Felix Abels visits the Yonso Project

And there are some more news from Africa to report! Because on 7th of February, Felix Abels also moved to Ghana. For some time, he had been enthusiastic about travelling the continent of Africa and informed himself about social projects over there.

So let us Felix introduce himself:

‘My name is Felix Abels, I’m 19 years old and live in Cologne. Because of my work at Heroes, I have been confronted with various conceptions of the world during numerous workshops. Therefore I’m interested in facing up to strange worlds and cultures. In October I was in Brazil for 10 days, as an active member of the intercultural exchange between the cities of Cologne and Rio de Janeiro. But that’s another story :-). I’m very interested in getting insights into advanced development projects and volunteering. Because I want to learn how to deal with unpaid work, but also gain lifelong experience.’

Seems like everybody is having fun at work. :-)

By a fortunate coincidence, it came to a meeting and conversation between Felix and us at the Intermot in Cologne. Because of his interest in foreign worlds, cultures and development projects, our project in Ghana immediately appealed to him. After a brief discussion in our company, Felix got his promise to visit the project and he was ready to go. His contact person is Kwabena Danso, the founder and head of the Yonso Project, where he will also be living during his time in Ghana.

Kwaben Danso with one of his bamboo bikes.

At the beginning of February the time has come: and after two intermediate stops in Munich and Accra he reached Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana, after three days of travel marathon.

He quickly overcame the initial cultural shock, and from day to day the normality settled down. He helps with the production of the frames and the construction of the school, which makes him physically stressed, but still makes him more than happy. In a mail he wrote us: 

‘The extraordinary cooperation and willingness to help one another is really amazing. Of course, there is also a lot of fun, but the working hours pass at least twice as fast with some nice handymusic. After a short time I already get my nickname and feel as a part of the entire team. Within my first month in Ghana, the large extension of the factory is being built under unstoppable ‘man-power’.

From masonry, to the roof rack, over the lattice cladding with flying nets, to the finished floor and the complete aluminium roofing, every step of the work is made manually. I’m really impressed and try to adapt many of these working techniques. Most of the time, I manage this and can do some tasks on my own. With many impressions, moving moments and unbridled progress in big steps, my first month in the new world is almost over. The remains of the bamboo are piled up, the work materials wear out and the sun is moving further across the sky.

The entire production is progressing, even if the electricity breaks down for two hours almost every day, but in this case there are generators. These are used quite often and therefore the work always goes on fast. Quite important during the working hours is the intake of sufficient water. Here in Ghana I drink water from plastic bags, wash my hands with water from a rain barrel and stand with sandals at my working place. My transport to work is a truly amazing feeling. Because I sit on the loading area of our pick-up, the Booomers bus, with the other works and enjoy the view over the landscapes. If this would be possible in Germany, I don’t think so. And therefore I have to remind myself from time to time: I’m in Africa. :-)

 All the best from Ghana, sunny greetings and don’t be licked by the cold Germany. See you soon! Felix’

We hope that you enjoy the rest of your time over there and that you can gain more unforgettable experiences that you will never forget, dear Felix!

If you’re interested in pursuing Felix’ journey, keep visiting our Blog and Facebook page. We will keep you up to date. :-)

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