October 14, 2013

School for Social Entrepreneurs Lessons

Co-founder of G-lish Foundation (and author of this blog), Gayle Pescud, shares her experience at School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia, Sydney Accelerator program this year. Watch the YouTube video to hear about her experience and what SSE can do for you and your social enterprise. During the course the facilitators, and the who's who of guest speakers in this sector, and other students and their enterprises made it a great experience. The two co-founders are now taking stock of all the learning to translate it into value for G-lish, the communities we work with in the Upper East Region, and our supporters. If you have any questions, add them in the comments below! Thank you.

February 10, 2012

2 Week Sale on New Recycled Products

To celebrate the release of new products, we are holding a 2 week online sale for these gorgeous products.  Where? At Recycled Bolga Baskets.

For those in Ghana, you can buy G-lish Baskets at Trashy Bags in Accra and Village Exchange Center in Ho, Volta Region.

For new readers, here is a little about G-lish and the basket/bag/mat/pot producing process.

Most Ghanaians do not have access to clean drinking water other than in “pure water” plastic sachets. As such, water sachet rubbish is a massive problem in Ghana. Millions of sachets are discarded daily and end up polluting rivers and soil since there are virtually no rubbish collection services.

G-lish turned problem into opportunity with recycled baskets when they married the urgent need for income generation in rural communities with the skills of traditional Bolga basket weavers and a need to re-use waste plastic sachets and scrap cloth.

Each product uses 250-300 pure water plastic bags, and about 1/2 kg of scrap fabric. One basket takes 5 full days to produce and is made by the hands of at least 5 different producers—a truly community effort:

1 person cuts the waste plastic water bags into strips,
1 person twists the plastic water bags into twine,
1 person cuts the scrap cloth, another person twists the scrap cloth into twine.

The final step: a skilled basket maker weaves the plastic and cloth twine using traditional basket making techniques for which Bolga, in Ghana, is world-famous.

G-lish pays fair trade prices to the producers throughout the supply chain involved in producing G-lish baskets.

When you buy a basket you are providing at least 5 days of work to impoverished, rural Ghanaians and fair wages that make a difference. Thank you!

G-lish won an award sponsored by the UNEP and SEED Init in 2010 for its unique, creative and sustainable processes.

As of February 2012, G-lish has consumed over 120,000 pure water plastic bags in production. The official G-lish Foundation website...and a post with more gorgeous recycled Bolga basket photos here.

January 4, 2012

Help Fundraise for Quadriplegic in Ghana

Dear friends, visitors, readers,

We know many of you support worthy causes, especially if you are connected with Ghana already. However, we're hoping you may be able to help out supporting our brother (literally).

Our younger brother, Joshua, became quadriplegic—paralysed from the neck down—after sustaining severe spinal cord injuries when he fell from a tree he was climbing in September, something that could have happened to any one of us. Your donation will help cover Jo’s ongoing medical costs and purchase devices to help prevent pressure sores and improve mobility.

Thank you in advance. If you would like to share this with other supporters, we would appreciate it.

A 1 minute film showing the story
Link to our simple fundraising site:

October 25, 2011

Ghana: Income Generation and Volunteering

Images of basket makers at work for G-lish Foundation in Bolgatanga, Ghana.
Ghana - Cutting and twisting cloth by G-lish Foundation
Cloth Cutting as part of the recycled Bolga basket process in Ghana photo by G-lish Foundation on Flickr.

Twisting recycled pure water plastic into twine to make recycled Bolga baskets

A group of basket makers at work in the shade in Bolgatanga, Ghana

G-lish Foundation is about to launch its international volunteer program in which volunteers will help G-lish carry out its core projects in Bolgatanga and new locations in Ghana. You can see more about what we do at G-lish Foundation. You can also catch up on Twitter. Watch the YouTube video for more idea about what we do.

September 19, 2011

Asanti Dance Theatre in Australia

Asanti Dance Theatre from Ghana are now actively dancing and teaching in Melbourne, Australia, and traveling to concerts around the country.

They also do dance workshops and African drumming.

Workshops with Asanti Dance Theatre are a great way of bringing your community closer together and expressing yourself through music and dance. Classes are conducted in safe, supportive environments and each workshop is tailored made to make sure you get the most out of your African drum and dance experience. Whether you are born with rhythm or you have two left feet, you can be sure that workshops with Asanti Dance Theatre are fun, invigorating and challenging for people at all levels.

Workshops are offered in drumming, dance, village activities, song and storytelling and cultural activities. They are facilitated by the senior members of the company who are all experienced, talented professionals in their area of expertise. Workshops can be conducted for a one off event or you can come along to one of our regular classes.

The latest poster for what's on.

May 3, 2011

Around the World with 40 Bloggers

It’s launch day for a brilliant project: a free (yes, no cost) and stunning E-Book by the Lonely Planet bloggers from the Blogsherpa programme. Blogsherpies, as they affectionately call themselves, with generous support from LP in the design and editorial process, made this happen.

“Managing 40 bloggers perpetually traveling in and out of jungles, cafes, monuments and ruins, and internet free zones (gasp!) was not an easy task” says Todd Wassel of Todd's Wanderings, the blogger who headed up the project.

"Around the World with 40 Lonely Planet Bloggers" takes readers on a world tour featuring almost 70 countries, and introduces the world of professional travel blogging. Within it, each blogger, hand picked by Lonely Planet, shares a collection of stunning photos that capture the essence of their travel.

