One month has passed in the three days we have been here in Ghana. So many impressions, so many smiles and encounters, so many colors, so much heat en sweat. We are not sure whether we fully landed yet, but we sure like it here!!
No day might beat our first Sunday. Strolling the neighborhood after arriving at our guesthouse late the previous evening, we walk into Marcus, or Atta Akra, or Coach. We order coconuts at the side of the street next to the field where he is playing football. He overhears us talking Dutch and shouts; "Hey, hoe gaat t?" Quite a surprise to hear this after you just traveled 5000 km. Atta lived in Wageningen for some time and moved back to Ghana just 3 years ago to set-up his school program, Rainbow over Ghana, empowering kids through education and football.
We could not imagine this encounter led to a complete day full of meeting people, enjoying meals, discovering the city by local transport ( the tro tro) and realizing complex social issues of life in Accra. After a relaxing lunch in a club enjoyed with business men in town, we traveled to New Town, the neighborhood where Atta grew up and where he is now trying to help kids build a future through his program. Floods are just one of the problems the people are facing here. Contrast of these experiences couldn't be bigger.
Many impressions (light and heavy) to digest. But above all, what a wonderful hospitality do we experience here. Atta tells us it's in one's nature to help outsiders. It's incredible how safe we feel here from just meeting strangers around. Everybody is so kind and curious; it's an inspiration,
More about our first days at the office of Witteveen+Bos and excursions soon!