In 2012, Yukari Hara – then a student from Columbia University’s School of Public Health – worked as an intern in Northern Ghana. “I came to Bognayili, fell in love with the village and the people,” she told me. “I wanted to give back to the people for all that they had done for me.” She raised funds and built a preschool for the village. She calls it “My Dream” school. I travelled with her to the village recently; where she presented dolls and enlisted the preschool kids in the HappyDoll project.
“The white savior supports brutal policies in the morning, founds charities in the afternoon, and receives awards in the evening,” Teju Cole once tweeted. I agree, but Yukari’s story is different. It’s part of a documentary I’m currently working on.