In August I am going back to Benin, West Africa with a stop over in Accra, Ghana, to visit the Makers Faire.
The aim of a Maker Faire-like event is to create a space on the continent where Afrigadget-type innovations, inventions and initiatives can be sought, identified, brought to life, supported, amplified, propagated, etc. Maker Faire Africa asks the question, “What happens when you put the drivers of ingenious concepts from Mali with those from Ghana and Kenya, and add resources to the mix?”
I will be there with 2 friends from Benin to check out what is possible for the Beninois. I am really looking forward to it, I’ve heard such a lot about these faires, but I never had a chance to visit one!
From Accra we will continue to Cotonou, Benin, where we welcome two young Germans: Anne udn Nadja. The two are planing to spent a year in Benin and support some of our projects. Most likely they will start out at Aledjo at the Youth Center (ADRIA), maybe they can help ADRIA to set up a branch with their microfinancing office at the school of Massi and then there is also the chance to support SEAM, our soccer guys in Benin. For them we might have a very special surprise soon, it seems that we’ll get a bus for them! A bus, that allow them to travel much easier around!
Besides welcoming the two girls I will visit Aledjo, Natintangou and Massi to see how our projects evolve. Hopefully we can raise some more money to continue our work …