My name is Autumn Buzzell and I live and work in Ghana, West Africa with City of Refuge Ministries. Here, I run our school, Faith Roots International Academy, and get to be a part in rescuing and the healing of children who have been trafficked into the fishing trade, orphaned, abandoned, and those who just need a little extra loving. What an amazing gift this life is!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Letters and Ghana

So, I'm realizing that while everything in Ghana takes forever and seems extremely disorganized, in one main way, they are very formal. And that is the art of the "letter". To do ANYTHING here in Ghana, you need a letter.
Last week, Mr. Francis went to the Ghana Education Service (which is the NATIONAL office that controls all things education in this country) to check up on our private school certificate. Unfortunately, the head of the office has taken an extended leave and now, all of the sudden, our paperwork that we submitted in JULY is now missing. TIA, right (This Is Africa).
So, we sent him back today with the paperwork so they can make sure the process is finished up right and wouldn't you know, they wouldn't accept the paperwork without a cover letter. So, they made Francis leave so that he would have to go all the way back to Accra another day to turn in that letter. Oh, my goodness! It was so annoying!
Well, John and Stacy made the trip to Accra today too to check in with the Ghana Electricity Company and wouldn't you know it...they wouldn't meet with them today about supplying our electricity until, you guessed it, they brought with them a letter.
So, I guess we'll try this whole thing again. Sometimes, all you can say is TIA!!!!

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