As you saw from our first Tamale post, our volunteer task at Creating Change Now was to paint a school in a small village called Tua. We fell in love with the kids there and it was almost impossible not to try to take several of them with us.
Together with the head contractor, Mathew, we finished that school from top to bottom and even presented the students with a new soccer ball and a couple of ABC posters to put up in their new classrooms. This volunteer job was the highlight of my second time in Tamale!
Then of course, there was the motorcycle accident. That slowed us down and little. There’s nothing worse than coming home from a run to see a banged up motorcycle and hear that your husband was the driver. Scary!! But we’re very thankful it wasn’t worse!
Before we knew it, it was our last day in Tamale and it couldn’t have been more perfect! There were two last things to do before I felt that I could leave this city once again…
I wanted to do something meaningful for my old neighbours from Jisonayilli before I left. Recently they had two new additions to their family. The mother had a new baby-Shakida (now a total of 8 kids) and the oldest sister, Samsia, had a little baby girl named Fatima. I wasn’t sure when they would have a chance to see printed photos of all of them together so this was a gift I decided to give them.They were really appreciative and it was so nice to get to spend a large part of my last day in Tamale with Asia and her family.
#2-A Lesson in Red-Red
Our second activity of the day was a lesson in our favourite Ghanaian dish, “Red-Red”…given to us by our friend Joseph’s wife Veronica. She kindly left her 4 year old and twins with her neighbour in order to be sure that we left Ghana knowing how to make this fabulous dish.
We started with a trip to the market to get the supplies. Then we went back to the house and made our creation.
Red-red is a wonderful combination of sweet, crispy plaintains (those things that look like huge bananas) and beans in a savory, tomato stew. Pop us an email if you are feeling adventurous and would like to try this recipe!