Ghana

Jim in one of Ghana’s slums

Country Information:  The capital of Ghana is Accra. There are approximately 32 million people living here. The official language of the country is English, but Asante, Ewe, and Fante are spoken by the majority of the country. The majority of the population practices Christianity. The time zone is 4 hours ahead of EST.

Jim’s Perspectives: Whew, what a trip to Ghana in 2012! The problem with my trip to Ghana is that … I arrived at the airport without an entry Visa … whoops.  However, I improvised … I had a ticket from RDU to Atlanta to Accra and, officially without a Visa, would have been unable to board the flight to Accra.  Therefore, I bought a refundable flight from Accra to Cape Town, indicating that I was only in transit. Upon arriving in Accra, I had no problem obtaining a visa on arrival at the airport.

Ghana is rich in culture, natural beauty, and history. While I don’t normally like museums, the National Museum of Ghana, a museum full of West African art, jewelry, and crafts is pretty good. Also of interest is Labadi Beach, which on weekends you can enjoy live music, traditional foods, and great coastal views.  HOWEVER, I would not swim there!

Had a chance to walk through the biggest slums in Ghana, and they were eye opening, with millions of people living there. It was heartbreaking to see the living conditions there, and the children who are working as sex slaves around the slum area. I connected with the A Ban on Neglect team, a non-profit that rescues female teens from these slums. ABAN teaches the girls life and work skills, and provides housing and childcare enabling them to escape from their desperate situations.

Some of the ladies in the ABAN program
One of the children of ABAN’s program

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