One of the PoP schools currently under construction is in the community of Vodzakpo \voh-JAH-poh\.
Typically I am quite good with kids and language is rarely an issue, but skin color…that’s a new one.
I am certainly not the first yevu \yay-VOO\ to visit Vodzakpo, but I felt an unfamiliar barrier today when trying to play with the kindergarten students. They were friendly, but cautious. I didn’t have the words in the right language to soothe their fears.
Upon returning to the office, I immediately created an Ewe-English cheat sheet. Next week, I will be able to say more than “how are you” and “thank you.”
So help me.