Ghana's remaining Save The Frogs Day events will be cancelled unless we raise $3,000 in the next 36 hours
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has no money left in their bank account and will be forced to cancel major Save The Frogs Day events unless we can raise $3,000 in the next 24 hours. These events are absolutely crucial to our efforts to create the Atewa Hills National Park, for the permanent protection of the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog, as well as 700+ butterfly species that live there.
We have come too far and put too much effort into building this worldwide movement to fail on the eve of the most important day in our history. It is simply not possible for myself and my employees and volunteers to be paying for these events out of our own pocket, as we have done on and off for years when funds dry up. Our friends at SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana live in a country that has been exploited for centuries, as the primary trading post of slaves bound for the USA and Caribbean. These people have little access to clean water; their rainforests are virtually gone, most of their wildlife has been eaten by hungry people. They depend on our support to fund their environmental efforts. They are so dedicated, yet they are financially dependent on us at this juncture.
We have done so much in Ghana on such a small budget, and right now we need your support more than ever. Tomorrow is our 5th birthday. We have well over 160 known Save The Frogs Day events planned in at least 27 countries. But Ghana's events will not be able to take place unless we raise $3,000 in the next 24 hours. Raising funds for the frogs has never been easy. These email newsletters are our primary method of raising money; unfortunately even though my newsletter yesterday went out to 30,000 people, we only raised $420 from 7 total donors. That is not enough to fund a worldwide movement to stop the largest mass extinction in the past 65 million years.
Your donation today will help us create the Atewa hills National Park, home of the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog
This weekend's Save The Frogs Day events are intended to raise support for the permanent protection of the Atewa Range Forest Reserve, which is Ghana's most biodiverse -- and most threatened -- wilderness area. There is wide consensus among scientists and NGO's that the reserve should be protected as Ghana's 6th national park: the Atewa Hills National Park. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has been working with domestic and international organizations to make the Atewa Hills National Park a reality. Located near Kibi, halfway between Accra and Kumasi, the Atewa Range Forest Reserve is home to the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi). Numerous other amphibian species as well as a diverse non-amphibious flora and fauna live in the reserve. The frogs are threatened by illegal logging, people eating them, and now the threat of mountaintop removal mining for bauxite (aluminum).
Your donation will help us prevent the extinction of the Togo Slippery Frog
The critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog is known to live on only two streams in the world, both in Atewa Forest Range Reserve, the site of the Save The Frogs Day events we plan to hold this weekend. The frogs are threatened by proposed mountaintop removal mining that would clog their streams, and by poachers from nearby villages who eat the frogs. The Togo Slippery Frog is unlikely to survive without a concerted effort on our part and yours to protect the Reserve as Ghana's 6th national park (Atewa Hills National Park), and to educate the locals and train them to grow alternative food sources and earn money through innovative means such as beekeeping and mushroom farming. The Togo Slippery Frog is highly aquatic, seldom venturing far from water. They are amazing swimmers, and will dart underwater at the first sign of danger. Please donate and let's save this amazing frog from extinction!
Save The Frogs Day events in Chiana, Northern Ghana a major success
In order to bring further awareness to the devastating impacts of over-harvesting of frogs in northern Ghana, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana held its first Save The Frogs Day event in Chiana last week! The event took place all day and included educational lectures about amphibian ecology and conservation, a play about amphibian conservation by the Youth Drama Club, drumming for the frogs, and 200 people marched around the town to celebrate frogs and to bring awareness toward their conservation.
SAVE THE FROGS! Academy:
Training Future Frog Biologists in Ghana
SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starke led a workshop on amphibian monitoring protocols and research design at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) on April 25th. KNUST is home of the world's first SAVE THE FROGS! university chapter. Based at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana, their mission is to protect the campus’ twelve amphibian species and to support the nationwide efforts of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana. KNUST is bound to produce some excellent amphibian biologists! Thanks to our donors for making classes like this possible.
University For Development Studies forms Ghana's third student chapter of SAVE THE FROGS!
