A necessity to life that we often take for granted in America is something that is difficult to find in Ghana: clean drinking water. Most, if not all, Ghanaians drink water sachets- an inexpensive and easily accessible solution to the water sanitation issue that faces most African nations.
Water sachets can be bought on the street for 10 pesewas (roughly 5 cents), while a “sleeve” of 30 sachets costs 1 cedi ($0.50). Unfortunately, anywhere you are in Ghana you inevitably find empty water sachets littering the ground. How do you teach those around you to stop tossing their discarded sachets on the ground? Make something useful out of the rubbish!
After a month of collecting empty water sachets from my neighbors on campus, I had enough sachets to construct a hammock. My neighbors were quite curious as to what the white woman would be doing with all of the empty sachets. When I finally hung the hammock up and had everyone take a turn laying in it, they were amazed with the final product. Many people in my school community have begun saving their water sachets to make their own hammocks!
Yea, thank you for systematically violating the privacy of random people’s babies in Ghana by posting their pictures on the internet without any adult consent.
Thank you for contributing to your own sense or narcissistic moral uplifting by drawing on the already established institution of Empathy For Africans as illustrated by this, this and by extension, this and this.
Thank you for using the tradition of pitying and patronizing nameless Africans and African children as inspiration porn.
Thank you for reinforcing the narrative of the poor sweet-faced African child as the backdrop for your sense of heroism and inspiration.
And you say this is “journalism”?. Please present your niece or your otherwise infant family member so that I can take a photo as my part of my project: “Cavorting through North America”.
This project has been a labour of love. The inspiration for it came from very many things; the fact that in the beginning of this New Year it was dark as I got to work and still dark when I left; a continual thirst to try new things on my camera and seeing other amazing time-lapse videos; the fact that since I got my camera I had completely neglected my passion for music; and a nerve issue in my arms that doesn’t let me do a lot of things, except - surprisingly - photography.
I took all the photos for this project between January and early March. This video comprises probably somewhere on the order of 5000 pictures. I programmed my TI-83 calculator with a code I found online (powerful machines!!) that made my camera take a picture every 2 or so seconds, and then stitched them into the movie.
I’m really grateful for the opportunity to have done this, grateful to God for His protection while I did it (almost got into trouble with authorities TWICE!), and to those friends who bore with my anti-socialness while working on this.
Soli Deo gloria
Really cool time-lapse video with original music. Check it out.