I got my official "International Travel Packet" for Ghana, West Africa yesterday. I think I could use two words to describe how it felt to be reading it were intimidated & overwhelmed! It does certainly sound like the staff will take good care of you while you are there which is a relief. You have to buy minutes, but they do provide you with a Ghanian cell phone to use while you are in country. They also included detailed packing checklists for both personal items and paperwork which should prove to be extremely helpful.
I was particularly enlightened by the section on the "facilities" with the subcategories of "squat toilets" and "toilet paper woes". Hmmm...
We're hoping to take in a few touristy type things while we are there. I mean who wants to go all the way to Africa and not see what they've got going on. Some of the sights they suggested was the Akumoso Lake Boat Tour, Kakum National Park & Cape Coast Castles tour, Wli falls, and Aburi Botanical Gardens. I would love to go to Kakum, but since heights are not my thing we will have to see how brave I am.
I did get to talk/webcam with Mercy this morning which was the perfect thing to lift my spirits. Just seeing her smiling face and hearing her voice makes this wait just a little more bearable. I am sending a few things for her with our agency director as she travels to Ghana next week. I asked Mercy what she needed and she told me candy, biscuits, a dress, socks, and two pairs of shoes - one for school and one for church. She's certainly not shy about asking for what she needs. Love that girl!