Ghana Mailblog Nr. 2
27 jul. a las 14:45
Good morning from Accra
Praise the Lord! We arrived well down here. And not only that, we were also able to receive all our luggage at the airport. After the six-hour flight and a long wait at the customs we were warmly welcomed by Samuel Kyeremeh and Titus Ofori Arko, the territorial Songster Leader, and a few other Salvation Army soldiers (I still have to learn the names, but in case of uncertainty, you will be right with “Samuel " almost every time). Andrea, who has regularly travelled to Ghana as a midwife, was especially happy to see many of her friends (as were they, “the woman is back").
There we were standing at the reception of the airport with all our luggage but no problem, all of a sudden many helping hands were ready to load our bags (and us) in a minibus and a pickup. Whether the hands belonged to people from the Salvation Army or whether they belonged to other helpful people who were interested in tips was not very clear. Nonetheless, soon after we were on our way to the headquarters of the Salvation Army.
Here we are very well accommodated. Of course, it is African standard, so dripping water from the shower, no blankets on the mattresses and by hand refillable toilet cisterns. Still, we do have showers, toilets and beds which we are very grateful for.
We do have to pay special attention to our health; we are all taking malaria prophylaxis and even Samuel warned us about the mosquitoes. So we are using a lot of Anti-Brumm. And when it comes to food there’s a lot we’d better avoid. Yesterday evening we were all happy to have green lettuce on our plates. Midway through dinner we agreed on avoiding such for the next few days (salad is usually washed with tap water and might therefore have pathogens).
This morning we were greeted by Territorial Commander Joseph Lukau. With him and a few other people we started the day with singing and praying. Afterwards Danny introduced our group (and gave a little introduction to the cultural peculiarities of Switzerland). Everyone is grateful and excited that we have finally arrived and are ready to tackle the common goal.
But before we leave for Wiamoase tomorrow, we will attend the funeral of Emmanuel Hackman this evening and tomorrow morning. He was very involved in the preparations for the camp and died unexpectedly.
But now it’s time to go to the market in Accra.
See you later,
(Translation Karina Stucki)