Mission Rabies Ghana, Chapter 2: Arrival in Accra
Accra, Ghana. 2:30 p.m. on a Saturday – After clearing customs and getting my suitcase, I met my driver holding a Mission Rabies sign, and we were off to the Agoo Hostel, where I can chill out and relax for a bit.
At 7 p.m. I’ll have dinner with the other Mission Rabies Ghana 2020 team members who have arrived. From what I gather, it will be me, Laura, Ingrid, and Peter arriving early in the day. It looks like Petra arrived a few days early. Charlotte, Leigh, and Anke are arriving later in the day, and will be taken to the hostel, along with Helena. Jo is already at Lake Bosomtwe, waiting for our arrival. Tomorrow, we depart bright and early for Lake Bosomtwe.
For this one evening, we’re staying at the Agoo Hostel.
I was the second person to arrive at the hostel today. A veterinarian, Laura, arrived early this morning. She lives and works in Arlington, VA. It’s her first stint with Mission Rabies. Then, two other volunteers, Ingrid and Peter, arrived.
At dinner I met Ingrid and her husband Peter. Ingrid is originally from Canada, but lives in the U.S., in New Jersey, with Peter. Ingrid works in the pharmaceutical industry for MSD, the company that supplies vaccines for these Mission Rabies projects. I also met Petra, a veterinarian from the Czech Republic. We had a nice vegetarian dinner at the communal table at the hostel. After some nice chatting, I went back to my room and crashed. Tomorrow we’ll have breakfast with the same crew, plus some late arrivals, and then we leave for Lake Bosomtwe.
Recently here in this region, a 12-year old boy died of rabies after being bitten by a dog. There is still much work to be done here, and in Asia as well. Our Mission Rabies work is helping to reduce these awful incidents. To continue this work requires financial resources, the vast majority of which come from individual donations. If you’ve enjoy my postings and support the work I’ve been doing, I hope you’ll take a moment to make a donation to help support my mission in Ghana and future missions.
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