Our artisan Rascharles has been forced to demolish his own home & working space due to $ 1.2 BNMarine Drive projectin Accra, Ghana. He has only been granted the amount of 2000 Ghana cedi (equivalent to 163 EURO / 174 USD) to rebuild a new home in a nearby space which will also be demolished eventually when they continue with the next stage of the Marine Drive project. This amount is not even close for him to create a new living/working space for himself. So we are not just looking at improving someone’s livelihood here, but also at supporting the Ghanaian artisanal sector to stay alive. For artisans such as Rascharles, to be able to keep working and creating in decent conditions. What are some challenges that the artisanal sector in Ghana faces?Read here.
Why are WE doing this?
A part from the fact that Rascharles is a very special reason to why Africana Skincare is possible and for us loving his creation, we have been engaging with many other artisans and suppliers in this location. This is where Africana Skincare was BORN. Many of our inspirations to create our products came from THIS PLACE. And now it has been completely demolished and it doesn’t exist anymore.
For the past couple of months, anytime we would go to visit Rascharles or any of other suppliers, they would express their worry about what was about to happen. They didn’t even have the head space to keep working because their home/source of income was going to be demolished and questions such as: “how will we survive?”, “where will we go?”, “who will support us to build a new home?” wouldn’t stop worrying their mind. This energy was going on for a couple of weeks, until on Monday 18th September we went back to this place, and it was completely demolished. The creative energy that used to invade the atmosphere, wasn’t there anymore, it was rather chaos anywhere you look. We felt such a sense of emptiness and sadness. If we are feeling this way, how must THEY be feeling?
We cannot stop the demolishment. We cannot stop this new project led by the Government of Ghana. We cannot change their lives from one day to another, but we can try and support them, Rascharles in this case, to relocate to a new place that he can call HOME and feel comfortable and happy in to keep creating beautiful pieces of art
Other important information
What is the final day to make donations?
8th October. We will consider to extend a maximum of one extra week (until 15th October) if we do not manage to reach enough people in the initial time frame.
What happens if we do not reach our goal?
Whatever amount is raised, will be given to Rascharles, whether or not we manage to reach our goal. 100% of funds raised will be given to him directly. We will make a video and share it with you :)