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A gift of the unexpected

Regardless of how much I love and appreciate my life and those around me, I enjoyed a break in routine when I was in Ghana. Each day brought with it something unknown or unpredictable - be it because of a new experience, encounter, conversation, or something else. The only constant in those days became a whole lot of love. Some days my heart overflowed.
Let me explain.

Ebola - How you can help today

Ebola is one of the world’s deadliest diseases on record and the outbreak is not the challenge of several countries or even that of one continent alone. It is an unparalleled epidemic ravaging West Africa necessitating global aid.  Half of the nearly 5,000 cases have occurred in the last three weeks, and officials said Tuesday that it's possible that as many as 20,000 could become infected before the outbreak is over.

So many people to hug

Since I was a kid I've always loved learning. Call me a geek if you want, you won't lesson my enthusiasm. Many of my trips have been fuelled by a desire to learn about new cultures, customs, ways of life, philosophies...and about myself too. My recent trip to Ghana was motivated by all of this as well as a desire to make a difference.
I remember watching weekend cartoons as a kid, which often coincided with fundraising telethons for underprivileged children. At the time I didn't realize the impact the images of these orphaned children would have on me. That would become clear later.

A dream fulfilled

My last post warned of an impending adventure. Now that it has come and gone, I'm excited to share the details of that great adventure with you. Since I was a young girl, I’ve wanted to volunteer in an orphanage in Africa. I did not know when, how or exactly where I would do that, but it never left my mind as a priority and I was finally able to make this a reality.