Do you want to be part of a group of creatives working towardsmaking a change in the face of climate change? Join us! We are looking for creative writers and illustrators for our Ananse Climate Education project. In this project we are building a climate education kit that we spread in Ghana. The education focuses on preparing children for the future of climate change and being resilient. As part of this climate education kit, we want to create adventurous and modern day Ananse stories aimed at children in Ghana (8-11 years old). We are looking for bold and creative, out of the box thinkers to help us create and illustrate these stories. During the one-month Ananse Climate Fellowship, you will embark on a journey with inspiring speakers, musicians, artist and international climate experts to create the kit. It will be an educational and inspiring journey.
Ama and her big black rain boots were interviewed by OneWorld Magazine. She shared her vision on climate justice and the Church of Climate Change. The interview is in Dutch (find the link here), but we've also translated a part to English.
There have been Black Lives Matter protests continually for a month now. The world finally seems to think about the legacy of slavery, colonialism and imperialism on a larger scale. But what about the Black lives on the African continent, where by far the most Black people live? They often get excluded from the Western narrative. Ama van Dantzig is co founder of Dr.Monk, an organization for climate change action and social change situated in Accra, Ghana but active in the Netherlands as well. For Lilith, Ama writes about the plight of Africans in this global movement for Black lives
A few weeks back, as a spontaneous response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we created a DIY video that showed how to build a tap in case you don't have running water. The video was picked up widely, reaching over 100k people through a collab with online platform ViDi, plus several community organizers in Ghana and beyond. We were able to support a local NGO in Jamestown, Accra in building tippy taps in their community.
After months of making sense of the state of our world, Dutch broadcaster VPRO asked us what we think of climate change and the current pandemic. You can watch the full interview (in Dutch) under this link. During our hours of conversation with interviewer Soraya, we spoke about many interconnected challenges.
During these times of COVID-19, we all know how important it is to wash our hands in order to prevent the spread of the virus. The WHO's 20-second handwashing rule assumes you have access to clean running water, but what if you don’t? We are creating short simple videos to empower low-resource communities to protect themselves against coronavirus. And working with community partners to support implementation. The first video helps communities in need to build their own simple tap and know how to wash hands well well!
In the midst of this global pandemic, our intern Marrit sat down (virtually!) with Ghanaian journalist Emmanuel K. Dogbevi and spoke about Fake News and its harms during times like these. How do you know if what you're reading or hearing around you is true or false?
It’s dark and the street is filled with young people trying to get home. No one can find their ride in the endless queue of motionless Ubers. The atmosphere is tense and chaotic, people looking at each other with distrust. Sneaking a peek at Ama’s phone, we see our Uber guy is just behind the petrol station we’re approaching.
Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if children were in the lead? On Saturday the 3d of November the very first Global Children's Designathon took place in Accra, Ghana. It was a day on which Ghanaian children from different backgrounds got together and designed solutions for Life on Land issues, one of the Sustainable Development Goals.