[act-ma] 11/6 Ghana Film w Bikes Not Bombs

Bikes Not Bombs mail at bikesnotbombs.org
Fri Oct 31 07:38:24 PDT 2008

Thursday November 6

Screening at the City Year Headquarters
287 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116

Full info and a map at http://www.bikesnotbombs.org/node/419

With donated bicycles from Boston and the support of hundreds of  
local volunteers and donors, Bikes Not Bombs is co-sponsoring the  
development of a retail shop to be collectively managed by physically  
challenged people in Koforidua, Ghana. Join us for an inspiring film  
and discussion about this endeavor.

BNB is undertaking this project in partnership with a foundation in  
Ghana created by an extraordinary man, Emmanuel Yeboah. The First  
Look Pictures documentary, Emmanuel's Gift (trailer and photos here:  
www.emmanuelsgift.com) by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern, is narrated by  
Oprah Winfrey. Following Emmanuel's struggles and achievements, it  
gives a background for this new project.

For insightful updates and beautiful photos, please check out the  
blog of David Branigan, BNB staff in Ghana: http://bikesnotbombs- 
eefsa.blogspot.com/ and his photos page at http://www.flickr.com/ 

A five minute documentary on BNB, One Peace at a Time by Allegra  
Anderson, will open the evening, and a discussion with Carl Kurz,  
BNB's founder and International Programs Director, will follow the  
screening of Emmanuel's Gift.

Special thanks to City Year for generously allowing BNB to take  
advantage of their hi-tech, new, green media space.

Please spread the word. Please contact arik at bikesnotbombs.org or  
617-522-0222 x100 if you are available to help distribute flyers!

Tickets are $7-$15, sliding scale and available for purchase online  
at http://www.bikesnotbombs.org/node/419, or by phone: 617-522-0222,  
or at the door.

Bikes Not Bombs is working with Emmanuel’s Education Foundation and  
Sports Academy for the Physically Challenged (EEFSA) to establish a  
bicycle workshop that will employ physically-challenged people in the  
city of Koforidua. Our trainer/mechanic David Branigan has been in  
Koforidua since May 2008 getting the shop setup and training the new  
mechanics. The micro-enterprise model plans for the eventual  
cooperative ownership of the business by the mechanics. We sent our  
first container of aid on April 26th 2008 with the tools, parts and  
bikes necessary for the establishment of the workshop. Included were  
workbenches custom-built by volunteer Paul Martin to be accessible  
from wheelchair height.

The film Emmanuel's Gift tell the story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a  
physically challenged athlete who rode a bicycle across Ghana with  
one leg in his campaign advocating for the rights and abilities of  
the physically disabled in Ghana. Emmanuel's campaign influenced the  
Government of Ghana to pass a Disability Rights Law that protects the  
rights of the physically disabled. Emmanuel went on to establish the  
Emmanuel Education Foundation and Sports Academy for the Physically  
Challenged with the financial support he received from the  
international community. He has been the winner of numerous awards  
including the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and the prestigious Casey  
Martin Award offered each year by Nike corporation. His leadership in  
bringing dignity and inspiration to the growing international  
movement for the rights of the disabled has led his people on to a  
new paradigm in Africa, one that challenges the stigma of poverty and  
self-deprecation that has pushed disabled individuals into the  
destitution of begging and marginalization on the fringes of society.

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