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It was all going swimmingly...

We are never moaning about the food or the weather out here again after spending a week in a Ghanaian hospital. We take back everything we said.

Week 5 went well and very quickly. We now have full accompaniment for all of our songs using African instruments. Nii mentioned he had a friend who was a bass guitarist and so we have used some of the money that was donated to pay for him to come and give one of the boys bass lessons as we felt a little out of our depth trying to teach this! His lessons are going really well and he is picking it up really quickly so we feel he won't need many more until he is a proficient player and can work out patterns to songs by himself. We are also teaching Martin the keyboard (he is the most confident at reading music) so he can become the accompanist and hopefully teach others when we are gone. He is already passing on his words of wisdom to the other young boys much to our amusement. We thought that by working closely on one instrument with a few of the older children it would help to give the project more structure as they can pass on what we have taught them.

From her previous placement, Hannah learnt how to make bracelets from string and so we are passing on this knowledge and teaching the children out here so they can sell the bracelets to make some money. Jay is an excellent seamstress and has a small hut where she makes bags and placemats. We are hoping to encourage her to start making some more so she can sell them and maybe set up a little gift shop on site that tourists can come and visit. We recently bought some material to make an African dress as well so we can't wait for her to show us how to sew!

Last weekend, we had an amazing visit to Cape Coast (about 3 hours away from Accra). We spent Saturday at Kakum National Park wobbling on rope bridges through the tree canopies - it was an incredible experience - before heading to a bar overlooking a beautiful beach where we taught the bar tender how to make a g&t! On Sunday we had a tour around Cape Coast Castle which is an old slave castle used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade to hold slaves before they were shipped to America. It was quite an emotional experience and made us slightly embarrassed to be white.

It was all going swimmingly until Monday when Lily started to be sick. We weren't concerned until by the early hours of Tuesday it was no better...13 hours later she was discharged from hospital with a bacterial infection so put on a course of antibiotics and told she would be fine. 13 hours following this, she was back in and feeling worse. In true Africa style, it was a viral infection not bacterial hence why she was not feeling better on antibiotics. They kept her in overnight and she is now fine but slightly scarred after sharing a ward with women in screaming labour. Hannah is recovering from a numb bum after sitting by the bed all day. We do now have Doctor Joyce on speed dial, though we are hoping that we won't need to use it!

We are now counting down our last two weeks before our travels around Ghana so will be busy doing as much teaching as we can before we head off!

Posted by HannahandLily 03:34 Archived in Ghana

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