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The greatest of them is Love!

I’m learning so much about myself and about others here. The thing about living in this house is that there are new volunteers coming all the time and that everyone is different. I’m meeting people that are worlds apart in every sense and we came all the way to meet up in Ghana to help make the world a better place. It’s really making me realise that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, everyone can get along and help out together. That’s amazing! Even though this environment is so different from what I’m used to, I feel at home and I can honestly say that I love the volunteers in this house. I love every single one of them. I love that we have different opinions and lifestyles and ways of speaking english and ways to spend our mornings.
My roommates, I’m sure I mentioned this before, they’re amazing! I feel like I can tell them anything at anytime and they’ll have my back. As much as I love Ghana, and trust me I do, sometimes there are moments when I don’t feel happy and when I just desperately need a hug from my best friend. But whenever I feel down the people here notice it and they will drop whatever they are doing just to hear me complain for a bit and I’ll do the exact same for them.
I just love them!

The same goes for the kids at school and the orphanage. When I feel down and try to hide it little Roland comes up to me asking ‘why are you sad?’ That single sentence is enough to make me feel better. I love the kids so so much. I never even knew that it was possible to love anyone or anything this much. I feel like I can’t live the rest of my life if I can’t see Nii Nii or Gabriella or Peter smile every single day or at least every few days. If there was any way to adopt a child right now I would take all three of them. I would give them the world if I could. If I feel like this, I can’t even imagine Gods love for us.

So I think of all the things that I’m learning here in Ghana, the greatest thing is that I’m learning about love. I love Ghana, I love tro tro’s, I love plantain chips, I love the holes in the road, I love bucket showers, the leaking roof, I love sitting on the roof. I love this house and the people in it and I LOVE my kids. Loving someone this much really is the best feeling in the world and I am so thankful that I get the chance to feel this way 🙂

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I’m still alive!

Ok. I have internet, my laptop is charged, there is electricity and I have 2 and a half hours left before the fishing village and my stomach is filled with bananice and fried yam. There are absolutely no excuses left for me to not write my blog, so sit back for a minute and enjoy this long update! 😀 So much has happened in the past weeks and I want to tell you guys all about it!

On the 20th I celebrated successfully walking around this earth for 19 full years! In the morning I did exactly what I wanted to do on my birthday. I didn’t want to celebrate it with lots of gifts and grand parties that last for a few hours and then end. I’ve never been the kind of person to give parties for my birthday anyway, so I asked God to give me one single thing; the opportunity to give back. God gave me exactly what I wanted. At the beginning of this month we found an orphanage in need of help. They needed a new place to stay, since they weren’t able to pay the rent anymore. They needed a house suitable for children to be children. Two weeks later, we found the perfect house! A beautiful, huge garden to run around, nice rooms, two showers, a living room, a kitchen. On my birthday we started cleaning up the house and painting the walls! On my birthday I helped give kids a new home <3. In the evening of course I still went out to get some delicious cake and milkshakes and ice cream xD Of course I missed my family and friends like crazy that day, but I am so freaking lucky to have all these nice people around me to celebrate it with! And the best part comes now: The day after, when I went to school my kids ran at me and loaded me with handmade birthday cards and presents!! A shell necklace, a juice box wrapped in lined paper with “Auntie Samantha” on it. Now I’m not that emotional about things that aren’t sad. I never cry for movies, and when I’m happy I prefer laughing, but for once I had to hold back my tears. I could’ve sat there sniffing for ages! This continued for 2 schooldays after my birthday!

Birthday

Fast forward to last Monday. Exactly one week after we started working on the house for the new orphanage the kids moved in! Their smiles were so completely genuine. They ran up to us, they hugged us and they wouldn’t let us go! Again I felt like crying. (Seriously, what is this country doing to me O.o) So the next d my roommates Elise and Elin and I went for a sleepover! Well… “Sleep” So as some of you might know I am not really that good with babies. I’m afraid that if I hold them wrong I might break them. Then when they’re just sitting at a safe distance so I can’t possibly do anything wrong I can’t say any more than “Ehm… Hi, baby…. ‘Sup?” That’s how awkward I am with kids. So the first night when I try to help some small kids out I have to change 4 diapers. I never knew that kid’s diapers are the worst possible smell in the world. After changing their diapers though, it turns out I still love them like crazy!! So in between changing diapers and switching the lights on and off dozens of times, we tried to get a liiiittle bit of sleep. We shared a room with 8 kids, one of them sleeping on our mattress one of them with her leg over Elin xD Never did I know that one single 2 year old could take up 2 full mattresses! This little girl has the habit at night to just roll over to every corner of the mattresses multiple times; taking up all the space I had to sleep. (The floor is quite comfortable though). The next morning at around 5 we ‘woke up’ and went to see what we could do to help around the house. Bathe some kids, mop the bathroom, do the dishes, help give them breakfast. They really do need some help in the mornings! And let me just take a moment to talk about Patience:

Mary and Patience

Mary and Patience

Patience is a little girl, about 11 years old I think, and she is truly amazing! At 5 in the morning she wakes up to help me change Na’s diaper. She goes and helps around the house without anyone asking her to do it. Starting early in the morning she cleans up the bathroom without asking for so much as a thank you! She is so selfless. She doesn’t require special attention; she just does things because it’s the right thing. She’s not the only one! Some of the kids at this orphanage are so caring; they make sure everyone is treated equally, the little kids get to go first, ‘don’t help me, help her!’ It literally melts my heart. Yes, I literally feel like my heart turns into a pile of mush and that my blood circulation stops working for a full night of staying there even though that’s physically impossible. So that morning after helping out a bit we dragged our sleep deprived faces home in high speed (and I mean, we were literally running because it was pancake day at home). We went to school for about an hour before we all collapsed on our beds, knockout for the rest of the day xD It was so worth it!! I can’t believe that sleep deprivation can make me feel so genuinely happy. Just like collapsing on a couch and falling asleep with a child napping on your lap is by far the best feeling in the world ❤

Gabriella

Gabriella

Hiswell

Mary

Another update following soon! And with soon I mean as soon as inspiration feels like it again xD

(Special thanks to Elin and Elise again xD Elin takes time to make these beautiful pictures of these gorgeous kids and Elise takes time to save them on her computer and post them to her blog. Then I take time to steal the URL and post them on my blog… (go visit Elise’s page while you’re at it! http://akinforamission.tumblr.com/ it’s 100% worth it))

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