I finished up the Volta Village Life and Service program this past week with trips to Cape Coast and Kumasi.
In Cape Coast we climbed an old European lighthouse to get a view of the city at sunset. The lighthouse was built not just as a beacon to ships at sea but also as additional defense for the nearby Cape Coast Castle against inland attacks by the powerful Ashanti people. The cannons still remain pointed at the surrounding countryside, now rusty from a couple hundred years of salty sea air.
In Kumasi we did some service work with the Street Children Project group. They reach out to kids who have moved to Kumasi from the north to find work on the streets selling various items that they carry around on their heads. Most are young girls who don’t have a place to sleep besides on the streets and this leaves them especially open to assault. They tend to gather and rest together in large groups for safety, so we found a bunch of them hanging out near an old railway station and invited them to eat lunch with us.
The Volta program ended on Wednesday and I am currently with another “Off The Map” group. I’ll do my best to update the blog soon with our happenings. We will be attending a mass celebration for the death of the president at the end of next week that should yield some interesting images. This is my last program in Ghana for the summer, I’ll be returning to the US after this wraps up.