July 30, 2013
Contact Person: A woman
I woke up a bit sick today and did not want to get up from bed. But I think it I also felt a bit lazy because at least I could do a little cleaning in the room and do something all though I was sick. Something clicked in my mind and reminded me that this week was the last to finish my Siena College Course so it was very adviseable to finish hard irrespective of my condition. I had some pescriptions from last time when I felt the same feelings like headache, really warm and throat infection. After eating breakfast, I rested for sometime and took the medications afterwards hoping to make a change in my body.
Whiles resting, I called my Director at my internship site and asked him if there was an additional work he would like me to do today at the site. He said a couple of them and one was to check the mail to find out any informations and two to re -message the Cyclus Elmina Company if they haven’t replied to the first message concerning the pick up of plastics. Around 11:00 am I felt a bit better so I went to the site with a sac of pure water sachet in hand. It took me 4 minutes to get there and took my computer and sat under a shade tree to work. A lot of students are on break now so lots of kids and their parents passed by to go to the farm. It was really nice to see the way they were in line walking close together and smiles on their face and having a conversation along the way. I had a conversation with a woman and she said now that school is on break, my son will be bringing more plastics to the site. I told her we can’t wait and explained to her that we even are trying to get most of the pilled up sacs disposed. Going through the mail, I found no new messages but the only message from Cyclus Elmina was that they had a problem with their truck so after it has been repaired they will immediately come to retrieve the plastics.
Black star development
When I got to the site today at 8:30 am,Ebenezer my site partner introduced me to some men from the Water Works Company who had come to inform my partner about their plans to distribute chlorine (a chemical substance used in water filtration) and educate the people how to use them which will be given to every household in the community. We signed some few paper works for approval and they would like to get back to us in the first week of August that will be when the actual exercise takes place.
Divine Lawson July 23th Busua Primary School Internship
Today I got to the school at exactly 10:30 am which is not usually the actual time for me to show up this because i got a message from one of our volunteer who is currently teaching as an assistant teacher for primary 6 that the teacher assign for basic 6 hasn’t shown up yet. So I call the actual teacher for primary 6 seeking her permission to interview her, but i guess our interview arrangement didn’t go as plan for she has to mark,record and access the student of primary 6 marks on their exam.
Because i wanted to do something productive at my service site, i help her mark,record and assess the kids performance academically. Indeed i was impress with the kids performance even though there are a few of them who didn’t perform well! I was shocked and surprised as one of the student parent showed up at the school pleading with the teacher to promote one of their kids to the next class. I was really disappointed as some parent will contribute to their kids failure, the teacher assign to primary 6 is awesome as she boldly tell the parent that she will not promote any student who did not perform well in the class.
"Watch the little things in Life because the little things can sink a great ship."
July 23, 2013
Contacts Person: Sammy Junior
Today marks the interview section of my internship at my service site (Busua Plastic Recycling Center). Before that I had written all my questions down in the morning in order to be prepared. I involved my community partner yesterday concerning the interview and figuring a time that wouldn’t affect the time that I would spent at the site. All were figured out yesterday but I called Ebenezer Felix Bentum in the morning for keys to open the site so I can go over there and start work. Before that I went to a shop nearby who had already filled their sacs containing plastics and gave it out to me because they were willing to contribute. Emmanuel’s son a good friend of mine handed it out to me and even gave me a mountain bicycle to ride with since i had a lot in hand. I thanked him for the good gesture and it was also smart.
I rode the bicycle to the site, dropped off the sac, sent it back and walked with a plastic chair in hand back to the site. I cleaned up the site and arranged the plastics into the various sacs respectively and that took me almost half an hour. In the site something was bothering me about the absence of Cyclus Elmina since they still haven’t showed up to take away the plastics from the Busua Plastic Recycling Center. I decided to send them an email concerning their absence and how its making our work difficult here as well. I hope they get back to me on time.
I was quite today. I didn’t want to do anything but i knew helping others is what I have always wanted. I went over to the directors house where most of the facilitators come to stay. The room for the facilitators was quite dirty so I chose it upon myself to clean the whole place. I started and in the early afternoon was done. The director also help to explain the Earned Income Tax credit to me because i had no idea about it. I was so happy because I was able to render a clean room to the facilitators and also learn something from the director of the place.
Black Star Development
My internship encounter took place at the Dixcove government hospital where I went to check on the effectiveness of the alternative water project that was suppose to assist and make work at the hospital easier. Dixcove is located on the outskirt of busua about five minutes drive away its main source of water is the tap water from the water works company which is owned by the government .I was told that the water remains stable as long a there is electric power. Usually the pump provides water for almost the entire hospital according to the tour guide, when power goes off it stops the water from flowing sometimes it takes three or more days for power to come back when it is cut. There was a solar system installed by the African Health Net which according to the guide has been broken for a while. They now rely solely on pipe water and well water for health service which can cause issues during health care administering.
July 15, 2013
TIME: 8 am-1:00 pm
Contact Person: Emmanuel, Peter
It rained this morning at around 6:45 am and I got scared at some point because normally or even since we are in the raining season, it might take numerous hours until the rain stops. But sometimes it drizzles instead. Since its a day to go to the site, I walked in the rain to the kitchen to get some stuffs so I can embark on my journey to my work site. Again, I made a few calls in the morning and eat breakfast to get started with the day. Ebenezer called me to come get some monies to run the place and arrange stuffs at the site. After breakfast and luckily the rain stopped I went to meet him the street and claimed the keys then continue the walk down to my site. On my way, spoke to a few locals and asked about how they were doing this morning. They said all were good! I was glad to hear that.
To my amazement, there was a pile up plastics right at the doorstep of the site and which means some good locals dropped it for free without any payment. I wished I could meet these people so I can thank them in personal. I dropped my little suitcase, opened up the site and put on my gloves so I can start going through the gifted delivery. Going through the pile of plastics was really though because it was mixed with unnecessary plastic bags and some were also thrash. It took me almost two hours going through them and at the end I packed a medium sized sac full with plastics both pure water and plastic bottles.
Day 4 at my service site went pretty well. Today i showed up at my service site at exactly 9am. My plan today was to help the grade 4 student but when I got to the school I meet the headmistress called Elizabeth. She needed me to help elsewhere since a teacher was absent, again.So I didn’t get the chance to help the grade 4 student but I was really bless to help grade 1 student. It’s was challenging but I loved it. It was challenging because I have to take full responsibility of grade 1 student by supervising their examination and read the question out loud for them because most of them can’t read.
Even though it’s was challenging but i love it. I wonder why the teachers don’t come so often. it’s been 3 times now that I have had to take the lead while a teacher was not in. If I wasn’t there to assist the class the students would have just missed the exam. That must be tough since they had studies and came to school prepared. I’m glad I helped but I believe they would have done better on the exams if their teacher had been there.