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has a dedicated network of students working to promote amphibian conservation efforts around the country. We already have student chapters at KNUST and UCAES universities. We are very excited to announce the foundation of a new student chapter at the University For Development Studies in Tamale! Located in northern Ghana. These students’ main priority will be to address the issue of over-harvesting of frogs for food and bait and to educate local communities about the importance of amphibians. Learn how you can start a chapter at YOUR school: http://savethefrogs.com/chapters
Please read this email I received from Michael Starkey yesterday regarding the situation in Ghana
Note from Kerry: Nobody at SAVE THE FROGS! has a business degree, we are just biologists who care enough about wildlife to dedicate our lives to protecting frogs.
So the budget for my time in Ghana does not look good. Long story short, the $3,000 you sent Gilbert will be used up within the week and the other planned programs will have to be cancelled or seriously altered if they are to continue. There is no more money in the STF Ghana bank account.
Long story: Gilbert spent way too much on the programs in the North and for Kumasi because he assumed the grant money he recently won would have arrived by now. It turns out that he has not been paying himself a salary and is merely paying for his expenses. So the 3k you sent will be used up shortly. I let him know how serious of a problem this is and we are both working our best to solve the problem. It is frustrating as I feel he made me feel that that money was good when I arrived to Ghana. Regardless, after STF day we are creating a budget for the organization which I will send to you. However, first we need to budget the rest of this trip.
I think that 1000-1500 US would allow us to continue with an STF Day at Atewa and continue with our other scheduled programs. However, it will not be what Gilbert had previously scheduled (refreshments, sound system, a drama and other misc costs that could be removed). It will be a small event for Atewa and will cover the costs of travel to meet with the king and other NGOs. Gilbert would also be able to pay himself and Sandra. I am currently paying for my own expenses now.
If we do not receive money, then much of the Atewa work with have to be forfeit and travel plans will mostly be centered around Kumasi.
Tomorrow I am taking the day off because I am stressing out big time and I have not had a full day off since I arrived in Ghana. I am having a problem internalizing these issues and I think I just need to get into nature for a bit... I apologize for this inconvenience. Gilbert will be working in case you want to talk to him. I agree, the 3 of us should talk. I will be back tomorrow evening, but I am not sure what time. If you need me to work tomorrow, please tell me. I feel irresponsible taking the day off, but it is the only day that I could take off before we start other programs. Ok, sorry for the novel. I will probably be on for another 3 hours. Thank you for your assistance with this issue.
Read my reply to Michael Starkey
"Hi Michael. Take the day off. Tomorrow I will send a donation request to our mailing list. Pay for your expenses but keep receipts and you will be reimbursed. Nurul also is spending out of his salary. Victor Luja as well. I've done plenty of the same and never taken a raise. I'm sick of it really. On top of that we lose good employees due to inability to pay them, and we can't fund projects for which we have capable people. When you return we will discuss what type of activities should be cut. Thanks. Kerry"
Phlyctimantis boulengeri, Ankasa National Park, Ghana
Let's not miss this opportunity to save Africa's frogs and improve the quality of life for Africa's people:
Please Donate Today!
We've worked too hard to fail on the most important day in the history of amphibian conservation. Please donate today and help us reach our $3,000 goal, so that we can protect ghana's frogs and secure a healthy future for ghana's people, whose livelihoods depend on having intact wilderness and ecosystems, the source of all clean water. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Donate $50 or higher and we will list your name on the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana webpage's Thank you section (unless you request anonymity). Thank you for helping us secure the future of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, a model of amphibian conservation for all of Africa!
This Hyperolius concolor was living at the base of the Atewa Hills.
Thanks for donating and making Ghana's Save The Frogs Day events a reality!
Happy Save The Frogs Day from all of our supporters in Ghana!
These kids deserve a world with frogs
Please donate to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana today and we'll make sure that world exists!
Thanks for donating and powering Africa's environmental revolution!
Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues.
Kerry Kriger, Ph.D. - SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founder, Board Member & Ecologist
Gilbert Adum, Ms.C. - SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum and Togo Slippery Frog art.