It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

As December comes around the corner I certainly have a lot to be thankful for.  Forty-eight household latrines are complete, we have begun construction on the school latrines, I have submitted all my grad school applications, the Ghanaian Presidential campaigns are winding down with no problems, I just had Thanksgiving at the new ambassador’s house, Notre Dame is in the National Championship and last but not least I’ll be home in less than three weeks!  Yeah I’d say life is  pretty good right now.

This post will be rather short since the first paragraph sums it all up.  One of the two 30x8x7  foot pits is half dug and most of the sand has been gathered to mix with the cement.  We still need to finish this first pit and dig the other one as well as gather more sand.  The cement should come next week and then we can begin molding blocks (approximately 3000).  Once that is complete, then the rest of the materials and the skilled artisans will come to complete the structures.  In the end, we will have two six-seater latrine blocks.  One for the primary school and one for the junior high school.  We’ll see how much work gets done while I’m home for the holidays.

Thanksgiving take two was a great success.  This year I stayed with a USAID worker.  He just came to the country six weeks ago from Thailand and his wife is in the US expecting their first child.  Needless to say he was looking for some “guy time” so he hosted me and three other male volunteers.  We had a great time just hanging out drinking Amstel and wine from a bottle…a luxury for us PCVs.  He was a great host and it was nice to have American accommodations plus a pool.

Now I am seeing that this school latrine project gets started on the right foot before I leave for home.  The presidential and parliamentary elections are one week from tomorrow (December 7th) so that is creating a buzz around the country.  Normally elections instill fear among Americans in African countries but Ghana is an exception.  Everything is expected to run smoothly and there have been no significant reports of violence.  As a precaution, we are instructed to remain in our villages from December 5-9 just in case something was to happen.  I will keep you posted on this via Facebook but it’s definitely a “no news is good news” situation.

Well like I said this was going to be a short post.  I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and trying not to get caught up in the madness.  You already have more than you could ever possibly dream of.  That said, feel free to buy me as much stuff as you want!

Steve

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