Gail Walter from Uncommon Travel and Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil of The Planet D also contributed, along with 37 others (including me!) and both these blogs are well worth a click through. In fact, each bloggers' profile and links are included in their entry in the eBook so you can take a virtual tour of top travel bloggers sites and see how they do it.

An accomplished group, the BlogSherpas have reached beyond their own blogs, having been published in the likes of National Geographic Traveler, Huffington Post, Travel + Leisure, AFAR and more.

Image above from Museum Chick

Unfortunately, the first photo (p36) for my entry is without reference, but many here will recognise it as the central part of Elmina Castle located in the Central Region of Ghana. I took this photo way back in 2005 during my first visit to Elmina Castle and Ghana, then, as it were. You can read more about that journey here at Ghana Guide and Blog. I also co-founded an organisation called G-lish Foundation last year in the north of Ghana and you can read more about that too. What a journey. I'm sure many of the blogsherpies have similar stories of life-changing travel and adventure so be sure to download your copy of Around the World with 40 Lonely Planet Bloggers here. Because it's free, share it with the whole world!

Image above from No Hurry Curry

Read the full story about Around the World with 40 Bloggers at Lonely Planet's site.

March 31, 2011

Top Travel Articles for Ghana

For travellers to Ghana, a summary of some of the more popular travel advice articles that will hopefully help you prepare a little better for travel in Ghana. Click on the link for whichever article you're interested in. Articles relating to money or costs written more than a year ago should have 10-20% added to any costs quoted to keep up with increases to goods and services in Ghana. Let us know if you have any tips, updates or advice--click comments below the article. Happy travels.

February 27, 2011

Online Resources for Visiting Ghana

A couple of excellent online forums to find out about travel in Ghana, or life in Ghana, are:


Internations works on trust and they verify your credentials before being allowed to access the site fully. You can meet plenty of expats and get up-to-date details about living in Ghana, particularly Accra. They have an active expat community that attends regular meet-ups too. A good way to meet people when you first arrive in Ghana.
"InterNations is a community of trust and confidence, present in 230 cities worldwide. Data security and privacy are of major importance. Therefore membership is invitation-only:
You need to be invited to become a member"
and Lonely Planet's "Thorntree" forum.
This is geared towards short-term travelers and is essentially a place to find the most difficult to get information that may not be available anywhere else online. Many current and former travelers lurk around the forums and are ready to offer advice and answer questions from fellow travelers. When visiting Italy I developed my entire itinerary around the feedback on the forums. It was brilliant. I've read loads relating to Ghana there and the advice is helpful and mostly accurate.

This image was taken at Axim Beach Hotel, Axim, one of the best beaches and hotels in Ghana--with prices for all budgets. 

February 24, 2011

Ghana on Facebook

There are plenty of Facebook pages about Ghana by Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians for those here and those planning to visit Ghana. Almost six years ago, when I first arrived in Ghana (yikes time has flown!), Facebook was not the main thing I spied on PC screens in public internet cafes. Zip forward to 2011 and it's a whole different picture. Virtually everyone, from children to adults, in public cafes--even in Bolga--is browsing, writing and making friends on Facebook. Football, dating and development issues appear to be the most popular topics.

Here are a few of the pages worth checking out:

Ghana F.L.O.W.E.R.
A great small NGO in the Eastern Region of Ghana doing good work and doing what they say they're doing!

A comment from a volunteer at the page:

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed volunteering for Ghana FLOWER! I volunteered as a public health intern from Jan 2010 and had the most incredible time. The work was hugely rewarding, but the best part was getting to know Helen and her wonderful family, who were so welcoming and made my time in Ghana so enjoyable...

E-Waste Watch Ghana
There are sooo many importers dumping used electronic and electrical goods all over Ghana. Africa, in general, is the dumping ground of the rich. This site keeps you up to date on what's happening here in Ghana.

From the page:
E-WASTE WATCH GHANA monitors the illegal shipments and dumping of e-waste in Ghana by the industrialised countries and documents the public health and environmental impacts.
A group simply called "Ghana"
Slightly patchy content, but a few useful tips for travelers in there.

A question from one of the members:
Can somebody tell me an affordable guest house in Cantonments-Accra? I know it's not the typical backpacker area, but I have to stay around that area and can't pay for the luxury hotels.
Another great page is Ghana Blogging.
As the name suggests, its members are bloggers writing about Ghana. Use the page as a springboard for some of the best blogs about Ghana.

A note from their site:
Have you seen the new GhanaBlogging website? Please visit http://ghanablogging.com/. Massive thanks to Oluniyi D. Ajao and Web4Africa for putting this together!
Ghana Music.
Ghana would not be Ghana without music. Life = music, music = life. This is the Facebook page to find out much about it.

A promo on their site:
Abodam Live In Australia.This Show Is Gonna Be Too Hot To Be Miss.Kwaw Kese First Time In Australia..Nuffin But Madness.
A reader brought Nyani Quarmyne Photography to my attention and it is worth the look!

A post on the page reads:

Nyani Quarmyne Photography Since posting these images on mental health in Ghana, I've had several people ask, "How can I help?" For those of you who would like to make a difference, I've updated my blog post with the details you need.

 And then....

This image is from The Gamelian World, a great blog from a Ghanaian. Read his article, Ghana's Facebook Picture, on the popularity of Facebook in Ghana.

Facebook image above from http://www.anticapitalistes.net/spip.php?article1816

February 18, 2011

Income Generation Video from Bolga by G-lish Foundation

It's not all TZ and smock making in Bolgatanga. Press play to see the lifecycle of a recycled Bolga basket and get inspired! Let us know what you think.You can also see the organisation's new site at http://g-lishfoundation.org.

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