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04 June 2010 @ 12:00 am
Soon goneity-gone...  
Going to Ghana in three days. Whoo! Getting very excited about it.

Right now, the Idol gives back show is running on Swedish television. At regular intervals - whenever the celebrities aren't on screen - they are showing clips from Africa. And I'm sitting here thinking as I always do that god I want to do something for those kids. Those dark eyes looking at me through the screen.

And for the first time in my life, I'm actually going to do more than just give some money. (Not saying money isn't good, it certainly is, but I've always wanted to do something more hands on).

The orphanage I'm going to has no electricity and no running water. If I go to the capital of Ghana, Accra, there is electricity - but it's not exactly reliable. I cannot yet imagine what it will be like to not have electricity and running water. I'm used to showering every day, being on the computer every day, having light whenever I want it. Suddenly I'm going to a place where water comes in bottles and is a rarity, and where the kids have never seen a computer (much less an Ipod) and where, once the sun goes down, it's pitch black.

I'm going to see stars. That's gonna be so cool :)

So much of this is going to be so cool. Life changing and awesome and probably a little bit awful at some points, but...

I will be posting pictures once I get back, of course, if anyone's curious. I might be able to make a post or two in the weekends when I go to Accra, but beyond that, there will be radio silence for three weeks.
 
 
 
murgy31 on June 3rd, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
Have a wonderful time! We will miss you!
cosmic: Gen: Mermaid dreamsbananacosmic on June 5th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
Thank you - I'll miss everyone here :)
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cosmic: Gen: Me 2bananacosmic on June 5th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
Thank you *hugs*
Write_in_Redwrite_in_red on June 4th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
Travel safe.
cosmic: Cat: Kitty baby smoochbananacosmic on June 5th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
Nikki: NH Butterfly (June)nakeisha on June 4th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
I really admire you for what you are doing.

I really hope all goes well and you have a wonderful time. And come back to us safe and sound.

*Hugs*
cosmic: Gen: Dreamsbananacosmic on June 5th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
Thank you *hugs*
yinkawills: black girl going 'squee!'yinkawills on June 5th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
Hi there, here from xanthe's friends page:P
Have a wonderful journey, I'm sure you'll enjoy Ghana, and dont forget to put up lots of pics.

Dont be surprised if you fall in love with the people and the place. Someone I know went to visit one of his University students- ended up over 15 years fund raising, helping a village set up a project to build a school, library and get training.
You can see their website here:
http://www.sandema.org.uk/docs/about.html

Don't forget to take your malaria tablets.
A Ghanaian friend of mine who'd lived here in England for years, went back to live with her kids. Her son got very ill because he poo-poohed the idea of needing the malaria medicine.

Safe journey.

Yinka
cosmic: Gen: Sweets for my Sweetbananacosmic on June 5th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
Hi :)

Thank you very much. One of the girls is already "suffering" from that kind of falling in love with the place - she's been there once before and she's planning on starting an orphanage there once she'd done with her education. So I guess it can definitely happen.

Thanks for the link, interesting reading :)