Life Academy has a newly renovated home in Accra, Ghana! Coated in bright colors, this studio is a safe and encouraging place for the Life Academy Student Artisans to work, rest, heal, and learn.
The Sewing Collective room is equipped with six professional sewing machines where Student Artisans are creating beautiful bags and home decor items using handmade batik and other west african textiles. Life Academy’s Sewing Collective Manager, Eunice, has her studio just next door so her leadership and mentoring are never far away. The students who are employed by Life Academy are now earning their own salary, and those who are working at jobs outside the new studio still meet weekly for other programming.
The classroom space provides an area for Life Academy’s literacy classes where students meet with private educator, Sarah Palshof, to strengthen their academic skills. The large table also provides work space for large sewing projects!
The third room in the Life Academy serves as a therapy and yoga space. Clinical Psychologist Rachel Pugh incorporates art therapy and other therapeutic methods to bring healing and growth to each Life Academy student. Nana, Life Academy Director and owner of Bliss Yoga Accra, continues to incorporate group yoga sessions drawing energy from the mural the Life Academy students and team designed together.
We are strong together.
(Photos by Braden Deal and Ruth McDowell.)