So because Muftaw's show was taken off the air for a bit, Leah and I worked this past Tuesday to Friday and as such, ended up with a four-day weekend. We decided to take full advantage by heading up north a few hours to Nkoranza, a small town that was of interest to us for two reasons.
The first was Operation Hand in Hand, a children's home for mentally handicapped kids who are abandoned by their parents. The home also doubles as a guesthouse, and sits on a gorgeous plot of land lush with grass and trees and chickens and donkeys. First thing Leah and I remarked: the calm. It was definitely nice to get away from city noise, if only for a night. We had an early night as the sun went down in the span of thirty minutes, but it paved the way for an early morning that was spent touring Operation Hand in Hand's grounds, seeing the children in the bead workshop, and getting some great interviews for a jhr piece.
The second reason for visiting Nkoranza was its proximity to the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary. Now, let me make it clear that I love animals. So much so that I even took a first-year bio course in third-year as my one elective (not the only reason... it also boosted my GPA at the cost of watching two review lecture videos. Total bird course, no pun intended.) There is little wildlife in and around the city centres, which is where we've spent most of our time while in Ghana. However, out in the rural areas there is still an abundance of living and breathing critters, and the monkeys of Fiema, considered sacred to the locals, were no exception. They were funny and not at all scared of us, which made for some sweet shots.
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