BMC Construction

The Baptist Medical Centre where we live and work has been blessed with a very generous donation from the Helmsley Charitable Trust in the US. With the new funds, the hospital administration has been able to finish the new Outpatient & Administration building that was started five years ago. They have also begun a new project to build new hospital wards.

I recently flew my drone over the campus to get a birds-eye view of the progress of the construction.

Best Backyard Ever?

Above is a shot of our “backyard” – the open fields to the east of our house. Below is a drone shot looking south of our house. You can see the small school house just to the right of us and farther back in the distance is “Alafɛa Fɔŋŋu” where tuberculosis patients reside during their treatment.

Isn’t our region beautiful in the rainy season?!

Trey Turns 11

This fella turned eleven today! We’re holding off on a birthday party until his grandparents and some of this local friends who are gone on holiday get back. Nonetheless, he got to open some birthday presents and one was a drone. Below are some shots he took with it.

I yi wubsi bii ka u nyina buli, ŋɔn gba gɔsim i ka i nyina voaai.

If you care for a child while his teeth come out, he must also look after you when you teeth come out.

Mamprusi Proverb

The Bird Trap

The Yellow Fronted Canary (crithagra mozambica) is a popular bird to keep as a pet in northern Ghana. It has a pleasant, uplifting song and chatters all the time.

I recently ran across some boys while out exploring on my bike and they answered my question of “How do folks catch these birds?” These kids had engineered some brilliant traps to snag these canaries in the wild.

Each trap is hung from a tree with a canary already in it – its song will attract others to the trap. On the top right of the trap is a spinning wheel with a millet stalk as its axle. The canary will land on that wheel to peck at the millet in the center and it will spin and drop the bird down into the cage.

A second contraption is also added on the top left. This is a spring loaded trap door that snaps shut when a bird lands in it and pecks at the millet bait.

Kudos to these two young inventors for making such a clever contraption!

Scarp visit with Christine

With Christine in town we had to take her to our favorite lookout point at the escarpment. Dr. Grossman and Richard Jandow, their translator for the research project, accompanied us for the hike.

It had been stormy all morning but before sunset the clouds cleared and the cliffs looked more beautiful than I’ve ever seen them before! I got the drone out and grabbed some incredible footage which I hope to edit and share soon.

Here are some photos I took from the air and Heidi took from the ground.