Mar(k): Travel, Hiking, and "Doing Good"

musings on our life of travel and volunteering

About where we work… RUMNET

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RUMNET - our office with visitorsRUMNET equals the Rural Media Network, our “employer” for the next couple of years. We have our own little office that we share, and the other four people who work for Rumnet all seem genuinely lovely, and very good at their jobs as journalists, editors, and graphic designers.

RUMNET is a non –profit organisation, actively involved in advocating for the rights of the disadvantaged in the northern part of Ghana. We have a monthly newspaper that is published called “the Advocate” and studios to produce radio and video programmes. The main emphasis at the moment is on the newspaper. However, we have seen some very moving videos that have been produced over the last few years. One of the things that this has highlighted to us is the enormity of disadvantage in northern Ghana. 60-70% of the population here live below the poverty line (that being defined as less than $1.25 US per day).

Mark at workWe feel very fortunate; our very own “office” has two desks, some additional chairs for others to sit on (when we eventually get “human” visitors – goats and chickens abound!) and some additional work desks and chairs…. All very plush, really! We also have a functioning overhead fan and electricity, AND a communal fridge where everyone keeps their water cool, so feel quite privileged!

Mar outside the office - note friend under the seat...The communal toilet situation, however, is anything but a privilege. Mar, normally a 3-4 litre water a day girl, is on water rations to reduce the necessity of trips to the loo to a bare minimum. I am just not even going to BEGIN a description of the scariness. Use your imaginations, people….


Written by Mar(k)

October 12, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Posted in Work as Volunteers

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  1. Nice goats – pity you are vegetarian!

    Good to here from you both.

    Bob Cassie

    October 14, 2009 at 1:55 am

    • indeed, Bob. It limits the diet considerably – however, we are saving one for your next visit to Tamale! speaking of which – any plans to visit this part of the world anytime soon? our list of requirements lengthens day by day! ; )

      cheerio – Mar & Mark

      Mar Knox

      October 14, 2009 at 12:53 pm

  2. So, we’ve seen where you work – somewhat comfortable I imagine compared to other places in town…
    If you do eventually choose to eat the goats, remember that they are vegetarian too so you shouldn’t fel bad about it.
    How about you living quarters? Communal facilities there as well, or something a little less scary?
    Keep up ythe blog; it’s great to hear how you are getting along.

    Ross A

    October 15, 2009 at 2:58 am

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