Dave's EWB Placement

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Is that kid still alive????

Tumayola (how is work in mampruli),

I try to teach you all some mampruli everytime I post. There will be a quiz in August (but which day??? who knows??). So its been a while since I've posted, but I am alive and well (as well as sub saharan Africa is allowing me to be). Well , I'll kick off the post with work related stuff....git' er' outta the way. So it has been a pretty busy time since I spoke to you all last. I just had my district food security network meeting yesterday. Basically there are a ton of NGO'g and GO's in the region all working on food and agriculture related things but the right hand seldom knows what the left is doing....... at all. So basically we are trying to revive this network that acts as a forum for all these organizations to meet. It was set up in 2001 but when CARE international (an organization that set it all up) pulled out of the district the whole thing fell apart somethin' fierce. The meeting was pretty interesting, not at all what you would expect from a meeting back in north america. The chairperson came and went at his leisure and it was on lawn chairs but we moved inside (for fanta and biscuits and the remainder of the meeting) when the sun was too much. pretty laid back ...... even by my standards. So, now that that is out of the way I will be moving along to my Agricultural extension agent workshops on results based management and adult learning in the next two weeks (I might have internet access for the next two weekends so if you want to chat with me write back (dv886971@dal.ca) and ill answer your e mails when im in town ... I love hearing from you guys short or long). So now with that work stuff out of the way Ill tell you what ive been up to in the meantime. Some of you who wrote to me and heard back a couple weeks ago know that I went to Mole Game Park. It was pretty amazing although it had a major saminga ("white man" in mampruli - which i answer to now more readily than dave or david) overtone. We got to go on a walk with Simone our guide (youre not allowed to go out in the park without an armed person), and saw Elephants, Waterbuck, Antelope, Crocodile, Wild Boar, Baboons (one attacked this girl chloe - but she's fine it just left some scratch marks when he was trying to grab some ass he didnt bite or anything), and red monkeys. The place had a pool with some murky water but that didnt bother me one bit. We enjoyed a nice star filled night and topped it off with a 4 dollar bottle of rhum. Other than that its been pretty much the same, I have kind of found a bit of a routine which is kind of nice. I dont want to sound homesick, because Im totally loving Ghana, but I cant wait to come home and share all my experiences with all of you guys (expecially you EWB ers who helped get me here), I have so many already I dont really know where to start. So I wont ill just save it for when I get home. I will be in town tomorrow too and maybe through the weekend so if you post a reply or want to e mail i will check before I leave town. Other than that all I have to say is Happy Canada Day in two hope you all find your own way to celebrate. well the time ticker is flashing red and that means its time for me to sign out here kids. Keep your sticks on the ice and dont forget to floss. Later


DAVE