I heard through the grapevine that my friend Christiana was hoping to get a laptop for the school/school administration. My neighbor happened to have one from a project that didn't come to fruition and he generously donated it! Christiana was thrilled to hear this news because right now they have to communicate via phone, which gets very expensive.
We happened to have an extra digital camera I bought for a family member who ened up not needing it. Turns out the school has been borrowing a camera to take pictures and this will also be treasured by them!
Sometimes giving is so much fun I'm not sure it can be considered altruistic!
Sadly the cost of passports, visas & immunizations really have to be considered when planning a trip abroad! I was so overwhelmed with the nitty gritty of being allowed into the country, it took away some of the travel joy. Fortunately that is just about behind us and next we will we start focusing on the nitty gritty of packing and that ever present feeling of "what am I forgetting?" Ahhh....travel joys.
I wish you could see Lindsay's face every time you make a donation or buy a shirt. It is a treasure to get to teach a child you CAN make a difference, but it takes a village so thank you!
I don't think I've ever gotten ready so quickly for an international trip! We thought we would be going later in the summer, but in order to be in Ghana while Christiana was there, and save $600 - 1000 on the tickets, we needed to move our trip up to the end of May. 16 days and counting down way too fast! Passports, visas, immunizations and dreams about what awaits us!
Lindsay and I recently met with Christiana and her stories about the simple needs of the children in her village always stab my heart and spur me into action. Hopefully we can fill our bags with books, clothes and other supplies the children need. I am planning on Lindsay making a craft with the kids (coffee filter butterflies seem easy to pack for - extra pipe cleaners, anyone?) I shift from being overwhelmed by the practical aspects of the trip to the sacred aspects as I know we will be enriched beyond our imaginations by the generous spirits of the Ghanaian people, but first, we have to get there!
This trip is taking a long time to get prepared, but luckily we can handle tough things like getting shots, raising money, designing t-shirts and making web sites.
I'm really excited about going to Ghana and helping the kids at Shalom Children's Center. I'm really Ghana make a difference (I came up with that for the shirts!)