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|projecttype=PCPP
 
|region=Eastern
 
|country=Ghana
 
|firstname=I
 
|lastname=Shaughnessy
 
|state=California
 
|communityfunds=$3844
 
|communitypercentage=62
 
|requestedfunds=$2326
 
|neededfunds=$2101
 
|projectnumber=641-263
 
|projectyear=2009
 
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Bead-making is a Krobo cultural tradition that dates back more than one hundred years. Beads are made by men, women, boys and girls. The beads are usually showcased at traditional events such as chieftaincy ceremonies, infant-naming ceremonies, traditional weddings and puberty rites. Beads are also worn at funerals, and can be worn for personal beautification.
 
  
While the tradition is clearly important, the trade is now dominated by wealthy urban merchants, and rural traditionalists are being left behind. Presently, bead-makers in rural areas use mud stoves and work beneath thatched roof structures around their homes. The rainy season often destroys the raw materials and equipment used by these beaders, drastically reducing their productivity. The importance of the tradition and the desire for a better working environment has encouraged bead-making groups in a village in Ghana to seek support. With the construction of a permanent structure for work, bead makers will be able to work together in a centralized, collaborative environment throughout the year. These experience bead-makers will also conduct lessons for youth in the area, ensuring the continuation of the bead-making tradition in this village.
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== Allada ==
  
The structure will also contain a storage room that will allow artisans to display their works for visitors to see. Students will be able to display their work as well, and any sales will help them pay their school bills, which is a challenge for many area children.
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Chris Starace, 1995-1997, Allada, Benin.
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[[Image:Starace_Benin.JPG||400x400px]]
  
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.
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"The concentric circles represent the distance from my house that I could comfortably ride my bike to villages to teach cooperatives small business development. A Mtn. Bike was my only means of transportation and due to the heat, mud and rain, 6-10 miles was all I could do each way. The return trip was usually mid-day and was usually quite hot or very wet. This map was indispensable to me to help me find my way around. In the African bush there certainly are no street signs, and I was never good enough at the local language to ask for directions and understand anything more than a point of the finger." Right. "I lived across the path from [...] one extended family [...] Since there were 40 or so people who lived there, I found it hard to learn everyone's name, figure out how and to whom they were related, and in which house they lived. To help figure this out I drew a simple map of their housing compound and I labeled the parents of each house since one couple and their children lived in each house."
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[[Hand Drawn Community Map]]
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"This has been a popular project among Peace Corps Volunteers because it is fun, it teaches the kids geography and gives volunteers immediate gratification- something we rarely got from our efforts."
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Chris's Documentary DVD [http://www.geocities.com/fon_is_fun/DVD.htm http://www.geocities.com/fon_is_fun/DVD.htm]
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Chris's 2004 photos [http://www.friends-of-benin.org/Chris-s-photos-7.04.htm http://www.friends-of-benin.org/Chris-s-photos-7.04.htm]
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== Abomey ==
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Holly Dreier, 1996-1998, Abomey, Benin.
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[[Image:Dreier_Benin.JPG||200x200px]]
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[[World Map Project]]
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== External Links ==
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[http://www.friends-of-benin.org/ http://www.friends-of-benin.org/]

Revision as of 23:20, 20 September 2009

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Allada

Chris Starace, 1995-1997, Allada, Benin.

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"The concentric circles represent the distance from my house that I could comfortably ride my bike to villages to teach cooperatives small business development. A Mtn. Bike was my only means of transportation and due to the heat, mud and rain, 6-10 miles was all I could do each way. The return trip was usually mid-day and was usually quite hot or very wet. This map was indispensable to me to help me find my way around. In the African bush there certainly are no street signs, and I was never good enough at the local language to ask for directions and understand anything more than a point of the finger." Right. "I lived across the path from [...] one extended family [...] Since there were 40 or so people who lived there, I found it hard to learn everyone's name, figure out how and to whom they were related, and in which house they lived. To help figure this out I drew a simple map of their housing compound and I labeled the parents of each house since one couple and their children lived in each house." Hand Drawn Community Map

"This has been a popular project among Peace Corps Volunteers because it is fun, it teaches the kids geography and gives volunteers immediate gratification- something we rarely got from our efforts."

Chris's Documentary DVD http://www.geocities.com/fon_is_fun/DVD.htm

Chris's 2004 photos http://www.friends-of-benin.org/Chris-s-photos-7.04.htm

Abomey

Holly Dreier, 1996-1998, Abomey, Benin.

200x200px

World Map Project

External Links

http://www.friends-of-benin.org/