My trip to Ghana begins with my interest in cooperation architecture. I have always been interested in knowing how other cultures develop their lives with the resources and conditions they have. I suppose that this interest helped me not only to approach the world of architecture but to the culture in general.
From the first moment both Antonella and I developed a kind of magnet towards the children of Abetenim. With every step we took in that small town of barely 500 inhabitants, we could hear giggles and some other Lufía, Antolerena! with which they intended to call our attention with the only intention of giving them a smile.
It is curious to see, how with so little a child can be happy. Especially having the opportunity to compare with the society in which we live today.
This, made us approach the children day by day; to discover their customs, their habits and see the reality that many in this part of the world want to deny.
As the days went by, our interest in knowing more about how the development of society works increased. This led us to get closer and closer to the families, to the work they carry out, to the tasks that each child must perform as part of the routine … to know them more and more.
All this helped us to understand the lack of resources that are available to 90% of families: they can not afford many basic things like: buy shoes for their children, books to use at school, a uniform, food to take to school or many families even need their children to work to help get the family out; and therefore can not go to school.
All these problems arise from a base: education. The educational process in the African continent is embedded in specific cultural realities that serve specific interests.
During those months we got to know a lot of the children who live in Abetenim and see the reality they live every day. This led us to get involved and create a connection with them that has led us to be part of their lives.
By creating Madanfo Project not only we intend to guarantee access to education for children, but little by little and with the effort of all, rethink education and development in gender key so that all people, of any sex and age can access to an education. Our intention is that with the help of a few we can help many.
I finish with a phrase that motivates Madanfo in our everyday life and helps us to get ahead:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela