Just north of Hohoe, in the Volta Region, is a small village called Akpafu Mempeasem (Ahk-pah-foo Mem-pay-ah-sem); one of six Akpafu villages. It sits at the base of a mountain (Akpafu Todzi sits at the top) and looks across a valley to another mountain.
|The clouds hang low in the early mornings.|
|Low clouds across the valley. This is what I saw each morning from my house.|
|A storm moving in|
|Less than a minute later! (I was very lucky to get under cover just before it poured)|
|Sunset (sun rises were over the mountain across the valley. Both were beautiful.|
|From the bottom of the road (there's only one road in this town) looking up. In the rainy season everything is green and lush. In the dry season everything is the color of the road.|
|The school where I taught. It's a small, village technical school. Students there are either too poor or didn't have the test scores to get into a "good" school. They've grown (it was just a day school but now they offer boarding) and added some programs. There were only three when I taught there (Technology, Home Economics and Agricultural Science). Now there are five.|
|The classroom block where the first-year students had their classes. It's not used any more. They now have a 2-story building with electricity and windows!|
|We didn't even have blackboards when I got there. The technology students made some out of cement-grout which was then painted black. It worked...sort of.|
The place changes, and yet doesn't, each time I go back. The volunteer there now (there's not always a volunteer in the village but there was when I went to visit this last time) lives in a house with electricity and running water.
|This is how I got my water|
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