FYS: Green and Global Computing
Cut Off From The World
According to the CIA World Fact Book, in 2007, 28.5% of Ghana’s population lives below the poverty line . It is a developing country that has many financially challenged towns. After my father got back from some of his early trips to Ghana, he told me that most of the local people live in small overpopulated shacks and apartment structures, with very little running water for bathing purposes. A large number of the people have difficulty purchasing food and struggle to earn enough money to keep themselves nourished, but will work extremely hard in their jobs. Their jobs consist of carving wood sculptures, making bracelets and drums for the tourists, and many other hand-made crafts. Many Ghanaians barely have the necessities to live anywhere near a normal life, let alone are able to purchase the technological resources to improve their lives. How can we expect their government to help them connect to the world through internet access? The people of Ghana have started to take it upon themselves to try and send their children to better schools to allow them the opportunity to use computers and get familiarized with technology. The children in Ghana need their parents to send them to private schools in order to try and catch up to most other countries. And they are making strides in this pursuit of advancement. As of 2012 3,569,757 people of 25,292,392 in Ghana use the internet, which is approximately a 6% increase from 2011 . If Ghanaians increase their technology innovations in their fields of research, they will be able to advance those fields, which will in turn, help out the people in Ghana. This will help make the country a safer and more profitable place for their population. The government can help out in internet accessibility and technology innovations by investing time and money into technology. Internet accessibility and technological innovations will help the people in Ghana become more financially independent and financially secure. My father has seen firsthand how some of the more basic technologic devices have improved the lives of the craftsmen at the local market. As mentioned earlier, he has befriended some of these trusted craftsmen in the market of Accra, which is the major place where all the people sell their goods. Three of these men, brothers Abraham and David, and a wood and drum carver, Dotcom, have very interesting stories concerning their success and how a few donated technological items have benefited them in becoming successful business men. Abraham contracted polio at age 9 and was paralyzed from the waist down. His brother David, who is his business partner in the market, had to help his brother Abraham travel around as a young man, as Abraham did not have a wheelchair. Even with this great burden on these brothers, they were able to attend school, get an education, and both of them graduated from a ministry based university in the northern part of Ghana. But in order to become more financially secure, as their village was very poor, they needed to travel to the city of Accra, which was a 700 mile journey, with no wheelchair and very limited motorized transportation. Many times David had to carry his brother Abraham for long distances, with other times Abraham actually crawling to make progress. As you can see, they went through many difficult times but were still able to make it to Accra, and with their academic background, they were able to start a wood carving and drum making company in the market. This has enabled these brothers to earn a living that is much higher than most of the other craftsmen in the market. Because of Abraham’s personality and business sense, they were the only craftsmen that were allowed in the hotel district area where many of the tourists stay, including the Delta Air Lines crew members. My father gave the brother’s a few cell phones, an old computer, and an iPod touch, which allows them to...
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