My best memory of our trip to Ghana was when I got to paint the kindergarten for the local schoolchildren.
The school was in some disrepair, and it felt good to be able to cheer up the atmosphere where this next generation of Ghanaians would learn, to help enable them to reach a brighter future.
The children were all crowded around, excited to see us and grateful for the work that we were doing. One of our team members had a great idea to make the children a part of the effort, and give them a memory to last a lifetime.
One by one we had the kids line up, place their palms on a plate of paint, and then press their palm-print on the outside wall of the school. As soon as they realized what we were doing, they all crowded around, chattering excitedly among themselves, patiently awaiting their turn and laughing with delight as their friends left their permanent mark. It was heartwarming to see such a simple act bring so much joy to these kids.
The next day they returned and silently walked up to the wall, placing their hands over their now-dry palm-prints. It was as if they knew that this mark they left was something unique, and would forever remind them of that special day when their new friends came to town.
My name is Ashley Nolan, and I am Generation V.