Goodbye Foya, Hello Ghana
Trip Start Jun 28, 2007
10Trip End Nov 16, 2007
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Well, this is my last night in Foya. Then tomorrow I head to Monrovia for a couple days and leave for Ghana on the 9th for a little R&R and then off to Bopalu for the remainder of my time in Liberia.
I've really enjoyed my time here. The people I've worked with have been great and the villages where I've worked have shown me great hospitality. It's been an amazing experience working where people are starting to put their homes and lives back together after a long and painful civil war. It must be nice for them to finally come home after years of living in a refugee camp or an internally displaced persons camp (IDP), even if there isn't much left
My time in Foya has been spent constructing and installing filters in one village and then moving on to another. I've put in my two cents here and there and have tried to help Ben out with logistical problems and make the operation run a little more smoothly. The work hasn't been too hard or stressful, and I can't say it was exactly what I was expecting or hoping my internship to be like, but I've been learning a lot about international relief and development and NGO work. Nights and weekends are pretty laid back and there's not much to do except read, play cards, and hike up mountains. I've gotten pretty accustomed to cooking on coal stove pots and taking showers with buckets which I'll get to continue in Bopalu (goody, goody for me). Also, the morning devotions with the staff has been one of the favorite parts of my days.
So, that in short, sums up my couple months experience in Foya. Any questions are greatly welcomed. Enjoy all the pictures as well (just random pics taken during my two months in Foya in no particular order). I'll be sure to let everyone know how Ghana works out.
Here we go!! Get excited, it's Tomlin time baby!!