After meeting with the Elders we went back to the house for some breakfast. Everyday our breakfast included flat egg white omelet with toast (or some sort of variation of that). We then went and began our tour of the village. We started off checking out the site we would be working on at the L.A. (Local Authority) Elementary School. When we got there, all the children were very happy to see us. We were surrounded, hugged, and touched. Some of them have never seen white people before; they were very interested in our light skin. From here on out, we were referred to as “obruni,” which translates to light skin person. The L.A. school was having a PTA meeting and we were invited to sit on it. Everyone at the meeting spoke in Twi, so we could not understand anything. Some statements were translated for our benefit, such as the dues the school asks from the parents — 5 Cedis per year!! That is equivalent to about $2.50 just for school maintenance! Derrick introduced us to the parents and stated our purpose. They all clapped and wished us well. From the L.A. School, we visited the other neighboring elementary, junior high, and high schools. Everyone was respectful and warm. We all felt extremely welcome.
Derrick wanted us out of the hot sun, so we went back to eat lunch and take a nap. We then traveled to the local hospital. Previous GO! teams have helped build a wall surrounding the hospital. It was comforting to see another team’s project completed. There is one doctor who sees roughly 150 patients per day and 5000 patients per month. He does everything from doing check ups, to surgery, to OBGYN.
Afterwards we visited the huge rice mill. Apparently one of the Elders works there, but it was hard to hear anything he said due to the noisy machines. Although none of us could understand what he was saying, he still took us through the mill and explained everything.
After the silo we went to the local library to meet with Derrick’s uncles and a chief from one of the clans. His two Uncles, Tony and John, live in Accra and Detroit. During the meeting, one of Derrick’s uncles said they were going to make a statue for us when everything was completed and “we are going to write out your names in letters of gold upon the hearts of the children.”