My Days In Ghana By Ainhoa Hernanz

Ainhoa teaching a child at PEIThanks to the United Nations volunteer program I had the opportunity to meet PAAJAF’s project that aims to provide help to underprivileged people and adults who do not have access to education. Since September 2013, I have been involved in its activities covering different parts like fundraising or legal advising, specially oriented under the European law.

This experience makes me believe in the purpose of this NGO, therefore after two years I decided to make an economic effort and meet all the children who motivated me to work every day.

Click here to watch my videoIn September 2015, I went for the first time to Africa to help PAAJAF foundation development working directly with them. Those days in Ghana were more difficult than expected, not only because I found different customs, food or weather, the cultural shock and lack of resources lead to the implementation of difficult teaching methodology in the school.

So thanks to this nice kids that they have given me more than I can offer to them, I have learnt that we should appreciate all the small things that surround us and makes our live easier, things that we do not give the importance that they have, such as water, electricity or food. However the other face of the same coin show me that having too many things do not make us happy, that IT system and tools make our live easier but when we

abuse them, they apart us fAinhoa and Millan playing with the kidsrom the society and the essence of the humanity, the social relations.
People in Ghana do not have too many material things, children do not even know how to play with toys but they do not lose the smile in their faces. They use to go out and dance, there is no need to go to a disco or restaurant every night but they go to the street and talk, dance or play drums. “Enjoy simple things drives
us to a plenty life
”.

To end this writing, I would like t
o thank Mr. Philip, the director of the school, who kindly hosted me in his place and give me the possibility to meet his family, led by a wonderful and hard worker woman who show me traditional food, dresses, ways of using our hands for the daily life (now I know that I have a natural fork or that I can have clothes clean even when the washing machine is broken).

 

 

 

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Philip

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Executive Director and Co-Founder
PAAJAF Foundation

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