Story posted July 15, 2008
Three Bowdoin graduates — Steve Bartus '08, Anna Karass '08 and Aisha Woodward '08 — are in Ghana for three weeks pursuing an oral history film and photography project.
Bartus, Karass and Woodward are working with the Maine Ghana Youth Network (MGYN), a non-profit organization devoted to improving the lives of children in Kissehman, a neighborhood within Accra, Ghana's capital city.
The trio is creating a documentary and photo project that aims to tell the story of Kissehman's children.
Bartus, Karass and Woodward say the purpose of conducting interviews for an oral history project is two-fold: it provides educational footage and materials MGYN can use for fundraising and educational campaigns in the U.S., and it allows the children and their families to articulate their unique history in a cross-cultural exchange with students and communities in this country.
Bartus, Karass and Woodward are maintaining a blog to chronicle their progress. Visit the blog here.
The Maine Ghana Youth Network Oral History Project is the winning submission from Bowdoin for the 2008 Davis Projects for Peace program.
Now in its second year, Davis Projects for Peace funds grassroots projects with the objective of encouraging and supporting motivated youth to create and implement their own ideas for building peace.