Posted in West Michigan on September 17th, 2009 by Edward Bussa – 2 Comments
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 one wall of G.R. Community Foundation building
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 »
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).
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 »
Posted in West Michigan on July 4th, 2009 by Edward Bussa – Be the first to comment
My wife Anne and I were invited to a “Pre-Christmas” party on Friday at Bostwick Lake. Our host apparently invites his closest 50 friends to the Fourth of July fireworks display every year. We enjoyed ourselves and this great community oriented group.
So, here’s a shout out to our host and everyone else – invite us back next year! And as a thank you, here’s a gallery of the fireworks for everyone to enjoy.
Posted in West Africa on June 28th, 2009 by Edward Bussa – Be the first to comment
Back to Africa
Well, I’m still not done with Week 3! Actually, far from it. I have one more post from Segou, which was only our first stop that week. After Segou comes our tour of Dogon, a wedding in Sangha, our adventurous return navigating across the desert by GPS and an evening by the river in Mopti. Before we get to all that however, I want to illustrate everyday working life in Mali. This is the first of two seperate interviews with two men living and working in the capital city of Bamako, Mali.
Emmanuel Kamate prepares for portrait
Emmanuel Kamate is a business man. He runs a small store in the capital city of Bamako. Our equivalent would be called a convenience store, the French equivalent might be called a boutique. If you look closely, you can see that neither description probably fits. The way most Malians purchase certain supplies is quite different than what we are accustomed to. But that is only part of this story – the part that outlines our differences. The rest of the story is about Emmanuel, his family, and his friends. The story of a man providing for his family and for his children. That story has been told many times. But because the story is so common, I think it brings the power of perspective into our own lives. I think it speaks to why sometimes we do things we don’t want to do – because others are counting on us. For most of us, we wouldn’t have it any other way either. So stay tuned for more about Emmanuel and his family and his friends in the next post…
Posted in Xyz on June 21st, 2009 by Edward Bussa – 1 Comment
Thank you Dad.
Still, the kindest, gentlest man I’ve ever known.
Thanks Pa, for everything.