The 998 Good Bricks

Here I am, lying on the bed of my room, starring at my broken leg in Yamoransa, Ghana. As I stare at my broken leg, I have been wondering how much more challenging it has been to carry out my goals here in Ghana. The doctor told me to put no weight on my leg […]

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Lesson 9: Find Inspiration in Who You Are and Let It Drive You

February. Black History Month. A time when African Americans reflect on those who paved the way for who and what we are today. A time when we think about our blackness, and what it means to us individually and collectively and how we can continue to navigate spaces in our current political time. Black History […]

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Who’s smarter?

It sits ominously on the top of the mountain overlooking my entire life. Shrouded in mystery, some believe it’s owned by the Master Divine Drummer himself, while others would claim the owner is a German who comes around once a year to show university students what a poor Ghanaian village looks like. Either way, it’s […]

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Lesson 7: Holidays are for Gratitude

November and December is the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, all a time when we reflect with our family and friends about the all that we have witnessed and endured throughout the year. We express gratitude for surviving our hardships and solidarity in our mistakes. Last year, I celebrated Thanksgiving at one of […]

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Do you have what it takes?

Do you have what it takes to be an AgriCorps Fellow? Do you know someone who does? Find out below! What traits make you qualified? Committed to Food Security “I believe that the youth are the future. They are the ones that will create change. They will transform the agricultural industry. They are the ones […]

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It’s Not About the Snails

The warm tea was a nice touch to the end of a busy day of travel. One hundred miles in seven hours – yep, I’m in Ghana for sure. I paused and silently stared at the white tea cup in front of me. My eyes followed a hairline crack from the base of the reservoir, […]

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Liberia from a parents perspective..

“Welcome! Welcome to Liberia!” This is a greeting that I heard many times during my five-day stay in Liberia to visit my son, Nathan, and his wife Anna. This was inevitably followed by a Liberian handshake; which involves a normal handshake, followed by a thumb grip, and ending with our two hands clasping with fingers […]

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Taking chances on chickens.

A familiar face emerges from the dark, striding into the warm embrace of a flickering orange street lamp on the edge of town. He carries a white box and a toothy grin, “Erik, you have to see. They are here.” Peeling back the tattered cardboard flap, a flutter of red and white feathers leap forward […]

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A new chapter and the end of a beautiful book.

Beautiful flower petals adorned all around us as drumbeats reverberated through the air. A joyful celebration was about to ensue filled with champagne spraying through the hall, cake being cut, and crazy dance moves all around. I had no idea what to expect yet was so excited to be celebrating the wedding of one of […]

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Taking the LEAD.

Much of my efforts this past couple of months have gone to planning a speaking competition for the students of Ghana’s Northern Region. Time is spent contacting sponsors, seeking out judges, reserving venues and helping students prepare to compete. Unfortunately, public speaking is a completely foreign subject to most kids here. School systems in Ghana […]

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