Archive for September, 2009

Hoping to place in ArtPrize Top Ten — Daan Hoekstra’s entry

Posted in West Michigan on September 17th, 2009 by Edward Bussa – 2 Comments

Two Futures

Two women symbolize humanity, each looking to a different future.

One future is characterized by recent choices.

The other holds out the promise of something brighter.

Mural in progress on Grand Rapids Community Foundation building

Mural in progress on one wall of G.R. Community Foundation building

Promise of a brighter future

Promise of a brighter future

Daan hopes to be in Top Ten

Daan has been working for several weeks, away from family and friends, his days dominated by this work. read more »

The price of convenience in Mali

Posted in West Africa on September 3rd, 2009 by Edward Bussa – Be the first to comment

In the last post from West Africa, I introduced you to Emmanuel Kamate of Mali. Emmanuel runs a convenience store in the capital city, Bamako. The store has everything you might need to get you through the day; eggs, sugar, cooking oil, powdered milk and bread (in bags on the counter).

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Emmanuel Kamate and his son Abel


An introduction in Mali is only complete after everyone has been given a good humored ribbing over their traditional background, revealed by their last name. The name Kamate comes from an ethnic group known as the Bobo who are farmers by tradition. Emmanuel was born in 1972 and went to school through the sixth grade. read more »