It’s been a couple weeks since I updated the blog, so I thought I would post a few highlights from the past couple weeks of training.
The night after we took our language exams, all of the Peace Corps Trainees celebrated the completion of our exams with our host families and language trainers. We called it traditional night because we ate Ghanaian food before we learned some Ghanaian dances. My language trainer prepared food from the Volta Region and it was excellent. My favorite dish was Yakiyaki?, which is from the Volta Region. I really enjoyed traditional night, because it was the only time all of the Peace Corps Trainees ate together with the rest of the community.
The photo above is of me with my host mother and brother at traditional night. Unfortunately my host father, sister, and other brother weren’t able to make it. Hopefully we will be able to take a family photo when I stay with them during my last week of training.
One day during our technical training in Tamale, we visited a baby clinic. When we arrived in the morning we were briefed on how the clinic is ran. In less than 30 minutes mothers began to arrive at the clinic with their babies to get them weighed and vaccinated. Without hesitation each mother would whip out a breast to feed her baby as they waited in line to be weighed.
When it’s time to be weighed, the mother puts a homemade “diaper with a loop on the back” on the baby. The baby immediately screams as the loop is hooked on to a hanging scale and the baby gets an automatic wedgie. During this process the nurse somehow records the baby’s weight. Each month the baby’s weight is recorded so the mother and the nurse can monitor the health of the child.
Another day during our technical training we traveled up to the Upper East Region and visited a place where pottery and other crafts are made. The clay pottery is made by a group of women who get together to make the pottery and sell it on site. It was nice to see a group of women get to together to generate income for themselves, especially in northern Ghana where traditionally it is not part of a woman’s role to earn money for the household. Also, the pottery was durable and insanely cheap. I ended up buying two large bowls and a vase, all for GH¢10.50 (around $6.50). The picture of above doesn’t do the pottery justice, but it was the only one I was able to snap.