This week Tom and I focused on getting some applications ready for the engineering design course that starts here at Ashesi next week. We are super excited for this course since we will be helping out as teaching assistants and it will help us get on a more strict schedule. We were tasked to come up with 10 applications for solar specifically in Africa and where it is needed. As obrunis, we really had to be open-minded and talk to people in order to come up with some effective applications. We came up with a bunch of ideas and built on two in particular which is a bike powered irrigation pump and a solar powered system on a bicycle (as seen in the Solidworks design above). Needless to say, after a week of work we were ready for some adventure again. Nicholas Tali, who we have been working on projects for/with, was willing to take us on an adventure Saturday which would check two destinations off the Ghana bucket-list.
The adventure began at 6AM Saturday. Nicholas was driving with a couple of Ashesi students to drop them off, and we even convinced one of them, Audrey, (probably with our amazing dance moves in the car) to join our adventure. Together we jammed in the car to some of DJ Raz’s tunes. And we even learned a French song from Audrey that we tried to translate into English, but it lost its beauty quite a bit. (“MY BROTHER, MY SISTER, WE ARE ALL TOGETHER… AS ONE”)
Our first destination was Kakum National Park. In store for us, was a canopy walk that involved us walking across a thin piece of wood with net guards on the sides of us. We eagerly ventured across the canopy walk and reflected on how this is most definitely an adventure you wait until after it is done until we tell our mothers (sorry Mom).
We survived our adventure and were on our way to our next stop, Cape Coast Castle. Cape Coast Castle was one of three castles in Ghana where the slave trade took place. Built in the 1500s by the Swedes as a trading post, it was conquered by the English and was turned into a castle by 1700. The castle was growingly used in the slave trade and held up to a thousand men and five-hundred women at any given time. The slaves could be in the castle from anywhere from two weeks to three months, eating two meals a day scooped right into their hands, and in unimaginable conditions that were just barely enough to survive. For Tom and I this was an experience that we would never forget, will always make us grateful for the lives we have and will keep us focused on living our lives in the service of others.