From childhood until a few years ago, John Yegon believe that digging a hole in the ground, be it for a latrine or a grave, was taboo. Last year, Yegon learned from a public health officer that most diseases are caused by poor hygiene and sanitation practices and mainly by open defecation. He then embarked on a mission to construct pit latrines from metal sheets and wood for his neighbors at no cost.
Indigenous communities, local non-profit groups and park rangers on both sides of the Panama-Costa Rica border are collaborating to protect Parque Internacional La Amistad, the largest nature reserve in Central America, from environmental threats. But their effors are challenged by hydroelectric power plants, overuse of agrochemicals, hunting, deforestation, poor wast management and forest fires.
By Barbara Borst — Traffic jams in the capital. Construction projects at every turn. Cell phones in constant use. Just a few signs that Ghana’s economy is one of the hottest in […]
By Barbara Borst — Sudden oil wealth sounds like a winning lottery ticket, but too often, it breeds corruption, economic dislocation and conflict. In Ghana, citizen groups began pushing for accountability soon […]
By Barbara Borst — Nigeria lies less than 200 miles from Ghana along the western bulge of Africa – close enough to show Ghanaians how dangerous oil wealth can be for a […]