Category Archives: Environmental Issues

Dry Season Vs Wet Season

Emerald Colours of the Wet Season Ghana

Emerald Colours of the Wet Season

The Dun Colours of the Dry Season Ghana

The Dun Colours of the Dry Season

You can see that it’s probably wise to plant during the wet season, when rainfall is guaranteed, at least enough to establish seedlings before the dry sets in. Here, two women involved in G-lish projects help water seedlings with water carried from the borehole early in the morning.

Tree Planting in the Wet Season Ghana

Planting in the Wet Season

Dry Season View Ghana

Dry Season View

In these images you can see the stark contrast between the lush green of the wet season, a period in which food supply is grown for the year, and the bare brown of the dry.

The dry season lasts from about late October through to May, during which it rains on a handful of days. The wet season is from about May, sometimes June, to late October, during which it rains regularly.

The lack of trees is not so obvious during the wet season, but once you hit the height of the hot and dry, nothing else is on your mind except where to find shade and escape from the punishing sun.

Team Wall Building

Team Wall Building

“Shadows but no Shade”

Men from the local football teams helping to build walls to protect the Neem seedlings so they can “take root” and grow up to be shade givers and also sources of medicine–their leaves and bark are used in anti-malaria treatment, kind of handy around here.

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Progress: Seedlings’ Mud Walls

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Here we’re presenting you with images of the Neem seedlings planted in late 2010 and how they’ve fared since constructing the mud walls to protect them. During the dry season, animals and fowls roam freely wherever they like as there … Continue reading

Mud Walls For Seedlings in Bolga

Visual diary of the local youth group’s football team volunteering to build the mud walls for the seedlings planted in 2010 by G-lish Foundation.

Footballers preparing mud Ghana

Footballers preparing mud

It was around 8 am in the morning; our shadows were still long. We had just finished playing football, as we do every morning in the village, and moved to the area where we planted seedlings to begin building walls.

Football Team helping build walls Ghana

Football Team helping build walls

We realised that if we didn’t build walls to protect the seedlings for their first 6 months of life, the animals and fowl would destroy them. So, we got set to building mud walls for the seedlings so the fowls could not peck them to death and the goats would be less tempted to chew them. Having said that, most animals don’t like the taste of Neem unless they get desperate.

Making Mud Balls Ghana

Making Mud Balls Ghana

Building the Mud Wall to Protect Neem Seedling Ghana

Building the Mud Wall to Protect Neem Seedling

Still, we didn’t want to tempt them, so we got to building. Building takes a lot of effort. The digging, the carting water in buckets from the borehole, the mud mixing, the making the balls, the building.

It’s a credit to the footballers that they put their hand up for it.

Local Footballers for Tree Planting Ghana

Local Footballers for Tree Planting

We have more walls to build, but this was a great start. We’ll keep you updated as we progress.

Thank You and Christmas Wishes

To supporters, helpers, friends, associates and family,

All the folks at G-lish Foundation–the basket makers, the plastic cutters and twisters, as well as their children and extended families–would like to thank you for your support this year.

On Christmas Day most of the individuals involved in this project will be celebrating in a modest, simple way, perhaps eating rice and stew with their family and visitors, as well as attending a church service. That’s the extent of Christmas is here in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region of Ghana for most.

G-lish Foundation is hosting a small party in the founding village today, 24th December, inviting the basket makers, cutters and twisters to partake in the popular local dish of rice balls and ground nut soup with meat–a delicacy for most in the village, and a change from the usual maize porridge. We will post photos shortly.

A small recap on successes so far this year.

Plastic bags used in basket making process: 25,000 (since June 2010)

No. of people who’ve benefited directly through producing baskets: 35.

No. of people who have indirectly benefited through the project (extended family members): 150. Indeed, one of the extended family compounds alone includes 20 children.

No. of trees planted: 131.

The trees are growing well, despite the dry season and the rains finishing in October, thanks to the daily efforts of several individuals and volunteers. We will also post photos of their progress shortly.

Thank you once again for your kindness and support. We hope to bring more good news this time next year. Meanwhile, we wish you a happy, safe and warm Christmas and a rewarding 2011.

G-lish Xmas Thank you

G-lish Xmas Thank You

Monthly Update: October 2010 Statistics

This is a very short and quick update. Basic statistics until 31 October 2010.

Plastic consumed to date: 15,333 pure water sachets
Cloth consumed: 25 kgs
Baskets produced: 66
No. of people working with regularly: 21
No. of people worked with in total: 32
Trees planted: 126
= 113 Niim
= 13 Mango

We shall be adding new photos shortly, including the niim tree planting day–just as soon as our phone and our computer kiss and make up and decide to talk to each other again.