Beaders' Community Workshop

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Beaders' Community Workshop
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Region: Eastern
Country: Ghana
Volunteer(s) Name: I Shaughnessy
Volunteer(s) Homestate: California
Funds community contributed: $3844
Percentage community contributed: 62
Funds needed were: $2101
Funds requested were: $2326
PPCP #: 641-263
Year of project approval: 2009
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Projects started in Ghana 2009 (19).
Beaders' Community Workshop, Business Camp, Computer and Library Access, Computers for Junior High School, Cultural Club, Expansion of Rainwater Harvesting System, Health Club, High School Kitchen, Kindergarten/Nursery School, Know the Facts: HIV/AIDS Film Shows, Kumasi Ventilated-Improved Pit Latrines for Community Schools, Lebali Group Work Structure and Business Training, Men as Partners (MAP), Polytank for a High School, Sex Workers HIV/AIDS Awareness … further results
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Other Projects in Ghana (41).
Beaders' Community Workshop, Business Camp, Camp BALL, Capacity-Building Workshop on the Health Benefits of Moringa, Cape Coast Field Trip, Community Rabbit-Rearing Project, Computer and Library Access, Computers for Junior High School, Cultural Club, Daughter to Work Day, Environment Club, Expansion of Rainwater Harvesting System, Fufulso Schools Rainwater Collection System, Ghana Longboat HIV Educational Expedition (GLEE), HIV/AIDS Educational Murals … further results
State Flag of California.svgOther Projects by Volunteers from California (57).
Thaine H. Allison, Jr., An Improved School for the Entire Community, Bob Arias, Audio-Visual and Duplicating Resources for Bobur School, Erica Barajas, Mark Barajas, Thomas Barakatt, Basketball Court, Beaders' Community Workshop, Jeff Blyth, Build Your Dreams: Youth Entrepreneur Project, Build a Library, Build a Future, Joe Busch, Camp GLOW, Candlelight Memorial … further results
Other PCPP Projects by Volunteers (439).
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Info about the Beaders' Community Workshop

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.

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.

Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.

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