Sunday, June 16, 2013

vendor opportunity

We have space for 10 vendors at our fundraiser on October 25 at the Cambridge (Massachusetts) YMCA. Each space costs $50.00.
Last years fundraiser was very successful and we are going for bigger and better this year.

If you're interested in renting a space please send one or two photos of work you sell to

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Why go to Ghana with Cross Cultural Collaborative?

We'll take you to the bead market and then to a workshop to see how the beads are made. Want to make your own beads? Why not....
Besides being beautiful beads have significance. In Ghana recycled glass beads are most associated with the Krobo. From birth to death beads are important in their journey through life. When a Krobo child is born a bead is tied around their wrist. When the child's father cuts the bead he is claiming paternity and then the child is given a name.
A much publicized Krobo ceremony is the Dipo. A ceremony taking girls from childhood to adulthood. After the Dipo they can get married. During Dipo the girls are covered with beads, either from the family collection or rented for the occassion.
Yellow, red and brown beads are considered a sign of maturity.

Even people who claim that they are not shoppers buy a lot of beads when they get to the market. If you don't, you will be the first.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

awesome kids

The Aba House kids make paper from sugar cane leaves and then bind journals using the handmade paper. We wanted to make the books "Ghanaian", so we decided to stamp the covers with adinkra symbols. The resulting books are unique and beautiful. We started this project because kids would come and beg for things. We don't give, but they now know that if you work by making paper and books it's a win-win situation. We sell the books and all of the proceeds are used to buy school supplies for the kids.
If you'd like to volunteer to work with us in Ghana and make a difference in the life of an awesome kid,
let us know. We work with whatever skills volunteers have to offer.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Charlie and his students at Aba House

Charlie Michaels and some of his students from the University of Michigan came to Aba House for 3 weeks as part of a service learning program.
This market scene and other photos in the story are by Charlie. If you'd like to read about their trip and see some nice visuals :
Are you a professor- a student? We can arrange a program for you too.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

summer in Ghana

We'll be there from July 6 - August 29. We always have several projects and this summer I plan to concentrate on "Books by Girls", a creative writing program with the Aba House girls. Our goal is to encourage creative thinking and by self publishing the stories our girls will also learn computer skills.
Our plans include donating the books to schools in Ghana so that students can read culturally relevant

                      Here is an excerpt from my book "HARDSHIPS and GOODSHIPS in GHANA"
       There is a rythm to life in Ghana, both literally and metaphorically, and once you get into step, you
        fit right in. It's difficult to explain, but it's something you can feel. The people, the traffic, even the
        fishermen who are sometimes accompanied by drums as they pull in their nets. Weavers hum as  
        they work to keep the rythm ....... it's a slow dance. "No hurry in life". No straight lines. To follow
        the beat it's best to circle around, do a few back steps and slide right in. Then visitors start to

 Like to dance? Think about joining us in Ghana.