Day 6: YO – OH

Today we travel to the village of Lolito at last. After baited breath we arrive to a welcoming choir rejoicing in our arrival. To most of us, it is a scene completely novel and sets us back on our heels. Our tiring travels of the morning are forgotten instantly when we hear the loud drums being played by students of Smile Child Academy. The master of ceremony, a French teacher at the school, introduces the students and teachers to us, the visitors from Canada. One of the elders in the village who sat as the chair of the school remembered his time with Canadian travellers from long ago and sang a few lines of the Canadian national anthem to welcome us. As each teacher gives a quick introduction and the students sing songs, Jeremy is also asked to speak to the audience. With that, students come dressed in cultural attire and perform an amazing dance for us. The smiles and joy on their faces is difficult to describe in words.

While we unpack the van, children from the neighbourhood are very quick to assist. With that, we waste no time playing a game of frisbee and touring the school with them. We are relieved to see that although there is a language barrier that we are able to interact and engage with them. We have been dreaming about the interactions we would be having with these children and now finally getting here at the village, we are ready to eat, sing, and dance with the children!


Day 5: Ubuntu, I am because we are

William Blake wrote: “we are put on earth for a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of love.”

Africans say “Ubuntu – a person becomes a person through other people.”

Tk says: “all human lives are equal in value and have immense potential.”

As we travel long hours on buses, visit slave castles and interact with child hawkers on a beach a thought occurs to us: people – loving people – caring for people – valuing people is very important. We step in a new context and step in to the lives of people with unique life experiences. We walk in footprints made in the sand by Isaac, a loyal plantain chips hawker on the shores of Cape Coast. After our football game last night we are close acquaintances. He shares with us his dreams to be a doctor; in his own way he has recognized his gift and ability for the sciences and works hard to fulfill these. No online career quiz required! We ponder, how may we bear the beams of love with the Isaacs of our world who are people just like us? He asks us for money to buy a soccer ball, but is that the best way to support his potential? We don’t have an immediate answer, but we do buy a load of plantain chips from Isaac to do what we can to help him in the moment.

 The team:

After we leave Cape Coast, we take the opportunity to visit the nearby Kakum National Park and its walkways among the trees, from which we can look down on the Ghanaian rainforest. As we take in the undisturbed beauty of the countryside, we also grow closer as a team. We bond over our varied reactions to the experience, from awe at the view to fear at the height of the walkways. When we finally return to Accra after several hours sweltering in traffic, the power is out, but that doesn’t stop us from cooling off. As a storm sweeps over the city, we go outside and play in the rain. This is the first time we have been cold in Ghana! Afterwards, when we gather as a team to discuss the day, we all agree that we had a great time getting to know each other better, despite the amount of time spent in transit. Tomorrow we leave for Lolito, and the chance to get involved in a village beyond the sight and mind of many in Ghana, despite its very real needs. Because we won’t have internet access there, this will be the last of our posts for a while, but we will still write out our daily thoughts, to be posted when we get back to Accra next Tuesday.


Day 4: A walk through history

This morning after breakfast, we left for Cape Coast. After a two and half hour journey through Central Region, we arrived at our beautiful destination by the ocean. Even though the scenery was striking, our afternoon assumed a much more serious tone.

We went on a tour through the Cape Coast Castle, a historic structure that was the heart of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Over a period of 300 years, 60 million slaves were shipped from Africa to other parts of the world. As we saw the chambers, graves, torture cells, and Door of No Return, the team was able to see the realities that we only learned about in school. Many of us left having a lot to think about and process.

After dinner, we started a football game on the beach with some of the local children. We noticed how easy it was to connect with them and we loved laughing and talking with them. This makes us optimistic about our trip to Lolito in a few days. The experience promises to be a truly enlightening one.

We spent the rest of our evening reflecting as a group on our thoughts from the afternoon. Many of us had questions about what our role is in fighting injustices and how our values transfer over into action. We’ve decided as a group, that the first thing we must do is gain more clarity on who we are, something we will continue to think about for the rest of the trip.


Day 3: Passion for Compassion

On our third day, we woke up to a lovely breakfast; we got ready and were taken to “Action Chapel”. There, we were exposed to the religious avenue of the country and engaged as the congregation sang praises and listened while the pastor preached. This was a different type of church than most of us have ever been exposed to. The passion radiated from the entire congregation, while the focus was very much on the prosperity gospel.

Later on in the afternoon, TK’s Aunt Nunya, met with us to discuss the ‘Smile Child Foundation’. As the founder of this school, she shared her passion with us and filled the gaps that we were missing. Her eyes glittered in promise as she spoke about her plans and endless possibilities the school could offer. She really values the quality of education that is received by the students and hopes to open up this opportunity to a thousand students from the Lolito village and beyond. This will be done by expanding the school, providing on campus accommodations and summer camps for the kids and youth. We look forward to finally interact with the students and see the school.

Lastly, Priscilla’s family invited us over for a wonderful dinner. They welcomed us with open arms and made us feel like family. After a couple hours of laughter and games, we went back to TK’s house. To wrap the night up, we meet us a group to debrief and talk about our day and experiences.


