So it took me 2.5 days to get to Cape Coast but i'm here safe and sound. When arriving in Accra day 1 i was propmtly reminded that i was in Africa aftering being hissed at, asked if i was married and approached by an eyeball-less beggar, and i say that in a complementary manner - i mean, i know thats what africa is about and i'm ok with that, apart from the eyeball thing, thats not cool. Anyway we were taken out to Cape Coast and shown around to get our bearings and made to remember where our houses were - very usefull! My host family is lovely, all 7 of them and so are the other 7 volunteers i'm living with - they are Aus, French Swiss and German. Yep, 15 people in one basic Ghanaian home, but i have running water, one flushing loo and one foul shower. We live only 3 min walk from the main road were all the public tranport is which is great - plenty of goats and chickens to dodge on that walk and all dirt roads, so yay for my goofy walking shoes.
Made our way out to my orphanage yesterday which is in a little village called Asebu - it took an hour to get there - 1 taxi and a tro (being a crap van that you squash up to 18 people in [yes mum its very unsafe and seat belts are nonexistant] i'm not a fan of tro rides - terrifying). My orphans were beautiful! So polite and friendly - they live in extremely simple conditions but are healthy looking and seem really happy. The youngest is Kojo being 18months, yet he is the size of a 9 month old. All of the kids actually are all very small for their ages. Apparently they have been orphaned from parents dying of AIDS or simply being abandoned. Due to this none of them know there exact age. After school we took them down to the sports oval where another Projects Abroad project is being. There were about 50 other local kids from the village there just playing soccer - this included toddlers and no parents to be seen - that why they started the projects, kids here are completely independant and have nothing to do, this may explain why they start school age 3. Our kids were surprisingly the healthiest and most well dressed looking kids at the oval. Soccer is all the GO!!! Don't think my AFL balls are going to go down very well (