A documentary produced by two students, Maya Barba and Simonne Villamichel Borel, and their teacher, Angie (Hall) Tieman, about a teen labor issue in Ghana. The Kayayo. They work to go to school and they work to survive.
During the summer of 2011, two students and their teacher, along with seven others, traveled to Ghana. They painted classrooms and desks and raised funds to donate a computer lab in a local school there. They also explored an important and essentially undocumented teen labor issue called Kayayo. The government in Ghana only provides funds for students to attend school through junior high. When students reach high school age, their families are required to pay the school fees themselves. Many families in the north cannot afford such fees, so many teens have taken it upon themselves to travel, alone, to the bigger southern cities to work as porters in the busy markets. These teens are the Kayayo. The film tells the story two Kayayo teens, Emelia and Lewis and provides an in-depth look and understanding of the lives they lead.

Full length version of the film was an official selection at the 2012 Red Rock Film Festival and won the Audience Choice Award in the Youth Category. Email tiemanangie@gmail.com to schedule a screening or to see the full length film.

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