Things have been a little quiet online with Healthy Villages, Inc. lately, but behind the scenes, a lot's been going on! In collaboration with Gail Nyoka, professional storyteller, playwright and author, we have a grant funded project that gets underway soon! Gail and Godfried will be traveling throughout the Volta Region (the part of Ghana where we do our medical work) to record the ancestral stories of the Ewe tribe. These stories are in danger of dying out, as the current generation of Elders passes on.
As in much of the world, reverence for the elders in Ghana as the keepers of wisdom has diminished, as society becomes overly focused on technology. Somehow as a human species, we've come to enjoy staring at people interacting on a screen instead of going out and interacting with real humans ourselves. Sadly, that means that while in the past the elders would gather children in the evenings to teach them through the use of stories passed down generation to generation, now kids gather at the home of whomever has a TV. And communities suffer.
As you know, we at Healthy Villages, Inc. are focused on sustainable health for Ghana's villages. Through this project, we hope not only to preserve these stories for our current and future generations, but also to revitalize storytelling as a means of fostering healthy interaction between all ages. We also will be especially interested to learn wisdom stories about caring for the environment, with a future project to create a book of lessons for school children relating ancestral stories with ecological education.
Please follow along with us as this exciting project unfolds!
Voices of the Ancestors: Environmental Education Through Storytelling WEBSITE HERE
Voices of the Ancestors Community Facebook PAGE HERE
Make a $50 donation to this project, and the book of ancestral stories will be donated in your name to a school in the Volta Region. You can make a donation through the Voices of the Ancestors page on this website HERE.