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Yevu (White Woman): My Five Weeks With The Ewe Tribe of Ghana, West Africa [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Taubert
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Book Description

YEVU is the true story of a 63-year-old American widow’s solitary journey to Africa on a volunteer, humanitarian mission. Having spent the years immediately prior to her journey rebuilding her life after a series of personal losses, Taubert’s journey of healing led her to seek an opportunity to do something she’d never done before, on a continent she’d never visited, with a people and culture she’d never previously known.

Living with members of the Ewe Tribe in the village of Abutia-Kloe in the Volta Region of Ghana, Taubert found the deep bonds and lasting friendships that can be forged between peoples of widely disparate backgrounds and cultures. It’s as much a story of an incredible native people who opened their hearts to a senior citizen from the USA, as it is a testament to the fact that it’s never too late to give of oneself to others, and in the process, get far more in return.

For anyone of any age who ever thought they might want to take a “volunteer vacation” to a developing country, Yevu is a must-read book.

Expect tears. Expect smiles. In essence, expect to be overwhelmed with pleasant emotions as you take your first steps into another world altogether as Kathryn Taubert, your willing and enthusiastic tour guide, transports you to a magical place like no other.

While on your journey with the author, you will experience -- as she did -- what life is like for the people in Ghana, West Africa, along with their culture, environment and living conditions.

Fall in love with the unique, touching characters you will meet along the way and join Kathryn as she shows you what it is like to find yourself on essentially another planet ... one that you'll never be able to forget.

Jay Schlichter, Collier Citizen Editor, Naples Daily News, Naples, Florida

In YEVU, Kathryn Taubert chronicles her experiences and her reflections on her transformational journey to a remote village in Ghana, West Africa. Fulfilling a desire to make a contribution to those less fortunate, she took her considerable management and leadership skills and experience to cobble together with the natives a self-sustaining strategy to provide early education for the village's youth. She eloquently describes these loving, industrious people who are living in poverty. Though uneducated, they are bright, hard-working, and eager to improve their lot. Kathryn's experience reminds us how what's really important in life.
Her mission was a success in so many ways. You'll not only discover how Kathryn "made a difference" on her journey, you'll learn how Kathryn's life was transformed by these gentle people. YEVU was a great read. Like me, you'll probably wish you could have made the trip.
Bob Harden, Producer and Host of “The Bob Harden Show,” Naples, Florida, USA

A beautiful, very real, and inspiring book. YEVU will open your mind and heart, and help you look at life from a new perspective.

A must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of volunteering abroad. This book will help you prepare both practically and emotionally for the adventure that lies ahead of you. Thank you, YEVU, for a wonderful tribute to the work of Global Volunteer Network's volunteers and projects around the world.

Colin Salisbury, Founder and President, Global Volunteer Network, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Product Details

  • File Size: 5486 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (October 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ST7TMQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Though they had no toys, the children were happy. October 12, 2012
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First, I highly recommend this book, an easy read that will whisk you away to a primitive world that most of us in the USA or any modern country cannot imagine.

A puzzle you will understand this if you read the book: There were no whining crying children. Though they had no toys, the children were happy.

Step into this primitive world and try to understand what we have lost in our modern electronic gadget, computer game world.

Although Yevu is portrayed as a chronicle of Kathryn's adventure to help an African tribe become economically self-sufficient, Yevu is much more of a story about a group of people whose family and social values everyone would do well to emulate.

Yevu tells the tale of a people rich in family bonds, neighborly love, caring, and friendship, yet having only the bare essentials for sustaining life. They are for the most part subsistence farmers.

I felt the emotions of these people through the narrative. I could see and feel their desire, efforts, accomplishments and frustrations to elevate themselves economically and yet keep their family, social, and good moral values.

Kathryn's chronicle of her adventure to the Ewe tribe in Africa has shown me the full meaning of the statement, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yevu is my friend October 20, 2012
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To know Kat personally made reading the book all the more enjoyable. I've seen her be animated in discussion while enjoying morning coffee in a tiki on a Caribbean island... or traveling on a dive boat out to a reef for a gloriously beautiful scuba experience. Kat is especially eloquent on intellectual levels, with humor, compassion and ultimate sincerity and humility. Yevu is a consumate diatribe of the right of every one of us to learn, grow, help change and truly show care, love and compassion for our fellow human beings, nature, animals, history and philosophy as well. Thank you my dear friend, for being YOU.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Female Travelers! December 2, 2013
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Incredible story that provides great insight into not just another culture, but are own as well! Detailed, poetic, intimate look at how one woman, in her 60's no less, experienced a trip that will amaze and inspire you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Te1vu- what a book March 4, 2013
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I loved it!! My husband and I both read it at the same time. I think
i identified with it so much because all my life I was entertained with
stories about Africa and the Africans by my Aunt and Uncle (40 year missionaries)
I think I'll read it again in case I missed something
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