A day in Ghana–a teenagers perspective

You wake up at six, get out of bed and make your way to the kitchen where you make yourself an egg, buttered bread and instant oatmeal. Your trying to finish the Bible in a year so you read the portion that you need to. Then you start reading “The Giver” for the second time cause it’s just that good!

After you’ve finished, you put your dishes in the sink and get the “Steri Pen” to sterilize the filtered water that you would like to drink.

You sit down to start your math. You decide to get dressed so you can go to the market. You look through your clothes and decide on a black shirt and a brown skirt with pink and white flowers.

You retrieve the bag that you brought to Ghana that can hold money and a tiny bottle of hand sanitizer.

You get your shoes on after you check and make sure there are no bugs in them and you head out the door to spray yourself with bug spray.

You walk down the dirt path to the hospital and you go out the hospital gate.

You continue walking down a road where there are lot’s of shops on the roadside. There’s lot’s of nice, organized store’s but there are also many that are unorganized and dirty.

As you go into the market there’s a lot of noisy people yelling how much the food that they’re selling costs.

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Possibly one or two guys either tell you that they love you or ask if you’ll marry them.

But you didn’t come here to get married at a young age, you came here to buy some bread.

So you walk all the way to the end of the market where they have a bread stand. You say “Nee whawn tanga” which is mamprulli for “Good aftternoon” and point at a loaf of sweet bread and say “Allah” mamprulli for “How much?” The woman pulls out one Cedi (the currency in Ghana) to indicate the cost of the bread. Two Cedi and 80 pesos is 1 Canadian dollar.

You give the woman the money and say “Oom pushu” mamprulli for “Thank you”.

You start making your way back home, but a girl your age stops you and indicates that she wants you to buy a bunch of carrots for two Cedi. Except you think that’s too much so you try to bargain with her. You soon find out that it’s actually 50 peswas a carrot, and that’s that. So you give her the two Cedi and put the bunch of carrots in your bag, and try to continue home but your stopped again by a little girl trying to sell you cabbage–now you really don’t need that, so you do your best to tell her not today.

When you finally make it out of the market and down the road a bit, you decide to stop and get a bottle of pop for one Cedi and 50 peswas. You sit on the bench that they offer you because they don’t want you walking away with their glass bottle.

You keep waking and make your way to the hospital where 375 or so people are camped out on the grounds waiting for their turn to see the doctor.

You walk past them and start walking down the dirt path to the compound. Past the ward for malnutritioned babies and children. The babies start crying when they see you because frankly the color of your skin scares them.

You turn into a smaller path and make your way to house nine, your house. You unlock the front door and find yourself in your living room, and then your dining room as your trying to get to the kitchen.

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You put the bread in the fridge because if you put it in on the counter the bugs will get it. You open a Ziploc bag and pull out a granola bar. Then you go back into the dining room where on the table your computer sits. You connect the internet and log into Facebook to see if anyone’s around. Anyone, just anyone. Someone’s around! You talk to them until they have to leave for school.

Then you watch an episodes of “Little House on the Prairie” then go to house six at six for dinner.

You take off your shoes at the door, many of the Volunteers are there and already sitting at the table eating their meals. You grab a plate and work your way down the buffet table. First, you grab a spoon and dig into the chicken pot pie and then the cabbage, tomatoes and carrot salad then you take so fruit salad, and you open the lid to the bucket of bread and grab two pieces. You set your plate down and grab a cup and go into the kitchen to get some of the limeade that’s always in the fridge.

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You eat and talk about the day; you can’t say that you’ve seen two hundred people in clinic or that you’ve just finished helping three children get over cerebral malaria.

When you finished your meal you get your shoes back on and turn on your flashlight so you can see where you’re walking and hope you won’t accidentally step on a snake.

When you get back your Dad tells you “A Ghanaian tip of the day” which usually isn’t a tip it’s more like something about Ghana. But today’s tip is that Ghana achieved independence in 1957. You’re tired, so you walk into your bedroom, grab the cloth that you have been using to scrap off dead bugs off your bed for the past six nights. There’s literally about 400 hundred of them just lying there. Careful not to get them on your feet you scrap them off.

You go into the bathroom ,take your toothbrush and put toothpaste on it, and try not to turn on the tap, rather use the bottled water. You get changed into pajamas and crawl underneath your mosquito net into bed where you fall into a deep sleep.

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One thought on “A day in Ghana–a teenagers perspective

  1. Wow, that was so nice to share a day in Ghana with you Hannah. It almost felt like I could see everything you said. I only wish I was there with you. I love you girl. Grandma

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