Dear blog,

Sorry for having neglected you for so long! Now I’m finally back :) And finally I’ve been back to the orphanage too. The summer back home was great but it’s also amazing to be here again. I’ve been going to the village a few times in the past couple of weeks. There has been a lot going on. Some weeks ago there were heavy rains in the region for three days in a row, combined with very strong winds which tore the entire roof off of maa Philo’s house (she’s the proprietor at the orphanage), holy moly! When I came to visit the family had gotten the roof fixed by crediting iron sheets, wood etc., but it was crazy to see the pictures. I had no idea it was so bad, in Accra it was not as bad at all.

After school. Kofi Teak is doing his homework while Makua, Diana, Felicia and Kobi are hanging around. Junior has just got back from school.

After school. Kofi Teak is doing his homework while Makua, Sammy, Diana, Felicia and Kobi are hanging around. Junior has just got back from school.

The kids are back in school. Atsu is now in his third year of SHS, Christie in her second. Even Sandra and Cassandra (our “baby” twin girls) are now attending the nearby nursery.  The first year students at SHS (Senior High School, the same as ‘gymnasium’ in Sweden) always start later in the first term so for the past few weeks we have been preparing for Esumang to start school. The system here is a bit  complicated and time-consuming. When the student has been admitted to a school the caregiver has to visit the school and pay a fee to get the bill which you then bring to the bank and pay there. After paying the bill you have to go back to the school and show the payment slip from the bank, after which you can pay for a prospectus that includes a list of all the items the student will be needing, which is quite a lot since SHS typically means boarding school.  There are also a bunch of other smaller (or bigger) fees to be paid here and there at the school. A lot of Ghanaian parents must really struggle to send their children to SHS.

Last week Friday we went to the market in a nearby town and bought the items Esumang will need and on this past Monday he started school. I’m looking forward to getting an update on his first impressions of his new school.

Back at the orphanage, marking the items before packing them on the chop box on the floor. Esumang, Maa Philo and aunty Sissi.

Back at the orphanage, marking the items before packing them on the chop box on the floor. Esumang, Maa Philo and aunty Sissi.

Christmas is approaching as well and I’m very excited about the fact that Color me Ghana will be part of the fairest Christmas market in Stockholm; Schysst jul, on December 5 and 6. It’s a fair trade Christmas market with lots of different organizations and social businesses partaking. A lot of great, fair trade products will be available and some engaging seminars will be held. It’s going to be awesome!