Knowledgeable (Nov. 2015)

Knowledgeable: We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

We wake up this morning just a couple of short steps left to our goal of meeting and connecting with our sister school. These steps, however, are the most bold. Up until landing in Accra last night, nothing ventured was new to me. I’ve been to Chicago and London. I’ve sat cramped in the middle seat for many, many hours before. The flight from London to Accra started to get more interesting. It was an almost six-hour flight with a lot more interesting culture on board. People were dressed so impressively I was in awe on one hand and slightly embarrassed within my American blue jeans on the other. The international travelers still believe in traveling in style.

When we arrived at Accra, the true adventure began. We stayed overnight in a guesthouse used for medical teams and parents waiting on adoptions to complete. The next morning we headed to Tamale. Our last flight was a smooth one with a special treat at the end, the President was visiting and campaigning next year’s election. The traffic to our final destination was ‘spirited’ to say the least. Today I use knowledgeable because I recognized that the more we think we know, the less we really do know. I came into today having done some reading about Ghana but within the last 36 hours, I asked so many questions about the intricacies of this country and its people, I drove everyone around me crazy. We can know but how much do we REALLY KNOW. WATERisLIFE is a simple organization, bring clean water solutions and hygiene training to people in need. However, who the people are, how to help in the best long-term way, understanding the background of country, politics, government, and culture that complicates the efforts, are just a few layers to being effective in this simple project. I sit in awe today of our country and it’s government system!

I also took a picture of a sunset on the land that WATERisLIFE purchased for a guest house. It is with great hope that I can take another picture with an Odyssey scholar on the front porch. :)