|Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad aka MIRA (2008)
I visited Ghana in April 2008 with Marla and Bright Star Vision primarily to work with the YCC Ghana youth and to do spoken word in the motherland. Imagine my surprise when one of the children from YCC recited one of my poems! I must say, the experience was life defining and motivational. I am so proud to have been a part of the BSV team. I always find it amazing when you think you are going to help someone and through the experience you realize that you are the one who was made better. I highly
recommend this journey to anyone looking to make a difference.
|Kerry Duffy (2009)
I traveled to Ghana for 3 weeks in May of 2009 with Marla and the
BSV team. As a high school student I had participated in the ACE
mentor program and had a chance to be a part of the team that
designed the Bright Star Kindergarten for the village of Dalive.
Travelling to Ghana and seeing the construction of the schoolhouse
was extremely gratifying. In addition to working with the school I
was able to interact and volunteer with the Youth Creating Change
team, who are extremely accommodating and will make sure that you
have the opportunity to see and do everything you could possibly
wish during your stay. Words cannot describe how amazing of an
experience this was. I learned just as much from the Ghanaians as
they learned from me, and I would go back in a heartbeat.
|Erik Beach and Rachel Taylor (2006)
Community Building in Ghana
Rachel and I spent about two weeks in Ghana in November 2006 (a time
maybe even before Bright Star Vision had its name?) during our
year-long trip around the world. We were fortunate enough to spend
several days with John in Sogakope, where we visited the YCC reading
classes and accompanied a surveyor to Dalive village to mark off the
space for the kindergarten. While we visited many amazing countries
on our trip, our time in Ghana was very special. Because of our
connection to Marla (and through her, to John), we were able to
contribute our small efforts to the amazing work that YCC does, and
the sense of hope that it brings. I can't think of anywhere else on
our trip where we experienced such a welcome from and connection to
people doing great work for their community as we did in Ghana.
|Marcia Waszkiewicz, retired nurse (April
Traveling to Ghana was one the best things I have ever done for
myself. All of the people I met were loving and friendly; but I was
most impressed by their happiness and their beautiful smiling faces.
I come from America where we have everything and I saw little
children with no toys-----maybe a rock - or dirt - or a stick -- yet
they were all so happy. Another thing that really impressed me was
the fact that education was the most important to them. I encourage
anyone who has the opportunity to go to Ghana with BSV---DO IT
!!!!!! It is the trip of a lifetime -- you travel -- not as a
tourist, but your time is spent with the real people who make Ghana
the wonderful country that it is.
Jennifer Tribanas, Bright Star Vision volunteer (April
In April of 2008 I took the most wonderful
My first experience was meeting the children off the YCC program in
Sogakope. They are so very special and eager to learn. It was
so rewarding to actually see were donations go. I saw the joy in the
kidís eyes when they were given a few new books that we had on
hand to add to their library. For me, I was honored to have lent a
helping hand in organizing their library.
When we ventured to the small town of
, I was unable to vocally communicate with the
children. There was a language barrier however; within ten minutes
of them becoming comfortable with me we created a new language.
They have a special snapping greeting and they allowed me into their
world and we snapped for two days. Although some may not see
how special that is, it meant more to me than anyone could imagine.
is such a magical place. You are eager to help
and teach everyone there that will listen, but at the end of the
trip you realize you learned more from them. If you have an
opportunity to go to
and meet the YCC team along with the wonderful
families in Dalive you will not be disappointed.
Marla has created a wonderful program that allows you to go to
and fulfill whatever mission each person has.
The group I went with was the first of its size in volume. We
had all different missions and Marla made sure every one of us were
able to complete what we set out to do. She is wonderful and
has created a great program that gives you the volunteer aspect
along with the cultural and site seeing portion (depending on how
long your trip is). She has made a huge change for the Dalive town
and also for the YCC program. Some of you may not be able to
however, if you like what you are hearing and have
seen throughout the website please donate whatever you can.
100% of the donations go directly to the programs.