Ghana 2009 - Day 8
Today we got a lie in, getting up at 8:00am rather than our usual 6:00am, which was gratefully received! The morning was spent where the remaining wheelchairs were being stored. There were only a handful of wheelchairs left but our job was to sort through them and fix them up as needed. We also had a waiting list of a few people who were still yet to receive a wheelchair, so we attempted to see if any of the wheelchairs would be appropriate for them. We managed to make use of all but three of the wheelchairs (all of them specialist chairs). I then got summoned by some of the Light Outreach Team to go to the market with them. I realised when I got there that they were planning to make us all an outfit as a gift to remind us of Ghana, and they wanted me to help them pick the material. I attempted to pick out some material for each of the team members, none of it particularly subtle!
Late afternoon we were taken up to the mountains to the wood carvings market. It was our chance to be tourists! It took a while to get there, so before we knew it we had to leave, but there was just enough time to buy a few items, including for me an African drum! Fortunately we had some of the interpreters there to help us barter. It was great to see all the beautiful carvings, even if they did try to convince us that some of it was real ebony, when the black shoe polish could still be seen nearby!
Tonight we were presented with our outfits, which we wore to a meal in our hotel with all the team, including our Light Outreach colleagues and all the interpreters. It was lovely to get together and celebrate the end of a very productive and highly worthwhile trip.