A Special Meal in Ghana

by Elinor Coleman

Last summer, the summer of 2007, I spent five weeks in Ghana, Africa volunteering for a NGO by the name of Unite For Sight. Unite For Sight is a non-profit organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness. You can visit www.uniteforsight.org to find out more about this organization.

While there I made a friend, one of the nurses that I worked with, named Robert. Robert was actually from Liberia, but because of the civil unrest there he was forced to leave. One evening, Robert surprised a group of us with a traditional Liberian meal, which his friend from childhood prepared. They had beer, soda, a fully prepared meal, and fruit for dessert all neatly placed on a small table. It was a bitter sweet moment for all of us. We were so grateful and overwhelmed by Robert's generosity, and at the same time we felt awful because we were well aware of how much the meal must have cost him and how little he made as a nurse. We offered him money afterwards, but he refused to take it. I later realized that that was the least of his concern, and that he just wanted to share part of his culture, his home, with us. The meal was wonderful, and I will never forget the kindness my friend showed me that day.A Special Meal in Ghana - Nutrition for the World

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