A Trip to Cape Coast
Cape Coast used to be the capital town of Ghana, the then Gold Coast, where a lot of missionary activities took place. With the mention of Cape Coast in Ghana, those who have read about the history of Ghana, need not be told what happened there. About 80-90% of the slavery activities in Gold Coast in the late 15th century happened in Cape Coast, where the slaves were transported through the sea (Gulf of Guinea) to their respective countries, usually to the United States.
Moreover, about 65% - 70% of fishing is carried out in Cape Coast. Thus, Cape Coast provides about 70% of the fish we eat in Ghana.
Due to the historic nature of the town the students of Westminster, in addition to the three volunteers, visited the town of Cape Coast as part of their learning process. Below are some of the pictures they took:
As their philosophy goes, "...we will take time to be happy, spend every minute wisely, see every task through and expect nothing but the best..." The children are so happy here.
The enjoyment at the coast of the Gulf of Guinea with the volunteers.
|The take over. The students and their teachers have taken
over the job of the fishermen who were pulling their net from the sea.
See what they have pulled from the sea, thousands of fishes in the net.
Cape Coast Castle
Founded by the Portuguese in the 15th century, Cape Coast grew around Cape Coast Castle, now a World Heritage Site.
It was converted to a castle by the Dutch in 1637, then expanded by the Swedes in 1652 and captured by the British in 1664.
Cape Coast was also where most of the slaves were held before their journey on the Middle Passage.
|Guess what the fisherman is teaching Sinead.
I can see she is really enjoying it alone.
Afer being at the shore of the gulf of Guinea for some time, they went to the Cape Coast Castle. In the picture is the castle where the slaves were put to wait for their ships to be carried away to their respective countries. Some students taking down some notes in the castle.
The Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is in the southern part of Ghana, it is the best preserved region of virgin rainforest in the country and provides the easiest access to the rainforest for tourists along with the famous canopy walkway.