Bunkrugu is a small community village in the north, and although we thought it would be a relaxing trip as we drove there through the countryside, it was a little rougher than we expected. My plan was to take a nap in the car because I had little sleep the night before, but the bumpy rough road did not allow a nap. It was four-hour journey from Tamale, but we were able to pass some of the time talking and discussing more about Rising Village and our impact on the women and fa
We are in Tamale after a seven-hour bus ride from Kumasi. What a wonderful time to once again reunite and meet the people we serve! I was picked up by a new friend, Emmanuel, who is from Bunkurugu. This is the region where donors helped start a one-week training for women in the craft of Batik, after which the women will be given a loan to start up a trade.
The north is already getting dry, but smiles are on the faces of the people we serve. When I travel here, I always sto
It was our last full day in Ghana - one final time to be with the students. Our team had spent the past four days getting to know the 12 kids in our Education program in Ankaase, and although the adults had been chatty and full of questions, the students had been quiet and careful with their words during our time together. Their first language is not English, it is the regional language of Twi. Not only is the language complicated, but the some of the required sounds are tong
And the rains came. Actually, for the peple here, they continued. The country is mourning the loss of life in the Petrol station explosion two days ago when over a hundred people died while trying to find shelter from the flooding rains. We drove to the Cape Coast slave castles in heavy rain, but fortunately the rains lightened by the time we arrived at the Cape. Thus the rain jackets and fashionable ponchos. The slave castle at Cape Coast is the smallest of the three main sl
We made it to Accra without a hitch - all flights were on time and all the luggage arrived. Isaac welcomed us at the airport and from there we made the short drive to our home for the next two nights. We are staying at the guesthouse of the Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy and Bible Translation. The organization seeks to facilitate access to God’s Word in the mother tongue in Ghana and beyond through linguistic research, Bible translation, Scripture use, literacy and
We are three days away from boarding our plane, and the bags are (mostly) packed. I'm not a last-minute packer when it comes to our Ghana trips. There are too many supplies that have to be organized and weighed and inventoried. Procrastinating would inevitably mean that something gets forgotten and we can't take that chance. Our team of six includes Jennifer, Kelsey, Mark, Marissa, Kyle and Lisa (me). I'll be blogging our trip right here on the Rising Village website. We're
If you would like to help us with some much-needed items to take to our families and staff, we have created a wish list on Amazon.com. We're taking items for seamstress apprentices, craft supplies for mentoring gatherings with students, and some items our staff could use. It's an easy way to shop: just choose your items and they will be shipped directly to us! We leave June 3, and will be packing our luggage earlier that week, so we would love to receive these items no later