Day 2: We are one people

It is a cool morning and by now we know better to wear short sleeve t-shirts! Somehow we assume if we absorb enough cool now, it will sustain us under the hot afternoon sun later in the day. It doesn’t.

Grandpa Mawuli sits with us. His welcome to us is a song in one of many Ghanaian languages, Ewe [pronounced ‘eh – weh’]. We are treated with much honor and respect as we each share our reasons for coming to Ghana and soon Lolito. Indeed, “we are one people” each armed with a passion to change the world around us.

The afternoon was spent on the busy streets of Osu, hassling for soccer balls and out of the grasp of eager merchants. At the end of the day tired, sweaty and with our bellies full, we learn another lesson: lack of electricity and occasional mosquitoes make for great conversation and bonding under candlelight.

An adventure does await and we are expectant!


Day 1: Miawezor!

We arrived in Ghana around 8:30pm at the airport. Despite some comedic “porter haggling”, we were able to get to TK’s residence by 10pm. The famous plantain chips staple snack in Ghanaian culture was indulged as we all shared our travel experiences around the beautiful living room table. TK provided us with a summary of what to expect in the coming days and had a detailed scheduled of the next day on the board. We were each assigned rooms and it was lights out by midnight.



TMIP2015: Tarique Plummer

I believe the world will change when I first change myself.

My life fixation for a long time has been to simply impact those around me. However, I felt I had the right aim but my understanding of how to go about the objective was lacking. Fortunately, Jeremy pitched the Mission Immersion program to me and instantly there was an internal click. Learning about people, lifestyles, cultures, listening to stories and lending a helping hand have all become my highlights. I can truly say my perspective as it relates to life on a whole has expanded exponentially.

As a scientist in the eyes of academia, a cricketer by hobby and a humanitarian by heart, I have grown so much. My intellectual, spiritual and interpersonal faculties have all been nurtured. I have no regrets.

The international component of Mission Immersion takes me to West Africa, Ghana. An adventure I am eagerly looking forward to. The thought that I will be able to strengthen another society, learn their way of life, and increase my appreciation for what I have while at the same time, enhancing my idea of how I can be even more of a contributor to society, excites me.

I believe the world will change when I first change myself. Admittedly, my development is ongoing and I hope that one day my dream will be actualized.


Tarique Plummer


TMIP2015: Nikhile Mookerji

I am very excited for this opportunity and will hopefully return next summer to help fulfill Tk’s dream of having one Youth Centre where any student can come, share their dreams, and have the assistance and tools provided to accomplish them!

Future of Africa (FoA) came into my life last August when I first heard its founder, Tk, talk about his trips to Ghana and all that he had been able to accomplish. I was moved to say the least. After his key note I went up to speak to him briefly and asked him if he knew about KhanAcademy. He seemed curious and as such I told him a bit more about KhanAcademy, what they do, and how some organizations have taken those teaching videos into African villages to revolutionize teaching.

I really didn’t think anything would come about from this brief interaction in late August but Tk did in fact follow up a few months later. He wanted to know if I truly was passionate about this project and weather or not I would want to lead a trip to the village of Lollito in hopes of establishing a computer lab for the students with KhanAcademy’s successful youtube videos. I was ecstatic at the idea and did a lot of research to see what other organizations, schools, and universities have done who had similar goals as us. Notre Dame University in the U.S. attempted to simulate a very similar project as we had hoped and with that we had a framework of what we would want to do.

Our trip this year is only a pilot project to go to the village of Lollito, understand the culture, the students, and the educational atmosphere and create a curriculum that can best take advantage of the KhanAcademy resources that we are coming with. I am very excited for this opportunity and will hopefully return next summer to help fulfill Tk’s dream of having one Youth Centre where any student can come, share their dreams, and have the assistance and tools provided to accomplish them!


Yenk⊃ Ghana!

Hidden along the Atlantic Coast of Africa is the republic of Ghana; pregnant with mineral wealth, infectious hospitality and a vision for change! It is within this hope-laden land that we find our next adventure!

Life Change Adventures, along with Future of Africa joins and supports the Smile Child Foundation (a school founded by the local people of Lolito, Ghana) on a journey to build up their community through the education of their children. This year, myself along with a team of six others will be heading to Ghana as a part of The Mission Immersion Project. Over the next couple of days we hope to bring you some insight into what each participant is excited about as we prepare to leave. Here is my bit: we’re going to my home country!

Nante yie,


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Future of Africa

Future of Africa was founded to transform lives and villages.

Many world communities are broken and hungry for change yet our behaviours are founded on beliefs that limit our human potential. Community development requires a change in the consciousness of new leadership, and a renewed sense of culture for a good quality of life. The change we seek calls for a generational transformation in our values, beliefs and attitudes, through small acts of great love and service. We have a heart for the world, but our context is Africa.

Africa will develop through the hands of children and youth, who take leadership responsibilities for change in their communities. As such, we believe the time is now for young Africans to become invested in the lives of people, to serve and lead the change.

Follow Future of Africa’s current adventure on the streets of Accra, where they engage their street family and together discover how they too can be the future of Africa

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