Category Archives: G-lish: The Organisation

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

G-lish Foundation Wins Seed Initiative Award

SEED 2010 Winners Logo
SEED 2010 Winners Logo

G-lish Foundation is delighted to announce that, from among 1000 submissions to a short-list of 80, G-lish Foundation was selected as one of the 30 international winners of the 2010 SEED Initiative Award.

G-lish thanks the SEED Initiative and all its partners, as well as Trashy Bags in Accra, Ghana for the early and ongoing support.

Direct from the UNEP Press Release:

The SEED Awards recognise inspiring social and environmental entrepreneurs whose businesses can help meet sustainable development challenges. By helping entrep

reneurs to scale-up their activities, the SEED Initiative, which is hosted by UNEP, aims to boost local economies and tackle poverty, while promoting the sustainable use of resources and ecosystems.

This year, in addition to seeking innovative start-ups throughout the developing world, the SEED Awards had a special focus on Africa, placing particular emphasis on initiatives from South Africa, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, Rwanda and Senegal. This focus was part of a larger project linked with UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative and was funded largely by the European Union.

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, said:” The SEED Award winners exemplify the strong spirit of entrepreneurship in t

he developing world and its significance in creating a Green Economy. While the Awards recognize individual outstanding projects, governments must also show leadership in supporting grassroots efforts through diverse and dynamic standards, forward-looking policies and incentives to further catalyze corporate and community-led change.”

All the SEED winners will be honoured at award ceremonies in their home countries. The prize they will receive from SEED is a package of individually-tailored support for their business. This includes access to relevant expertise and technical assistance, meeting new partners and building networks, developing

business plans and identifying sources of finance. SEED will furthermore contribute towards meeting each winner’s most immediate needs by contributing to a jointly developed support plan.

The 2010 call for proposals saw applications from just under 60 countries, representing the collaborative efforts of non-governmental organizations, women’s and youth groups, labour organisations, public authorities, international agencies and academia. While most of the applications were in the agriculture and rural development sector, many entries addressed issues around climate change and energy, the conservation of biodiversity, and waste management. The selection of the winners was by an independent International Jury of experts.

The winners from Ghana are truly inspiring. The other winners are:

Zaare: Welcome

“Zaare” means “welcome” in the Frafra language of Bolgatanga where G-lish Foundation is located. This is the Upper East Region of Ghana, Ghana’s northern-most region. “Teppohzoe” means “we thank you”–for visiting our new site dedicated fully to G-lish Foundation.

Here you will find information about the organisation, contact details, background, history, updates, stories, products and a lot more.

You will find links to join us on Facebook and Twitter too.

Join G-lish Foundation’s page on Facebook for a chance to win one of G-lish’s gorgeous recycled Bolga baskets.

Follow G-lish Foundation on Twitter for updates.