Look Beyond The Poverty When You Travel


What is the first thing you notice when you look at these pictures? Do you think, “Oh! The poverty in Ghana!” I’ll tell you what I see. I see people taking pride in their surroundings. The fact that they are on dirt does not mean they have to be dirty.

One thing that really bothers me about the way many Africans are portrayed is that we only seem to hear about them being poor, hungry, and dirty.

Since I have been in Ghana I have noticed how even though there are those that do live in what we consider poverty, they are completely clean.

They take pride in their environment and as you see in these pictures, they sweep the dirt floor to get rid of the trash on it.

These pictures were taken on three different days in completely different locations in Accra, yet they are all doing the same thing. That speaks volumes and shows how cleanliness is engrained in them. Poor does not equal lazy or dirty.


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Is it hard for you to see the cleanliness beyond the poverty?  

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  1. Thank you for this post. You are right, the first thing I would assume/dwell on is the poverty aspect. Your perspective is spot on and refreshing.

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