Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Adventure Begins!

Lead by the amazing Lilah and Mr. Oduro (Kwesi’s brother and the Science teacher at Heritage Academy JHS), the young teachers from F&M College set out on a four-day trip to Mole National Park this morning. They made it safely to Hand in Hand in Nkoranza, about halfway between Heritage and Mole, where Oduro reports the group has decided to ring in the new year in a church with their host, Josephine. Church in Ghana on an ordinary Sunday is an event…but church on New Year’s Eve–I can’t wait to hear the stories!

It’s already been an OIA (Only in Africa!) kind of 24 hours. We had Chinese food for dinner near the airport in Accra. And after their 32 hours of breathing the air on three continents; riding in cars, a van, two planes, and a sweaty school bus through sleepy little villages with no people–only a stray dog or two or a family of goats watching over the streets–we arrived at Jimmycom Guest House soon after midnight to bucket showers for all because the tap had stopped running earlier in the day and Fred, the guy in charge of the guest house, had no explanation for why the reservoir was empty. As if on queue, the power went out just as we were getting ready for bed. Candles flicker through the night. Luckily the house is made of cinder block walls and concrete floors–no fears about burning it down.

I didn’t realize roosters don’t know the difference between street lights and daylight until today. When the power came back between 3 and 4 am, I heard over-zealous doodle-doo of rooster after rooster straining to wake up the entire village and I smiled in my half-sleep thinking, OIA–I must be home!

Kwesi Koomson

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Safe Arrival!

We have officially arrived in Ghana! After two long flights, some chinese food (yes, very traditional), and a 2.5 hour drive from Accra to Ajumako, we have made it to the guest house!

Tomorrow we depart for Mole National Park to go on safari. On the way we will also visit and stay at Hand in Hand, which is an orphanage for abandoned children. We will also visit a sanctuary with monkeys who are said to be the ancestors of the people. We will get back on Tuesday night so that we can begin teaching at Heritage Academy on Wednesday! Nothing like ringing in the New Year with good work, good people, and some good animals!

More updates when we get back so keep following us!

– The F&M Crew

On our way…

Tomorrow 12 students from Franklin & Marshall College will travel to Ghana to teach at the Heritage Academy. Stay tuned for blog updates and pictures from the students about their experience at Heritage and traveling around Ghana!

Meet our F&M students!

Welcome to the Heritage Academy Blog!

The Heritage Academy was started by Franklin & Marshall alumni, Kwesi Koomson ’97.  In 2004, Kwesi established Heritage Academy in a church with 32 students. He intended for the Heritage Academy (PK-9th) to be a small school, however, the institution has grown in size with a successful enrollment of 1,057 students in 2011. In the fall of 2011, Heritage Academy will expand to include a secondary school (10-12th). Both campuses have consistently scored 100% pass on the national exams in a district where the average pass rate is 42%. Melissa Schoerke Koomson, wife and philanthropic partner of Kwesi Koomson, founded the Schoerke Foundation in 2006. The foundation continues to support Heritage Academy.

Kwesi currently works at the Westtown School in West Chester, PA which, along with Franklin & Marshall College, has a great working relationship with the Heritage Academy. Kwesi has brought students from from both schools over to teach and volunteer at the Heritage Academy and this blog is meant to document their experiences!

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