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Cape Verde

  1. 1. By Donya Miguel Introduction: An isolated cluster of twelve islands off the coast of Senegal. they say that Cape Verde were created from the crumbs that fell from gods hands as he wiped them clean at the end of creation. Historically Cape Verde was uninhabited before they were e colonized in the 15th century by the Portuguese they were used for the main trading post for slaves Housing: This can vary in Cape Verde from the Grand Mediterranean-style home of the middle classes Cape-Verdeans; to the timber mud blocks houses of the peasants. At the last estimate, approximately 95% of all houses only had one floor. External walls tanks and Photo by F H Mira cisterns, and the other sources of 2000 only about 76.7 of the population had access to safedrinking water .At least 54% did not have access to improved sanitation systems and 50% werewithout electricity. About 15% of families were homeless.Economy:Cape Verde is classified as a small which lacks resources it has experienced several droughts, buthas been steadily growing since the 1190’s a country of average development being only the secondcountry to have achieved such a transition, after Botswana in 1994 1
  2. 2. Cape Verde is considered a developing country, and is included on the list of the UnitedNations Small developingShopping You don’t have you usual choice of shops at your fingertips there are mini- markets with a couple of items, you want get the fresh produce you get back home as there is limited refrigeration. There’s no kind of cheese or yoghurts availalable Eggs are small for vegetables you would need to visit a local market and purchase: Potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, lemons,Photo by Manuel de Sousa bananas, apples, and mangoesAidDuring the 1990’s, Cape Verde suffered from severe droughts which cut it’s annual harvests byan immense 80%. This disaster lead to International aid and , as of 2006 food production has stillnot returned to pre-drought levels while the annual costs of Cape Verde’s imports continues farexceeds the value of exportsIsland’s Town PopulationSanto Antao Ribiera Grande 21,735Sao Vincente Mindelo 76,107Santa Luzia UnihabitedSao Nicolau Ribera Grande 12,864Sal Santa Maria 8,000Boa Vista Sal Rei 6,233Maio Vila do Maio 8,303Santiago Cida de Velha 124,661Fogo Sao Filipe 55,000Brava Vila Nova Sintra 6,043 2
  3. 3. Cape Verde by Ingo WölbernFamily:As the home and family come very high on the list of expectations in Cape Verde, families oftenlive together in the same house, as the child rearing is often shared. The bond of mother and child is very powerful and people are still very superstitious on the Island’s all babies born on the seventh day after their birth they are introduced to the family with a blessing, they all gather in the child’s room and sing songs to protect the child from evil spirits, every family member coddles the child. Mothers like to carry theDumont dUrville, Jules-Sébastien-César, babies on their backs and1790-1842 this is seen often as they walk down the streetsSchooling is available to children up until the age offourteen then it is no longer state funded, unfortunatelymost seem to have to work in the family business missingout on school Photo by DuncanCV 3
  4. 4. All in all the Cape Verdeans are a very physical bunch kissing and hugging g, men and womenfor lengthy times this happens many times through the day.Photo by Jørgen CarlingConclusion:After reading about Cape Verde there is little distinction between the rich and the poor, as thevast population are poor even though the country is growing it is at a very slow pace. It facesdifficulties caused by its harsh landscape and climate and many droughts. As a country they stillrely heavily on aid from other countries such as the United States.Even though they face these adversities they spirit does not seem dampened. They are placed in thetop fifty poorest infact! The hospitality you would receive from a cape-verdian home if you wereso lucky! Would be a lovely meal and lots of drink laid on and plenty of dancing lots of fun seemsto be the order of the day. Some facts I found out about Cape Verde: There are ten Islands in total. It is on the Coast of Africa My grandfather came from SanVincente a very small Island. Colonised in the 15th century by the Portuguese 4
  5. 5. My survey: This was as a small questionnaire on how many people had been to Cape Verde. How many people have been to Cape Verde? 14 NO 12 10 Dont Know 8 6 4 2 YES 0 YES NO Dont KnowSources:www.capeverdehomes.orghttp://www.nationsencyclopedia.comwww.sarahmelamed.comWikipedia ( & WikimediaPhoto by;By F H Mira - DuncanCV - Jørgen Carling - Manuel de Sousa -,_Cabo_Verde).JPGBy Ingo Wölbern - 5