Awareness and Action: 5 books about Africa and 1 on the way!

There is a part of this continent that is nearly impossible to put in writing. It has soul, it has sadness and it has life. My hope is that I am able to put into words how much Africa and specifically Ghana has meant to me and bring it to life for the world. While you passionately wait for the memoir I am working on to be published, check out this amazing list:

The Cultureist’s 5 favorite books about Africa.

Stay tuned for the next great book about Africa!

Innocence

As I drove to my hometown in CT, a billboard off of 95 north shined bright in the clear night sky but it’s message was full of sadness and grief sending love and prayers to the 20 little children and 7 adults that were killed in Newtown, CT. My heart aches for the lost and I wish strength for those who survived as their innocence has been taken from them so young.

“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!”

You should know about: Challenging Heights

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In the sea side town of Winneba, Ghana sits the Challenging Heights Hovde House. Challenging Height’s mission is to protect Ghana’s youth and ensure they have a strong future; one with an education, health and rights.

The Challenging Heights school welcomes about 700 children who are either survivors of child slavery or are at risk of becoming a victim. They support these children and also work to rescue rehabilitate and reintegrate those children who have been trafficked. Challenging Heights also works to create awareness in the community to prevent child slavery and the re-trafficking of children who have been rescued. Continue reading

Obama vs Modern-day Slavery

Last night Obama claimed victory over Romney to be re-elected as President of the United States of America. As he continues to lead our country for another four years I hope this means his fight against modern-day slavery has only begun.

On September 25th Obama spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative. He spoke about human-trafficking saying:

“It ought to concern every person, because it’s a debasement of our common humanity.  It ought to concern every community, because it tears at the social fabric.  It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets.  It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime.  I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name—modern slavery.”

“Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time, and the United States will continue to lead it…” Continue reading