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Posts tagged with ‘Ghana’

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It’s Not Can’t, It’s Kente!

by Anna Muir

Ghanaian entrepreneur Lariba Apuwendib spends her days weaving a beautiful material called kente. Thread by colourful thread, she is challenging a culture that says she can’t have a bright future. As a small child, Lariba did not have the opportunity to go to school. Instead, she stayed with her mother and father as they farmed […]

A Home Away from Home

by Anna Muir

Belief in witchcraft is fairly widespread in Ghana. A part of Ghanaian mythology, it is often used as an explanation for unusual or unfortunate happenings such as when a marriage breaks up or crops fail, or as an explanation for symptoms of mental or physical illness. Elderly women are blamed most frequently and can be […]

International Women’s Day 2019: Balance for Better

by Anna Muir

On Friday, March 8, communities around the world will observe International Women’s Day to celebrate the achievements of women in their struggle for equality, peace and development. The International Women’s Day 2019 theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. Balance builds a better world. Providing women with equal access to education, […]

Mission and Musings in Ghana

by Anna Muir

A reflection from Susan Viegas, PWS&D Committee Member and member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Toronto. In September 2018, I had the privilege of accompanying Kristen Winters, PWS&D’s Africa program coordinator, on a monitoring and evaluation trip to Ghana. As a newly appointed member of PWS&D’s committee, this was a fabulous and timely opportunity to […]

No One Left Behind in Ghana

by Anna Muir

In developing countries, the inequalities people face often keep them from living life in its fullest abundance. Vulnerable people living with disabilities are often left further behind. In some communities in Ghana, men, women and children with disabilities are further marginalized, unable to access education, health care and other opportunities to build bright futures. Konle […]

Press for Progress this International Women’s Day

by Anna Muir

On Thursday, March 8, communities around the world will observe International Women’s Day to celebrate the achievements of women in their struggle for equality, peace and development. This day also serves as a call to action to continually work for a future filled with hope and opportunity for women and girls. Gender equality is vital […]

Achievement Despite Adversity in Ghana

by Anna Muir

The day of Tilata’s birth was one of joyful celebration for her parents Zinabu and Laar. In a small village in northern Ghana, their baby girl was delivered safely, all smiles and in perfect health. A few years later, Tilata’s life changed drastically. Tilata was just two years old when she caught polio. The disease […]

#PledgeForParity – International Women’s Day 2016

by Anna Muir

March 8 is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the gains women are making in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It’s also a day to inspire us to continually work for a future filled with hope and opportunity for women and girls. Around the world many women and girls live in […]

Shaping Her Future: Lamisi’s Story

by Anna Muir

On her family’s plot of land in northern Ghana, Lamisi Janet spent her days tending to colourful rows of corn and yams. Lamisi’s parents were training her for a future in agriculture. While happy to support her family, Lamisi longed to explore her passions outside of farming. Years later, she and her husband set off […]

A Meaningful Life: Amali’s Story

by Anna Muir

In the village of Nate in Ghana, everyone knew Amali Atobiga. He was hardworking, energetic and always eager to lend a hand in his community. Five years ago, Amali noticed that his vision was beginning to fade. Soon, he was completely blind. Ashamed and afraid, Amali isolated himself from his community. When a program officer […]