Project TEN and Chabad Ghana Joint Day of Culture and Volunteering
As part of a collaboration process, Project TEN and Chabad Ghana worked in collaboration to create a day of culture and volunteering bringing together Project TEN volunteers, Israeli youth living in Accra and our local partners and population in Winneba...
Project TEN Ghana works in partnership with local NGOs to implement sustainable projects in health, agriculture and education. Through these projects, knowledge is enriched, cultures are shared and tools for improving quality of life are exchanged.
As part of a collaboration process, Project TEN and Chabad Ghana worked in collaboration to create a day of culture and volunteering bringing together Project TEN volunteers, Israeli youth living in Accra and our local partners and population in Winneba. The day began in Winneba with ice breakers and trivia games about Ghana and Sukkot, followed by a BBQ lunch together in our Sukkah.
After lunch we went to our enrichment center Books and Things, to visit our mobile library class in a public school and to the demonstration farm. At the farm, we met with our Ghanaian partner and learned about the farm where the youth got a chance to plant their own seeds. From there we continued to Akosua village, where our partner Coast Bridge Ghana hosted us with a cultural dance show and drumming lesson. The final activity was a football match with the Israeli youth and the children from the village.
Thank you to everyone involved who worked hard to make this day such a success. Looking forward to the next time!
Thoughts from Tom Lewy- Chabad Youth Participant
After spending just one day with all the wonderful people who work for Project Ten (which must I say is a very clever name) I learned so much. Not only did I learn a lot about the projects that they are doing like the mobile library, but also about how lucky I am. A lot of the kids don't have many things that I take for granted yet they are all so happy and full of smiles.
During our tour we played some ice breakers in the house and had lunch, which later I found out that the tomatoes were grown by the project. We then went to the library and met some of the kids. Later we went to see some of the classes, which are very different form the classes I learn in.
After spending a short time in the library we went to the farm where we got to plant some seeds. To end our day, we played a football match with some of the local kids. Not only was it a great game but the view was beautiful.
A Message from Rabbi Noach Majesky
Living in a developing country although challenging, has certain benefits, if you're here as an Expat. You sort of begin living in a bubble and become oblivious to the sad realities going on around you. Upon returning from the trip, the feedback we'd received made one thing clear: These kids will never be the same. They got a chance to see the local people in their "natural habitat.” and had the opportunity to get involved in the solution. It was truly amazing to see how "natural" it was for some of the kids, to immediately get on the floor and play or read books with the local kids.
Aside for the amazing experience they had with the locals, it was the volunteers who really touched them. Stepping into the HQ of Project TEN in middle of nowhere, seeing so many Hebrew speaking adults, who have given three months from their carefree life to try and enhance the lives of complete strangers, was a huge inspiration.
The kids came back with so many exiting stories and memories, with one of them already asking about the timing of the next trip.
The work being done in Winneba is truly inspirational, and we are so glad we were able to give our youth a glimpse into your operation. It is our hope that as a community, we will be able to collaborate on many more such trips.