Kids from the Village in Ghana West Africa experience A Dream Come True Weekend

January 15, 2021
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By Paul Allen Billings

If you have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, just imagine how it has impacted the kids in a village where the average yearly income is $600 per person. While this may seem unimaginable, it is the reality for many.  The thought of it put life in perspective and reminds us how blessed we really are. It is easy to take simple things for granted such as having access to food, clean water, or simply enjoying your favorite program from the comfort of your own home. 

We call it A Dream Come True Weekend. What began as a trip to educate kids on Africa’s history and explore other cities during a journey filled weekend, has now become a yearly mission.  For the second year in a row, our Ghana Based NGO “The Bernice Mayes Memorial Academic Improvement Project” sponsored A Dream Come True Weekend. 10 kids from the Abeadze Kyeakor village in Ghana, Africa travel, learn, and engage in several activities. They have the opportunity to experience something that they wouldn’t have done otherwise.

We began our journey to the city of Accra, Africa. This is a 4 hour drive from their village. On this educational trip kids have the chance to visit the country’s largest city for the first time. The city also serves as the Hub for almost everything. Once we reached our destination, we were greeted by the most humble people and astonishing sites. The first night in the city was really special.  I think that really set the tone for the trip. Over the next two days, the kids experienced many things for the first time including their first stay in a hotel. They enjoyed first class service at the apartment hotel. The journey also included visiting historical landmarks and museums. They actually saw the national symbols, structures, and artifacts they read about in school. 

 

By the end of the weekend, the kids and I really bonded.  Something that we all took away from the trip was learning our history and building lasting relationships.  This was an experience of a lifetime. It has impacted the lives of the kids in many ways and is something they will cherish for years to come. It’s not every day you can help make someone’s dream come true. Thanks to people like Agnes Doe Agbewornu for making all the arrangements and Gilliam Nii Lighter and Christian Buckman for running our NGO, it was truly a dream come true weekend.

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