During the past 2 weekends we’ve had the chance to visit the crocodile lake in a town named Paga located at the most northerly part of Ghana, be given a very moving and informative tour around an old slave camp, and also visit Kintampo waterfalls which were beautiful and serene. What follows is, as always, my favourite photos from the experiences!
So this week I finally went into the market with my camera to try to capture the essence of it. Tamale’s central market is where we do our weekly shopping for basics like fruit and veg, whilst we get any western specific items at the supermarkets dotted around. This market can be a right pain to go around after work when trying to find what you need, but at the same time it’s full of life and fascinating to walk around. If smellography existed, this would be a perfect case for it. The mix of meats, vegetables and a hundred other things make for a unique and dynamic smelling experience – I can assure you.
So aside from the weekends, what have I been doing here!?
Our journey so far has been successful so far, but I’ve quickly learnt of the challenges that accompany international development in my time here already – especially when it has felt like progress is slow. There are many geographical and economical issues to overcome, as well as the matter of the extremely laid back way of life here! The office work, meetings, planning, and phone calls are all the essential back work not included in this post. What follows are some of the highlights so far in the projects when we’ve been able to get out of the office and put our work directly into action.
The only major project not covered here is ‘Farming For Futures’. With regard to setting up the cooperative and organising the best practice farming sessions, these are at the early stages of making contacts and meeting people. We have already made contacts within the Ministry of Food & Agriculture and with NGOs who specialise in best practice farming techniques. However, meeting people is not always easy in Ghana; timing and schedules are less of a part of the culture than in the UK.
There’s a lot to be done! As always, keep in mind this really is a just a small glimpse displaying the key progress points so far.