Baobab Youth Performers embarked on an amazing journey in July 2011, to Ghana West Africa. Twenty four members of the ensemble travelled (with 11 adults) to the village of Dagbamete, where their host master drummer Kwasi Dunyo arranged an amazing immersion into the Ewe culture of that region. Our fundraising events have taken on all kinds of appearances . Check out the slide show put together by Carleton Journalism student Loren Romei about our Pumpkin Carving Fundraiser towards that trip.
Ghana and Canada PROJECTs
Baobab Tree founders Kathy Armstrong and Rory Magill have had a relationship with the village of Dagbamete in the Volta Region of Ghana since 1990. The relationship is one of mutual respect and exchange. While learning about Ghanaian drumming and culture, they have built trusted friendships and partnerships in the village. Their efforts, along with visits by friends and colleagues, have resulted in help with village projects such as electrical poles, water pipes, latrines, contributions to the elementary school building and school fees for older children.
Prior to the last two Baobab Youth visits to Ghana (2001 & 2006), Canadian students have raised money and collected clothing and sports equipment to deliver to Dagbamete and the surrounding area. This recent trip was no exception. Before leaving, we collected school supplies and funds for students in Dagbamete and Dzogadze in the Volta Region, as well as kids in the Nima area of Accra. It was there that we connected and performed with the Kathy Knowles Theatre Troupe (see the blog entry). We made donations to the performance group and other children who benefit from the amazing Osu Children’s Library Fund organization. Thanks to all who helped us achieve these goals!