SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana officially launched
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
There are few countries in the world whose people and wildlife are so desperately in need of assistance as Ghana, so I am extremely excited to announce that we have officially launched SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, the first international branch of SAVE THE FROGS!. Based in Kumasi, Ghana, and led by amphibian biologist Gilbert Adum, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is West Africa's first nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation. It is also what I envision to be the first of many independent SAVE THE FROGS! branches focused on protecting amphibian populations in their home countries; given appropriate funding I would like one new international branch set up each year.
I spent the month of September in Ghana giving presentations, training Gilbert, photographing and learning about Ghana's amazing amphibians, and overall devising a plan to spread the SAVE THE FROGS! message through Ghana and outward across all of Africa. The people of Ghana were the most enthusiastic SAVE THE FROGS! supporters I have ever come across, and there are few projects I have ever embarked upon that have such clear value for both people and wildlife. Gilbert is working full-time building SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana; we have an active chapter at the country's top science university; and we are already forming partnerships with Ghana's other environmental organizations. Please have a look at SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's website:
This is what we will accomplish in Ghana, with your support
Here is our 8-point plan for saving Ghana's frogs:
(1) Inspire youth and students to pursue environmental careers.
(2) Create a new National Park at Atewa Hills.
(3) Reduce the consumption of frog legs.
(4) Educate mining, logging and cocoa companies and see that legislation is enforced.
(5) Institute an Endangered Species Act for Ghana.
(6) Hold annual Save The Frogs Day events.
(7) Reduce pesticide use surrounding critical frog habitat.
(8) Create electronic resources such that savethefrogs.com/ghana is the primary source of amphibious information throughout West Africa, and use communications technology to build a large movement of people interested in protecting amphibians.
Learn more at savethefrogs.com/ghana#plan
Financing SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana
We have the plan, the vision, and the potential to save Ghana's frogs -- all we need is the money. Ghana is a poor country though and grants take many months to get disbursed; that means funding SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's first year is up to you and me. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's entire budget for its first year is only $14,500 -- a fraction of what a similar organization in the developed world would cost to run. But we have none of this and need to raise all this money as soon as possible, so we appreciate and rely on your support.
The difference between success and failure in saving Ghana's frogs will come down to how much support the outside world provides. Thanks in advance for your generous tax-deductible donation!!! If you have questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos of Frogs & Toads from Ghana
I found & photographed 18 species of frogs & toads while in Ghana. I've added my favorite photos of each species to our brand new Frogs & Toads of Ghana webpage. Go have a look!
Ghanaian Frog Art by Kwaku Boakye
Kwaku Boakye is a young artist in Kumasi who recently graduated from the Kwame Nkkrumah University of Science & Technology's Faculty of Art. He makes really amazing African art on cloth/acrylic. I suggested he attempt some frog art; the pictures below are of the first round he came up with. I have commissioned him to draw 30 Ghanaian frog images, which we will sell or auction off to raise funds for SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana. Every piece is 100% unique, with no reprints in existence. These are extremely limited, so I suggest you order yours today. Thanks!!
SAVE THE FROGS' First Official University Chapter
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's KNUST Chapter is the world's first official student chapter of SAVE THE FROGS!. Based at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana, the chapter's mission is to protect the campus' twelve amphibian species and to support the nationwide efforts of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana. The chapter's inaugural meeting was held September 29th, 2011, and I gave a presentation on frog conservation to the 85 undergraduates who attended. Do you think there should be a SAVE THE FROGS! chapter at your school or unversity? I do too. All we need is a dedicated, motivated student like yourself to take charge and get one going.
Me with the KNUST Chapter's Executive Committee.
Meet Gilbert Adum: Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana
The son of a cattle herder, Gilbert Adum was raised in the rural northeast of Ghana in a village with no electricity. As a youth, Gilbert would spend the dry season hunting animals to feed himself and his family, traveling as far as 100km per day by foot, wearing sandals made of rubber taken from used car tires. From these humble beginnings, Gilbert has become not only one of Ghana's two amphibian biologists, but indeed Africa's greatest hope for amphibian conservation.
After spending the last three weeks with Gilbert, I am 100% certain that he has the passion, dedication, knowledge, and vision to spread the SAVE THE FROGS! movement outward from Kumasi, across Ghana, and all the way across the African continent. Please send congratulations and best wishes to Gilbert at email@example.com and learn more about his amphibious background at:
Scenes from Ghana
Thanks for helping us SAVE GHANA'S FROGS!
Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues, and stay tuned for much much more on our successes in Ghana.
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist