Monday, January 26, 2009

Ghana Renaissance

Last Wednesday, our group of 6 had our initial meeting and began discussing plans. I decided from the amount of time we spent laughing that this group is going to be great to travel with! Aside from the jokes, we also got down to business and started discussing some of our readings regarding developing countries.
I was reminded of a radio show I listened to for Stacey's class last semester. It is Act One: Harlem Renaissance and you can find the show through this link: This American Life

It is a pretty amazing success story about how improved parenting skills can allow children to escape the poverty cycle. Parents are urged to read to their children, which has shown developmental benefits (as well as a strengthened parent-child bond). Would it be possible for developing countries to implement similar prevention strategies with proper long-term assistance and funding?

During our two weeks in Ghana I know we will do everything we can, whether it is reading to children or building a wall. Mother Teresa said, "Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work."

So on that note, I'm ready to work with some cement.

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