30 minutes on the internet and it takes 15 to load tumblr… let’s see what we can get!
Work is going really well. We’re doing a huge variety of tasks including designing new areas of the factory space, making rammed-earth blocks, checking block prices in town, and helping with anything that needs help (which is usually a lot). Other students are working on water testing and test kit effectiveness, clay samples from sites near the factory, underground tanks for rainwater storage, sanitary latrines (a bigger problem than you’d think!), and the filter-making process. The Ghanaian employees we work with are really friendly (like every Ghanaian we’ve met or waved to from the back of our truck) and teach us phrases each day. Although everyone speaks a very basic amount of English, there are over 60 languages throughout the country. It turns out that our coworkers don’t even speak the main domestic language, but actually speak a language that’s very local. So all these phrases we’re learning, I call them Pure-Home-Water-speak. It’s a lot of fun.
We’ve been eating surprisingly well, and nothing’s been too crazy yet. Lunch each day is jollof(?) rice, a rice and sauce that has some fish and is pretty tasty. Breakfasts have been oatmeal or bread and peanut butter, and dinners have been lots of Ghanaian or American foods. We’re spoiled.
We’re looking forward to getting into town this weekend, depending on how much time we have on Sunday to check things out. Tamale’s soccer stadium is pretty impressive, and there’s a home game next weekend, so we’ll definitely be checking that out. Stay tuned for those stories.
It’s been a lot of fun so far working with some very cool Ghanaians and students, even if that work is shoveling dirt all day under the equatorial sun (I had a shovel in my hand the entire day yesterday). I’m definitely sore getting out of bed each day, and my eyes and nose love the dust that gets blown across Ghana each dry season (Google harmatan, or something that sounds like that), but spirits are sky-high. I wish I had pictures, but I’ll have to post some of those when we return to the States and our high-speed internet!