Charles grew up in small village along the river Oti in Ghana, one of 26 siblings. Ben spent his childhood in the suburbs of Washington, DC in a family of four. Charles's parents sent him, at the age of five, to the port city of Tema to escape ethnic conflict. When Ben was five he attended Quaker school and later Dartmouth, where he seized the opportunity to volunteer at a school in Ghana. It was at this school that Charles and Ben met. Charles had only started school at age eleven but went on to become the first in his family to go to high school. He graduated with multiple honors, a school prefect, founder of the Red Cross Club, and leader of his own project that established a library serving the villages near where he was born. Ben went on to run a teacher training program for low-cost schools in Ghana and is earning his MBA/MPA at MIT and Harvard. Charles and Ben consider themselves family and hope you too will be part of their family for at least a week when you visit West Africa.