultural issues or just American social time. Of course there is an actual bible study aspect to the group. I still have yet to meet up with my friend Michael whom I met last time I was in Ghana. I’m hoping to meet with him this weekend or next week! I’ll let you know how that goes!
All right everybody so my wish came true! I went to A Ghanaian wedding which was AMAZING! The bride and groom are friends my Mark and Rebecca’s (House parents). They went to Secondary school with the couple. There were many similarities and many differences between a wedding in America and Ghana.
The bride wears a white dress with a vale. There was a mother- son; and daddy- daughter dance! I thought that was really sweet! The wedding took place in the church that we attend on Sundays. The reception was outside at the Marina University. It was BEAUTIFUL! During the ceremony, which took about 2 hours, there were 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen. The church was FILLED! People were even outside listening to the service. The color scheme was white and royal purple. One difference I noticed immediately was that guests wore all different types of clothing ranging from prom dresses to jeggings and a nice top. Also the guests are welcome to wear any color. I saw people in WHITE dress, which in the States is not common for anyone besides the bride to wear white. Also close friends of the couple wore purple (the color scheme) to signify their close relationship with the couple. I wore purple because Rebecca told me to. It was a beautiful ceremony. Although in true Ghana fashion the service was to start at 1 and didn’t start till 2:30. Also the guests were welcome to come at ANYTIME even in the middle of the service. This is much different than the States! We only stayed for a short time at the reception because we had Michele and Elisa with us and they were getting restless. I was SO honored and blessed to take part in the wedding and experience a true Ghanaian Wedding! I wish I took pictures, although it was completely acceptable to take photos I felt uncomfortable taking pictures because I did not know the couple.
This experience is honestly indescribable. I am so blessed to have this opportunity. I just saw on Facebook that we will be graduating in less than 3 months and somehow I don’t believe its true. Maybe it’s because of the distance and the fact that I’m not on Campus but I cannot believe I will be leaving in 2 months and graduating in less than 3 months. TIME IS MOVING BY WAY TO FAST!
Well I think that’s all for now! I’ll post again hopefully next Sunday!
As always thank you for your love and support as I continue my amazing journey!