Ghana, a West African country, is bordered by Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Benin, and the Gulf of Guinea. Ghana was colonized by the British and has thus become an English speaking country. A very safe and friendly place, Ghana welcomes tourists and has a relatively low crime rate compared to other countries in Western Africa. While in Ghana, I stayed in cities of Tema and Accra.
During my stay in Ghana I visited an OSU Children’s Orphanage and spent a day working with Habitat for Humanity. The children’s orphanage was quite an experience; the kids ranged anywhere from 1 day old to 13 or 14-years-old.
I spent the day either rocking a baby to sleep, feeding a baby, painting little girls' nails and in turn allowing them to paint mine!
I helped kids learn to read, I sat and was a customer in a little girls “beauty salon,” and I learned about the everyday lives of these children living in the orphanage.
It was truly a joyful moment to see the kids' faces light up as we exited our bus and dispersed into their community. It was blissful to see their pride and excitement as they grabbed each of our hands and gave us a tour of their home, of their school, and of their friends.
Aristotle once said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” If I can say that I put a smile on these children's faces and made a difference in just one of their lives, then my trip to Ghana was complete.
Habitat for Humanity was a long day to say the least. All Semester at Sea students broke up into groups of about 13 and we got started on our projects. My group worked alongside a future homeowner and shoveled dirt from a mound into the living room in order to lay the foundation for the home.
It wasn’t long until the children came running around the corner to help. There were five and six year olds who were running back and forth and taking shovels out of our hands in order to show us the right way to move dirt!