WBEZ | Ghana http://www.wbez.org/tags/ghana Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: 'Right to be Free' rescuing trafficked children in Ghana http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-right-be-free-rescuing-trafficked-children-ghana-109651 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA Right to be Free 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Lori Dillon created <a href="http://righttobefree.org/">Right To Be Free</a> to support her friend, Eric Peasah &ldquo;who has dedicated his life to the rescue and rehabilitation of trafficked children.&rdquo; Lori shares her journey with us for <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/133423038&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe>Lori talks about what motivated her toward this cause:</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&ldquo;I feel so honored to support <a href="http://www.rightobefree.org/">Eric Peasah</a>, who works tirelessly on behalf of these child laborers. I have witnessed how effective his program is and how he is truly transforming the lives of these children and their families. It is a passion of mine to advocate on behalf of these children who have lost their childhoods and dreams of ever being rescued. Feeling compassion is not enough, we must also act. The eradication of human trafficking is one of the paramount challenges of our time and I feel a deep responsibility to share what I know to help raise awareness. To let others know they can have a real impact on these children. They can be part of a growing effort to combat human trafficking and the real progress that is being made. It&#39;s also inspiring to work with students and see how they put their compassion into action once they learn about the plight of these children. It&#39;s exciting to see them connect and engage with the children they helped rescue. I know it&#39;s something they&#39;ll remember and be proud of for the rest of their lives.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-right-be-free-rescuing-trafficked-children-ghana-109651 Snowden in Russia, solidarity with Guantanamo and helping children in Ghana http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-18/snowden-russia-solidarity-guantanamo-and-helping-children-ghana-108100 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP398694333112.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We talk with a lawyer representing Guantanamo detainees about his decision to participate in the ongoing hunger strike for a week. Writer Julia Ioffe joins Worldview to talk about how the Russians have handled the Edward Snowden case. Two local teachers take their passion for education to Ghana.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101620302&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-snowden-in-russia-solidarity-with-guanta.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-snowden-in-russia-solidarity-with-guanta" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Snowden in Russia, solidarity with Guantanamo and helping children in Ghana " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-18/snowden-russia-solidarity-guantanamo-and-helping-children-ghana-108100 Global Activism: 'A Better Life for Kids' helping orphaned and needy children in Ghana http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-better-life-kids-helping-orphaned-and-needy-children-ghana <p><p>During summer and winter breaks as a second grade teacher at the John Middleton Elementary School in Skokie, Shelley Nizynski Reese, travels to Ghana. There, she uses her teaching and sign language skills to educate orphans. Beyond providing for the orphans&#39; basic necessities like food and medicine, Shelley, her group &quot;<a href="http://www.abetterlifeforkids.org/">A Better Life for Kids</a>&quot;, strives to ensure that the babies and children there are loved and given access to education. Shelley is just back from Ghana and for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, she&#39;ll share what she saw on the ground.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101621684" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Shelley received the &ldquo;Power of One Award&rdquo; from the Illinois Holocaust Museum in 2012. In her acceptance speech, Shelley summed up what drives her altruism:</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&quot;In 2006, I heard Princess Zulu, a Zambia born, HIV positive woman activist, speak at an event about how &ldquo;compassion alone&rdquo; is not enough &ndash; we must act. It was then that I decided&hellip;to volunteer my time in Africa. I researched and chose an orphanage with 205 kids &ndash; 25 of which were deaf. Having learned some sign language, I thought I would be able to help these kids...While I loved all of the children, I was especially drawn to Emmanuel, a little boy who lived at the orphanage who was sick with malaria and very sad&hellip;[H]is mom had abandoned him along the railroad tracks just days after he was born and he had spent his whole life never leaving the orphanage walls&hellip;On subsequent trips to Ghana, he was the first one I would ask about and the one I would want to see. We&rsquo;ve always had a special bond.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" height="140" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Shel%20feeding%20baby.JPG" style="float: right;" title="Shelley Nizynski Reese feeding Ghanaian baby (Courtesy of A Better Life for Kids)" width="212" /></div><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">I loved Emmanuel so much and I could see how much happiness our relationship brought him, but our time together was limited. I wanted him to experience this love and care every single day for the rest of his life&hellip;I believe that I have a responsibility to inspire others to recognize the powerful impact they can have in the world. When others see change as possible and tangible for them, I&rsquo;ve learned it motivates them to act.