Archive for January 2009

Two Teens and a Video Camera Aim to Improve Flooding Situation in Guyana

January 8, 2009

Guyana, a little-known country in South America, just got a big voice thanks to a documentary produced last year by two local teenagers. The documentary highlights problems related to the flooding of Guyana’s Mahaica river and the impact the flooding has on area farmers.

Niccollette Boatswain, 19, and Shirvanie Persaud, 18, made their own film to highlight a flooding crisis affecting poor farmers living along the Mahaica River in the north of the country.

Thanks to training from CAFOD partner the Guyana Human Rights Association, the documentary only took five months to make, and the girls edited it themselves when they weren’t studying.

They hope it will be broadcast on Guyanan national television to raise awareness of what is happening on the east coast – home to the majority of the population.

Here’s an introduction to the documentary:

Additional clips and more information on the project can be found here.

H/T to Guyana Providence Stadium.


Welcome to “The Advanced Ape,” a blog for Colony Magazine

January 6, 2009

Welcome to Colony Magazine’s blog, “The Advanced Ape.”

The mission of the magazine (and blog) is to portray people in peaceful developing communities who strive to improve their world but lack resources in a realistic and compassionate manner, and to connect them with counterparts who have technical skill, expertise and concern for their fellow human.

Colony Magazine, set to officially launch early this year, is a new publication that highlights the successes of driven individuals in peaceful developing countries. (more…)