Clinic Blog: 2011 Ghana Clinic Blog
June 19, 2011
A Cultural Experience
To start I would like to apologise. I said that Friday was our biggest day yet, but I didn't say how many. 1303 patients served!!! Go Team Ghana!!!
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" Winston Churchill
"Every action in our life touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity" Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Today to complete our cultural weekend, Franklin took us to the memorial museum for the First Ghanaian President, Kwame Nkrumah. We learned about his life, the books he wrote and what he stood for. In addition to it being his final resting place, there is an area filled with photographs, documents, furniture and other memorabilia (even his light blue Cadilac is still outside!) We saw many photograghs that chronicled his life and works. We visited his final resting place and the beautiful gardens surrounding it. In the garden is a Mango tree that was planted there by Nelson Mandela! There are many statues of President Nkrumah. One shows him pointing away. He has been quoted as saying "We face neither east nor west: we face forward".
From there, we went to an Accra open artisan's market. Wow! What an experience! Carvings, jewlery, clothing, cloths....anything you could ask for, beautifully, expertly created..Many of us were lucky enough not to just enjoy and purchase these beautiful products but to tlk with the people and visit the areas where they are making their ware. It was great.
We are ready and excited for day 5 of clinic!