On this trip, one main focus of three of our student travelers is to make a documentary film not only chronicling the students experience and reaction to the culture of Ghana, but also to bring to light a serious social issue in Ghana, the culture of Kayayo children.
The people working on the film project include aspiring filmmakers and current high school film students Nielsen Moffatt, Simone Villamichel and Maya Barba along with their teacher chaperone, Angela Hall. The goal of making a documentary is to give the students the opportunity to utilize their filmmaking skills to create something meaningful and has the potential to give something to the people of Ghana through increased awareness of some key issues.
The Kayayo are a group of young men and women (12-25) who are either sent out of their homes or set off voluntarily to find work on the streets of major Ghanaian cities. They typically come from the north part of Ghana, (where will be staying), and go to work in the south. The work usually includes the carrying of heavy loads for shoppers in the many markets of Ghana. Most often, these children & young adults are not given any direction as to work options nor is there any supervision provided for them while they are living and working. The work is tedious, the pay is low ($1.25 per day oftentimes), and the Kayayo insulted and disrespected daily. This has become a major issue in the country as these young people rarely have the chance to further their education and oftentimes resort to living unhealthy, unsafe lifestyles. The expectation to leave home and work has become a norm in the Ghanaian culture.
Our students would like to tell this story from the eyes of the people in Tongo as well as through the eyes of some of the Kayayo working in the streets. Your support in helping to fund this opportunity will not only provide a once in a lifetime educational experience for our students, but will also indirectly support the efforts to help spread awareness about this issue once the documentary is complete.