On January 5th, I returned home from yet another incredible journey to Africa, a land that has continued to amaze and inspire me each time I return. I came back to my apartment where my roommate Alex had asked me about everything I had done on this trip. My head raced from my 40 hour flight delay in London, to walking down the dirt streets of the village, and it actually took me a few seconds to wrap my head around what I had experiences over the past week. It was not until the next day that I could reflect on my incredible visit to Ghana.
I learned that laughter is a universal language that unites all of us
I witnessed the power of a community caring for each other
I experienced the sincere compassion of people who barely knew me
I realized the true over excessiveness in my life
I absorbed the beauty and the wonder in the landscape of Ghana
I recognized that change is never easy
I acknowledged that you really do learn a lot more when you fail than when you succeed
I saw all the amazing work that Unlock Foundation had done
I reconnected with a family that truly changed my life
I saw disease, inequality, and poverty gripping all walks of life
My trip to Ghana reaffirmed my belief that when working together we can do extraordinary things. I traveled to Old Odunasi, a village an hour north of the city of Cape Coast, where Unlock Foundation partnered with the primary school about a year and a half ago. Since then, we have been able to ensure that the boys and girls can attend school with the dignity and respect they deserve. Projects like the construction of new desks and chairs, distribution of uniforms, and the construction of proper toilets, have helped keep the students in the classroom, ready to learn and grow. However, seeing the progress with my own eyes, was simply incredible and I will never forget it.
Old Odunasi School has come a long way, but more work is needed. With your support in 2014, we can unlock the promise of education and create a better future. I look forward to coming back to Ghana, and seeing the change that you helped deliver.
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ~ African proverb