I went to their country expecting to make a difference. I went there to help teach nursing students and other medical professionals CPR, neonatal resuscitation and help with malaria clinics. I am not sure what I taught, or if it had a lasting impression. What I learned changed my life.
When I was helping with a malaria clinic we were going door to door in a little village on the outskirts of Kumasi, Ghana. We walked through very dirty and dusty streets. Almost no one had shows, especially the kids. Houses were wood, frail in appearance and had dirt floors. These people had nothing… but yet they had everything. Any American or other ‘rich nation’ individual living in such a situation would likely howl in protest. Many of us probably picture a day filled with gloom and doom, and you will not find it.
When I entered every home in Ghana I was offered food and drink. I was offered a place to sit while we talked. They even would wipe off the bench for me before I sat down. We would hold the malaria clinics for hours all day. These people would sit in the sun and wait. The kids were so happy to see us and play. They taught me that you can have nothing in the world and be happy. They taught me that you can have nothing and still give something. Helping the people of Ghana helped me in ways that I can never return.
My friends at Signing Time are on there way to visit Ghana very soon. The country of Ghana still needs a lot of help. Our bus driver made about $10 per month. A little money can go a long way over there and any help would be awesome. Please consider visiting my friends at the Signing Time Foundation and donating to their project in Ghana. It will be a gift that someone, including you, will always remember.
P.S. Signing Time Foundation did not reimburse me for this post. You could say I have a soft spot for Ghana and I cannot wait for my turn to visit again. Any help would be awesome!