Access to proper sanitation in the Okponglo Community: The need for public toilets
Sweatman, Hannah. 2019. Access to proper sanitation in the Okponglo Community: The need for public toilets -- Lambda Alpha Journal, v.49, p.87-96
The Boren Scholarship, a program focused on introducing Americans to less commonly taught languages, awarded me a yearlong scholarship to Ghana to study the language Twi. I spent twelve months in Ghana from August 2018 to August 2019 living and studying at the University of Ghana, Legon in Accra, Ghana. While there, I became involved with an NGO called Play and Learn Foundation (PAL). This NGO is a grassroots organization, primarily based in Okponglo, Bawaleshie and Legon. I was involved with writing project proposals, numerous reading literacy programs and home tutoring in Okpong?o. Through tutoring in the community, I began building very close relationships with some of the children and their families. After gaining the trust of the girls' families, our tutoring relationship evolved into more of a mentorship or big sister relationship. I would attend birthday parties in the community and take the girls to see movies or go to the mall. Their mothers and older sisters (tried) teaching me how to make banku and jollof rice--which I quickly realized was more difficult than it looked (I'm looking at you, banku). If they finished their homework early, they would come to my hostel and have fun creating dance routines and doing makeovers.