&quot;</p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-502558f2-f838-941f-6c14-58b46fc1e879">Also with Shelley is Skokie teacher, Jennifer Ciok from Oliver McCracken Middle School. Jen was so inspired by Shelley&#39;s work that she partnered her group, <a href="http://aidingchildrentogether.blogspot.com/">Aiding Children Together</a> (A.C.T.) with Shelley.</p><p>Jen shared how much this work means to her:</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&quot;In 2010, after learning about child labor and child soldiers, my students became very enraged by what they heard. They found it heartbreaking that so many children did not have the same opportunities that they did to be safe and learn. After meeting with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who had responded to their letters and has visited many times over the years, the students asked me if they could create an organization to guarantee the rights of children around the world. At that point, Aiding Children Together, or A.C.T., was born. That year we had a student created walk-a-thon that raised $1000.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">The following year our mission grew as we teamed up with Shelley and &quot;A Better Life for Kids&quot;. We organized community events at school like restaurant days...[W]e have added more events like a Leap for Ghana concert, a family spaghetti dinner, and taught more and more of the community about the rights of children...The students at McCracken continue to inspire me each year. They come up with amazing ideas to connect the community with the children in Ghana...Such amazing dedication by so many of these students to think beyond themselves and make the world a better place...&quot;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>On Friday, September 27th, A Better Life for Kids will hold its 2nd Annual Golf for Ghana&#39;s Orphans charity event at the Mt. Prospect Golf Club.</em></p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-better-life-kids-helping-orphaned-and-needy-children-ghana Global Activism: Breadfruit Trees are the 'Trees That Feed' http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-breadfruit-trees-are-trees-feed-108033 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/TREES THAT FEED PHOTO.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F100652495&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>As a child growing up in Jamaica, Mary McLaughlin was struck by all of the food the breadfruit trees around her produced. Decades later, she&#39;s on a mission to improve food security and help the environment by making the tree more available in Jamaica, Haiti, Costa Rica and Ghana. For this week&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a> segment, The Winnetka-based chairman and founder of the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/treesthatfeed">Trees that Feed Foundation</a> joins us to explain the various benefits of breadfruit trees.</p></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-breadfruit-trees-are-trees-feed-108033 Global Activism: Road tripping for solar energy across Ghana on the 'SolBus' http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-road-tripping-solar-energy-across-ghana-solbus-107815 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/ghana_1_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>David Levine wants to &ldquo;solarize Ghana.&rdquo; Later this summer volunteers with his organization, Volunteers for International Development and Aid <a href="http://www.thevida.org/">(VIDA)</a>, plan on road tripping across Ghana on a 40-foot revamped school bus that will serve as a &ldquo;mobile solar workshop.&rdquo; Their mission is to install solar power in schools and clinics that might not otherwise have access to electricity along the way. For <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, Levine joins us to explain what he and fellow volunteers hope to accomplish with the SolBus.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F97739705" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-road-tripping-solar-energy-across-ghana-solbus-107815 Global Activism: Bringing up communities to eliminate poverty in Ghana http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-12/global-activism-bringing-communities-eliminate-poverty-ghana-86460 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-12/VCA educational session at Yokperm 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Dr. Naana Agyemang-Mensah is the country director of <a href="http://www.thp.org/ghana" target="_blank">The Hunger Project-Ghana</a>.&nbsp; The organization works to end hunger and poverty around the world.&nbsp;</p><p>Naana has been running their Ghana program for the past decade. She says that despite the name, The Hunger Project tackles more than food security issues.</p></p> Thu, 12 May 2011 16:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-12/global-activism-bringing-communities-eliminate-poverty-ghana-86460 World Cup: No Africans in the Round of 16? http://www.wbez.org/EHague/2010/06/world-cup-no-africans-in-the-round-of-16/26872 <p>It'll be a huge disappointment for the tournament, but now that Cameroon has lost to Denmark, I'm going to stick my neck out and say that no African teams will be in the round of 16. Before the tournament began, I picked Cameroon to be Africa's best team because (a) They had the weakest opponents and, (b) Their star player, Eto'o was definitely going to play. With Cameroon out, what of the others?<!--break--> South Africa needs a miracle - they will have to beat France by a couple of goals and hope Uruguay beats Mexico. Nigeria is all but eliminated after 2 defeats. Algeria needs to beat the USA and hope that Slovenia tops England. Ghana will probably have to beat Germany, who will, at the same time, need to beat Ghana to progress. And unless Ivory Coast gets an unlikely result against Brazil, Group G will come down to who can score the most goals against DPR Korea, which as Brazil found out is easier said than done. So, that's my math, no African teams in the round of 16.</p> Sun, 20 Jun 2010 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/EHague/2010/06/world-cup-no-africans-in-the-round-of-16/26872