One of the biggest lessons I learned over the past 6 months is that assigning arbitrary timelines to unpredictable experiences is unnecessary. It is human nature, I understand that. But when we left the States in September, we were under the impression that we would be in Ghana for several years. Half a year later, I find myself writing this blog post in snowy Wisconsin. And I’m overjoyed.
Less than a month ago, Beau and I realized that we were at a point in our Pilot Program where we could transition to a grassroots SEEDS Together staff leading all Ghanaian operations. We originally thought it would take much longer to arrive at this point in our program, but here we are, so what is stopping us from moving forward? What initiated this decision was our realization that the ideal place to properly analyze our past 6 months of work was not in Ghana, or in Africa at all. Nothing can substitute our time in Ghana; putting our program to the test and figuring out what works and what absolutely didn’t was an invaluable experience. For that I will always be grateful. However, in order for SEEDS Together to thrive in the future, we need to expand our network in the development community, tapping into the knowledge base of organizations and people who have made great strides towards achieving best practice in microfinance and development.
Beau and I will move to Washington DC to become a part of the development community that is so prominent in our country’s capitol. From DC we will be able to continue SEEDS Together: overseeing Ghanaian operations and laying the foundation for future expansion. We are extremely excited and eager to gain knowledge to complement our experience in Ghana to better the future of our organization.
SEEDS Together in Ghana is in the best possible hands. I trust Robert and am completely confident that he will apply his passion and perseverance to continue to expand and improve the work we are doing in Kpedze-Todze, Abutia-Agodeke, and beyond. SEEDS Together has the best chance to empower communities in Ghana under Robert’s care, and I cannot wait to see this relationship grow.
We cannot predict what the future holds, and I won’t even waste my time or yours with a guess, but we are moving forward with hope, resilience, and a commitment to make SEEDS Together better each and every day. Thank you a million times over for the support and love you have shown us over the past 6 months!