Life Change Stories

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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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.

Regards,

Tarique Plummer

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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!

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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,

Scilla.

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Wide Open

Call it Sanctuary, a safe haven or a place of refuge but fundamentally, it’s the hospital for the hurt, afflicted, lonely and rejected. Perfectly sandwiched between two colossal edifices was a community within a community.

I was gifted the opportunity of spending the weekend there and so I did. Through the stories,  keynotes, interactions, discussions and activities, l learnt that life has greater meaning when yours is dedicated in service of others. I learnt that persons who have trodden the battle field of abuse, hurt and bewilderment do exist and some are trying pretty hard to better themselves.
I learnt that to invest time in others is an investment in a better world.

I was blown out of the water for the grave selflessness displayed by the speakers. The joy they found in the giving of themselves and their certainty when their life mission was thrown in the limelight.

Someone asked, “What would be your advice to those who want to change the world?”

-“Don’t. Change yourself”  replied the speaker.

This speaks volumes to the great potential of one individual with the right attitude and values. An individual who has identified his/her purpose and “risks rejection in hopes of acceptance”.

The time spent at Sanctuary was an eye opener to say the least!

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Press Release!

Life Change Adventures exists to instigate the type of change that builds brighter and better futures. We could not be more thrilled than to know we played a small part in making this happen. What a great bit of news! Read More

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Blue and white… they insisted; ‘Ice colours’ they said, ‘its cool!’

Days later our office is still strung up with streamers and tinsel across various doorways, and the only traditional ‘Christmassy’ element is the jovial Santa smiling at me whenever I exit the stairs.


 

Sunnydale Connect is anything but a typical or traditional youth group. Why not an ice theme for the Christmas celebration? Diverse to the max… a huge range of cultures and backgrounds, age and experience… people who have no obvious natural basis for being together do so in ‘Connect’…  Africans, Asians, Latin Americans. North Americans… all together… laughing, struggling, creating, playing, learning…!

Sometimes more than 30 gather and the energy generated is something to behold. We have outgrown our space, we are stretching our leaders to the hilt, our finances are under pressure, but we are seeing change and growth and friendship and transformation.

I watched our gang devour two turkeys, Halal chicken, vegetables galore, citrus punch and an abundance of pie & ice cream, and was struck again; just how important the act of ‘celebration’ and appreciation is in the life of community and relationship building. We may each enter this holiday season from different perspectives and faith orientations, but surely we can all decide to celebrate; celebrate others, celebrate life, celebrate the next breath I take, celebrate it all. We in Life Change will certainly celebrate these kids and our sacred journey with them.