Saturday, October 2, 2010

Ebekawopa (26)

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Ebekawopa is about 45 minutes north of Cape Coast, Ghana, two miles off the road to Kakum. Like so many villages, it enjoys the quietness and solitude, but the difficult road hinders easy access. Many children have moved to the city because they find village life boring. This presents real challenges to the economic prosperity of the village.

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Young girls dance at the donations ceremony, Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007.

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Mature women enjoy the music at the donations ceremony. Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007.

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Reverend Sampson, who has been such a positive force in this village. Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson

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Girls dressed in dancing regalia. Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson

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Making music with bamboo percussion. Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson

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Making music with calabasas and cowrie shells (now plastic beads). Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson.

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Kate Montgomery practices her skills as an African mother. Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson.

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Cocoa farmer and his wife in Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson.

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Pastor Samson presents Tom with rooster. Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson

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Unknown persons. Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson.

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Villagers staying out of a brief summer squall. Note the wheelchair in the foreground. Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson.

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Anna Nakayama holds a cocoa pod from Reverend Samson's orchard (he is standing in back). Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2009.

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Reverend Samson demonstrates how to use a machete attached to a long pole in order to harvest a cocoa pod. Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2009.

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This lady decided to imitate Michael Jackson. Even I figured that out! Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2009.

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Lesson in local language in the Lutheran church. Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2009.

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Classroom furniture.

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Flu poster and blackboard in Lutheran church.

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Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2010
Cooking banku.

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Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2010.
School wall, made of a cocoa trunk, is sprouting cocoa leaves!

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Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2010.
School, made of sticks and mud.

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Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2010.
School, inside under construction.

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Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2010.
Two teenagers.

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Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2010
Boys and girls are expected to do household chores. This lad is doing the wash. They use a minimum of water along with some soap and they soak the clothes and ring them out several times.

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Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2011
Pastor's son sitting in the kitchen.

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Pastor Samson's Son Gives Him a Shave
Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2011

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Pastor Samson's Wife Gives Us Bananas for the Trip
Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2011.

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