From Maryla's journal :

"Today some administrative work had to be done… Children need books, note books & some educational material for school. The classes started last Tuesday and they should have all the books on Monday. Tomorrow we have a lot of shopping to do... "

" ...we went for a beach walk to the local fishermen’s village. Exotic, beautiful, peaceful views… Grandmother of Abigail, one of our dancers, lives there so we went to see her. Then children performed on the village square. I really like this place.

Day 10 – Wednesday, 05/09LIBRARY

  • Day at the library: many children came. They come at different times, they have different level… Not easy to manage….

  • Krystyna went to Accra to take back her passport with an extended visa .

Day 11 – Thursday, 06/09LIBRARY

  • In the morning I was writing, putting photos & organizing my journal. The first 9 days are finished.

  • Slack-line, 45min close to the Health Center which is not even 5 minutes from library. I had a lot of people watching me. They were curious. But nobody wanted to try…

  • We went to the Oduro Kwateng Memorial School which is just cross the road from our library. Few of our Freespirit Group’s kids want to change school and go to this one. They had to pass the test to be admitted and to determine to which class they should go. All of them will have to go back one or even three classes.

The level of many schools in Moree is very poor. There are two quite big public schools which are free of school fees. The problem is that there are even more than one hundred students in one class, difficult to manage the discipline and good education in such conditions…In some younger classes, somebody from National Service could help the teacher to keep the discipline or mark the children.

In private schools, quite a few of them in Moree, children need to pay admission fee. But this doesn’t mean that the level is better…The small fees, which is still difficult to pay for parents, doesn’t permit to employ the qualified teachers. After completing a lot of schools, children still can’t read or do some basic arithmetic operations.

This year parents discovered this problem and started to talk aloud about their dissatisfaction / discontent and try to change the school for the better one. Content discontent

  • Mathematic lesson for children class three and four: addition, subtraction…  

Day 12  – Friday ,07/09 LIBRARY

Today some administrative work had to be done… Children need books, note books & some educational material for school. The classes started last Tuesday and they should have all the books on Monday. Tomorrow we have a lot of shopping to do, because the Freespirit Foundation buys this material for many children. It also pays the school fees for the most committed members of the culture group.

Day 13 – Saturday, 08/09MOREE - COOKING AT EMMANUEL'S HOME

  • We are interested in African culture, food and Moree’s everyday live. We want to see how our kids and their families live. Krystyna plans to publish an album about Freespirit Group kids and their live. So we need to collect the material: photos, stories, details about their families,…

  • Today we were invited by Akontsen’s mother for Fufu & Palm Soup. First we went with them to Cape Coast market to do some shopping. Than we bought some school books and exercise books.

  • Krystyna invited us for a drink: I took Pineapple Moringa jus, Krystyna – Line tea with pure honey and Eammanuel – hot chocolate. Everything was really good. Than we had some lunch on the street…

  • In the afternoon we went to Akontsen’s house to assist them in cooking. Palm soup – palm grains + tomatoes + onions + different kind of fish. Fufu – Kasawa / Manioc + bananas plantains. We also visited his grandmother and other members of his big family.

Day 14 – Sunday, 09/09MOREE BEACH & FISHERMAN’S VILLAGE

  • Finally I met Monika. She lives and works in Accra. And today she came to visit us. We took children and went to Moree Beach to rest, rehearse and do a little bit of slack-line… A lot of local children were also there to collect the coconuts. They offered me one. They tried the slack-line as well.

  • Afterwards we went for a beach walk to the local fishermen’s village. Exotic, beautiful, peaceful views… Grandmother of Annabelle, one of our dancers, lives there so we went to see her. Then children performed on the village square. I really like this place.

Day 15 – Monday, 10/09LIBRARY

  • Checking level of kids (Francesca, Sophia & Stephanie) in reading, grammar & math: poor of everybody except Stephanie;

  • Distribution of school material & bags (1st part)

  • Slack-line close to Health Center

  • In the afternoon kids were rehearsing drumming & dancing

  • Beer in Moree’s bar close to the taxi station with Krystyna

Day 16 – Tuesday, 11/09LIBRARY

  • On our way to the library we visited Moree Methodist Primary School were we have Stephen, Mary Amissah and Araba. It’s very close to the place we live.

  • In the afternoon we went to Oduro Kwateng Memorial School, which is just cross the road from our library, on a small hill. Few kids moved to this school this year and now the majority of our children are there.

  • Today M.X from National Service came to register with us. He’ll start to work on Monday and will be with us for one year. My job will be to teach his how to use the computer (Word, Excel & Internet). Children dances a few dances for him…

Day 17 – Wednesday, 12/09LIBRARY

  • On our way to the library we visited Moree Methodist Primary School once again to take some pictures of Araba’s class: 101 children in one class!!!

  • Afterwards we went to the local books shop to buy more books, exercise books & pens.

  • Slack-line close to Health Center (s.5)

  • Working on the basic accountant document to follow the foundation’s expenses

Day 18 – Thursday, 13/09ELMINA FISH MARKET & COCONUT GROVE BEACH RESORT

Krystyna, Mary Amissah grandfather & me went to Elmina, a small fisherman’s town famous among local people for its fish market. The fishermen arrive in their boats there to sell the fish they caught in the night. They sell it to the fishmongers, women whose job is to sell fish to public. We bought some fish for dinner.

  • Then we had a small tour to visit the town with its castles.

  • Afterwards we went to the Coconut Grove Beach Resort to talk to the manager and try to persuade him to agree Freespirit Group’s kids perform in this place. Mission accomplished! We’re going there on Saturday.

  • In the afternoon kids had an rehearsal for Saturday’s performance;

  • Second evening without electricity: John helped us cook our fish on the African kitchen (outside, directly on the ground). It’s really difficult to manage regular electricity, Internet & water problems… I can’t get my mail for the 3rd consecutive day…