Shortly before leaving the UK for Ghana, Chris managed to land a job with a great local NGO called the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI). As part of his induction to the organisation, in mid-March he paid a visit to the team’s headquarters in a village called Humjibre, Western Ghana. He returned from his visit full of beautiful tales about fascinating characters and so, feeling mightily jealous, I decided that at the next available opportunity I’d make the journey out to Humjibre to witness this wonderful little village for myself. So, with a long weekend available over the Easter break, off I went!

rural africa ghei

The journey

When living in England, going to the countryside meant a ten minute drive from Bedford town to the village of Wood End where Chris’s mum lives. Occasionally, on a particularly bad journey, one of the traffic lights would be red meaning we’d have to wait for ten, or sometimes even twenty seconds, before proceeding. A trip to rural Ghana was a little less simple, especially as we travelled up on a public holiday, but after the four hour bus journey to Kumasi (which took seven hours), and then the two hour journey to Sefwi Bekwai (which took nearly four) we’d pretty much made it to Humjibre. I was a little hot, and a lot thirsty – is there anything worse than being exceptionally thirsty on a non-stop bus journey but desperately needing the toilet at the same time? – but otherwise ready and excited about my first taste of rural Africa.

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In Humjibre

The village of Humjibre is home to about 4,500 people so is pretty big as villages go. That said, being a long way from the powers-that-be in the capital city of Accra, it is relatively underserved in terms of access to physical infrastructure such as running water and a reliable electricity supply.

rural africa water collection

Water is precious, especially when you have to collect it from a well and carry it home beneath the merciless equatorial sun.

Humjibre was also previously underserved in terms of social infrastructure such as health care and education facilities, until GHEI came along that is!

rural africa ghei team

Senior high students who, thanks to GHEI’s scholarship program, are among the lucky few who have access to further education

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Inside the local library, built by GHEI

After being thoroughly impressed by the health and education provisions that are in place thanks to GHEI, it was time to check out the other key facilities which Humjibre has to offer – the sports bar and the beautifully named Lovers’ Inn,Β with the world’s warmest welcome provided by Madam Comfort, who is both landlady and unofficially everybody’s mother.

rural africa football

When the local guys turned up to watch the Bayern v Dortmund game, they probably didn’t expect to be joined by an actual Dortmunder. And what’s more, a female one too!

rural africa pub

Work commitments meant my stay in Humjibre was all too short meaning I had far less opportunity to meet and spend time with the local community than I’d have liked – not least as I’ve heard so many inspiring stories about a legendary community spirit. Which meant that sadly, after a night spent beneath a tin roof which made a wonderfully refreshing tropical downpour sound absolutely biblical, I was heading back home to Accra. But thanks to the warm welcome afforded to me by Chris’ wonderful colleagues, and little cuties like those in the photo below skipping around Humjibre as far as the eye can see, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I might be able to return soon.

rural africa cooking

rural africa children

So if you’re reading this, Madam Comfort, please keep a bottle of beer on ice for me because, as a famous Austrian once said, “I’ll be back!”…


About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

6 Thoughts on “My first taste of rural Africa

  1. Hi Tammy,

    Way cool.

    We are beyond blessed to be able to spread the word, to expand awareness. I love travel blogging for that reason alone. Since we get a taste of rural areas up close and personal it’s our job to tell our stories, living in such places. As for the football game I betcha they loved being there with a pro local πŸ˜‰ Really neat though, and it shows how popular and global soccer is. Here in Bali, it’s not a sports centric island at all and folks still wear Man U, Real Madrid and Barcelona stuff quite a bit.

    Tweeting from Bali.

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    • Tammyonthemove on April 17, 2015 at 3:01 am said:

      Thank you Ryan. I think football is so universal and can really connect people. We experienced that also in Brazil during the World Cup. It is a great way to meet people.

  2. That LOVERS INN bar looks like a trip in itself! Safe travels you two.
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  3. What a travel day! Glad you made it there safe.
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