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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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Summer Classes

Every summer for the past two years, we have done summer camps. 

The first summer, my friend Katie came out to spend her spring break here in Ghana to plan it all out, and then my friends Victor, Christy, and Amy came out to run the camp in August.

Last summer, I worked on the curriculum with Christy after we spent time chatting about it together in Australia. Then, she came out with a big team and we ran the camp for all of our students, almost 150 kids on our campus every morning participating in games and fun, half of them speaking very little English, but having a blast.

This year, it didn't work to plan out any activities like that, but a friend that we met last year, Abigail, recommended a tutoring camp. And so, we planned out two weeks of tutoring for our students and some of our teachers. It has been so fun to see our volunteers getting time with our students and building relationships with our kids, and the kids learning from the teachers in small group settings. The teachers have tried to develop hands on lessons for our students based on skills that need a little extra practice for our students. The kids are so excited to be playing"games" all day, and I am so excited to see our kids learning instead of bored at home.

It's been sweet and good and also gives me structured time to work on the upcoming school year as we prepare for a new year with new challenges and new students and new teachers and just the newness that each academic year brings.

Working together in small groups to write about the history of Ghana.

Playing around the world with math facts with Aunty Dawn.

Learning about colors and the science of colors with Sir Wisdom.

Small group reading and writing with Aunty Eva and Aunty Valentina.

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