A small creek is the only source of water. Huts of grass, mud and concrete are constructed haphazardly wherever a place allows. There’s no architecture here, no plumbing, no indoor bathrooms. Every day is about survival.
But on a day in January, the villagers of Okurase, Ghana, West Africa, are celebrating. Eighteen villagers have completed a six-month brick-making training class and are graduating. As part of the ceremony, they show everyone how they make bricks.
Several put the bricks together, one puts them into the brick press machine and another pulls them out, every