Posts Tagged ‘life’

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 »

Meet Emmanuel

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

Emmanuel Kamate

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…

Stay Committed!

Ed.