Final Group Update from Ghana
This Final Update from the Ghana group is a series of photos and captions provided by Christina Welsh describing the final month of the program when the group was living and working at the Sankofa Eco-Arts Village outside of Cape Coast.
At Sankofa Eco-Arts Village we participated in multiple workshops to learn about building with mud, which is cost-effective and utilizes local materials. There are different methods for building with mud, here, we are experimenting with the ratios of sand, clay, and water to form bricks that will dry in the sun.
And here is the background of the center (http://sankofastories.org/about/)
Sankofa EcoArts Center is 20 minutes from Cape Coast, a city of more than 200,000 that contains Cape Coast Castle, now a World Heritage Site. The castle was used as dungeons, where many of the slaves were held before their journey on the Middle Passage.
We conducted research and went on excursions, including visiting this Ostrich farm, to learn about animals that could be beneficial to the center.
The research was focused on permaculture, all about sustainability, analyzing inputs and outputs, and closed systems.
We planted trees for households in the community as part of our efforts for International Permaculture Day. The trees would provide much needed shade and hopefully prevent erosion.
Part of our efforts to contribute to International Permaculture Day included planting moringa seedlings in a community garden in the nearby village.
Sankofa Eco-Arts Center aims to grow as much food and ingredients on site as it can. We planted an extensive number of pineapples, and are also growing bananas, hot peppers, papaya, mango.
We were lucky to stay in these beautiful chalets, proving that building with mud is hardly primitive.
Each of our mud huts had a solar panel that supplied all of our electrical needs.