GHANA: HELP Ghana Research Center

HELP-Ghana Research Center is a Ghanaian registered NGO founded on the belief that development can be achieved and sustained when the strength of all healthy individuals are harnessed and geared towards formulation and implementation of developmental initiatives. HELP-Ghana.RC draws on the knowledge of a highly skilled full-time staff and the services of over 500 dedicated volunteers.

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ISRAEL: Zeev Engelmayer – Transformation into a Super Heroine – Becoming Shoshke

This is the story of Shoshke. A super heroine brought to life. And it’s probably one of the weirdest and funniest but above all most motivating stories here on this channel so far. The creator himself, namely the Israeli artist Zeev Engelmayer repeatedly takes on the role of his self-designed comic super heroine. Then he just becomes Shoshke in a special costume. An idea for an artistic performance has developed into an unbridled dynamic of its own and an independent character within Zeev’s psyche. That´s Shoshke. It´s not schizophrenic, more like a symbiosis. Zeev loves it and he frequently is setting her free. Because Shoshke makes always and every few days crazy but fabulous actions. Currently, according to Marker Magazine “She” is one of the 100 most influential people in Israel. And we need some more Shoshkes on this world! She fights for the good and important things. Take some time for this article. It’s going to be strange and complex, but for sure as well funny and super interesting.

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MALTA: Duck Village – Ornate Bird Refuge

Manoel Island in the bay of Gżira is not the highlight of the city, but worth a visit for a short walk. There is a small fort, a bathing spot popular with locals and otherwise closed ruins or construction sites. The excursion was really nothing special and in absolutely hot heat we also missed the bathing spot. For a short inbetween visit you can pass by the spot, but you should not necessarily do this at noon time because there´s no shade at all. But you will get a nice view of Valletta and Sliema over the water. In addition shortly after the bridge to the island, there is the lovingly and creatively assembled Duck’s Village, which now houses not only ducks, but many other bird species and even hares and guinea pigs. Just like the motto: All Animals in Harmony.

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IRELAND: The Icon Factory & The Icon Walk – Artist Aga Szot

This wonderful story is really one of the “greatest stories ever strolled”, as it is already written in the headline on the website of the Icon Factory in Dublin. This article will take this beautiful story further out into the world, with a readable artist conversation on the making and there is also an interesting podcast waiting for you to listen to. This is the story of the Icon Factory and the Icon Walk told by team member and visual artist Aga Szot in an interview.

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IRELAND: Mighty Murals and Creative Illustrations – KEVIN BOHAN

Kevin Bohan came to art and graffiti via detours, but better later than never. For far too long he was working in unsatisfactory jobs, he didn’t pursue what was inside him, which eventually led to many years of depression. But the way out of the dark corner was finally painting and creative design. Art is his medicine. Over the years Kevin has done countless fantastic murals in Dublin and throughout Ireland, either on his own or in collaboration with other renowned sprayers.

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POLAND / PORTUGAL: Mural Artist Duo MOTS – Diogo & Jagoda

Diogo is a graffiti artist from Portugal, Jagoda is originally from Poland. Together they are MOTS and this creative duet is travelling through the countries while leaving awesome and attention drawing artworks in the urban landscapes. They are specialized in making huge murals but love as well to do their colorful remodeling of walls at abandoned places or where it just seems to be needed.

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GHANA: Christ the King of Kings School

The Christ the King of Kings School is located in the harbor community of Jamestown in Accra. It´s one of two schools which is trying to support the children and to give them with education more perspectives for the future. Principal Emmanuel Ashie founded the school in 1996 as a chréche mainly for the children of the fishermen in the neighborhood. Most of them cannot afford to pay these or any other school bills, so Ashie established a facility with free admission for these children. For his work he doesn´t get any governmental support. He started with only three children, first with a nursing part up till to a kindergarten school. It started growing, and first they sent the children to another school. Meanwhile he built up the school to primary sixth grade in 2005 and is hosting now about 150 students, two of them are disabled.

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ALBANIA: Tirana´s Creative Pirates

There is a lot going on at the moment in Albania and overall in the capital Tirana. You see construction all over the country, buildings and new infrastructure just pop up everywhere from the ground, you just can see the development during the process. The country receives a lot of input, support and money from the EU especially for restoring and renovating the UNESCO heritages, for new roads and new facilities, as well tourism-oriented projects, to get the economy running. They are building everywhere you look. And they are not just behaving like there would be some construction, it really gets build and this happens fast.

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GERMANY: Culture Map – Daniel Vargas & Sam Khayari

A map is used to get an overview of a region or a country. Thus, then a culture map would be a cultural map. Something that gives you an overview of local art and its history. That’s exactly what the initial idea of DJ Daniel Vargas and visual artist Sam Khayari from Rüsselsheim in Germany was. Meanwhile, a creative website has emerged on which the two Culture Map founders introduce artists from a growing regional and cross-genre network into interview videos and portraits.

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GHANA: Gbi Special School

This facility for mental and physical disabled children was founded next to the village Gbi Kledzo near Hohoe in the Volta Region to provide an andequate education, health and day care for children with disabilities in this region. Principal Reverend Gerhadt Charles Gbekle and about 40 other teachter, social workers, day care mothers and educationers are keeping the school running.

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