In case you haven’t heard, we are going to Ghana 🙂. Take a look a the count down to our flight on the right hand side of my blog. With your help, we have raised over $12,000. We are still $4,400 away from our fundraising goal.
We sent in our Visa applications two days ago. Aaron had accidentally run his passport through the washing machine a month or so ago, but his replacement came just in time. Aaron, Leah and I went to Rite-Aid to have our Visa photos taken. It took 45 minutes! When I went in and said we needed passport photos, the woman look frightened. I said, “Is there a problem?” She said, “No, not really we just don’t do them very often.” I guess that was evident when she called for some of the stock boys to come move a large display that was blocking the white screen where the pictures are shot. (Are you kidding me?) The man who took the pictures did not seem to know how to use the zoom, so he took the pictures at about 8 inches from our faces. Note to self: Next time go the post office.
Leah was able to meet with Curry from Signs of Hope International and ask questions. Her first question was about the machete men. (Are you surprised?) He explained that these men are working in the field and yes their machetes are just about as long as Leah is tall. Curry told her that she will get to cut grass with machetes when we want to play soccer with the kids. Yes they cut the entire field with knives before they play. (And I hardly let her slice a tomato!)
We also talked about what we should bring to eat and drink. We are each to pack 2 suitcases and split our clothes and food between 2. That way if one suitcase gets lost, we still have half our clothes and food. While we are there we will have dinner catered each day. This is supposed to consist of bread, beans, rice and always a hard-boiled egg. That’s what they said to count on.
So we need to bring or buy food to eat for breakfast and lunch. Things to bring: beef jerky, pouches of tuna fish, jars of peanut butter, granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, fruit snacks, pop-tarts, packaged cheese and crackers. Basically, anything that still tastes good even if it gets smashed.
Do not bring chocolate. It melts all over everything. Do not bring packaged chips, they gets smashed and explode all over your belongings. Do not bring candy that has a lot of wrappers. Trash is an issue and you need to plan on being responsible for all of your trash.
Oh yeah bring lots of ziplock bags and your own toilet paper!