Probably, you are thinking what happened to us after we returned form the Ghana trip? How those two weeks and the experiences impacted us, and people around us?
Well, we have been talking a lot about the trip, the experiences, the feelings, and the people. We shared with our families and friends, then with the peopleCare Management Services Team. We discussed the benefits of the trip, how the two weeks impacted the day to day operations and our co-workers as everybody needed to do a little extra to cover for 7 people’s absences. We also, discussed the future plans. A few ideas were toss around, great ideas.
Today, there was a peopleCare Ghana presentation at MEDA’s breakfast meeting. Some of us were there and shared some of the experiences and a lot of pictures (a slide show was running in the background). It was a good meeting. We were asked a lot of questions, about Ghana and peopleCare.
We are also working at a presentation for Operational Planning ( Oct 23-24) and we are planning to visit the homes to share the Ghana experience with staff, residents and families.
As you can see, our journey has not stopped… stay tuned … more to come…
Today we had the extreme pleasure of visiting the Canadian embassy in Ghana, it was a nice visit to Canada! We met with Canadian high commissioner of Ghana and Sierra Leonne who explained to us about the role of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). For those of you that don’t know, DFATD is helping fund the MEDA grow project and multiplied every dollar we raised by 9! Which means the close to $40 000 we were able to raise actually equals $400 000 for the GROW project!
We also met Tina and Daniele from Canada who told us about their work and how important it is now that we go home and spread the message of the GROW project and continue to do great work!
We also want to say a huge thank you to everyone home in Canada who made peopleCare run smoothly while we were gone! Trust me, your hard work has not gone unnoticed and we frequently talk about your support in all of our meetings!
We fly out tonight to return to Canada and cannot wait to share our stories with you! We had a truly inspirational time in Ghana!
Keep checking out the blog, even after we return to hear about our reflections of the trip! We are preparing ourselves for reverse culture shock as we get used to our comfy lifestyles again at home.
Thanks again and we will see you soon!
Sorry for being a little lax on writing the blog! On Saturday morning, we jumped on a plane and flew back to Accra where we were greater by Tony, our driver who drove us to the Cape Coast and the Coconut Grove Beach Resort. We spent the evening on Saturday, all day Sunday and Monday morning reflecting on the past week and everything we had seen. We also did some water aerobics and took some nice walks on the beach!
On Monday afternoon, we traveled the short distance to Elmina Castle, the biggest slave castle in west Africa. Most slaves who made it to the new world passed through this castle. To say the castle was an emotional experience is an understatement, we all had a hard time putting into words how we felt about the day. That being said, it was an amazing experience and we were all so glad to your the castle.
Our tour guide said that now we have seen the castle, it is our responsibility to teach others about what happened there and to use it as a lesson to stop the oppression of anyone, anywhere in the world which is still happening today. We all left the castle a little different, I think.
We made our way back to Accra and finally battled through the crazy traffic and made it to e hotel about five hours later! We enjoyed dinner at Toro’s Tapas restaurant and turned in for the night.
Tuesday morning, we made our way to ESMI, a project that aims at distributing mosquito nets to eliminate the infection of malaria, which kills a large number of people a year in Ghana. We then went for lunch and visited a distributed of the nets who then showed us around his pharmaceutical warehouse (this man owns 11 pharmacies, drug manufacturing plants, a water bottling company and many more businesses!) he also gave us a motivational speech that not every one agreed with!
The rest of the afternoon we spent shopping (I actually took a nap instead!) before eating dinner at the hotel. We are still deciding if we are going to go out tonight, or if we will just turn in early for our last night in Ghana!