SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Making Huge Progress
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
In September 2011 I traveled to Ghana, West Africa with a goal of starting SAVE THE FROGS! programs in one of the world's poorest and most environmentally destroyed regions. There were only two amphibian biologists in Ghana then, and virtually no environmental education programs. Together with Ghanaian biologist Gilbert Adum, I co-founded SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, the first independent branch of SAVE THE FROGS!. The group now has five university chapters spread across the country and has educated over 8,000 Ghanaians about frog conservation. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has active programs to reduce the frog meat trade in the north, to protect the biodiverse Atewa Hills from mountain-top removal mining, and to restore habitat for the critically endangered Krokosua Squeaker Frogs and Togo Slippery Frogs. Over the next few weeks we will be telling you a lot about our recent successes in Ghana, and our upcoming projects. Your donations makes have made our successes in Ghana possible and we thank you for all your support!
Help SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana move into its very first office!
To date our SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana volunteers and staff there have never had an office. Instead of the nice working conditions you are likely used to, they have had to work in loud, crowded internet cafes and university computer labs. Right now we need your financial assistance to help SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana move into its very first office, which will be located in Kumasi, Ghana next to KNUST, the country's leading science university. The rent on the office is a mere $75/month, but we need to raise $2,000 to purchase tables and chairs, curtains, a telephone system, a refrigerator, cabinets, a printer and an air conditioning unit (Ghana is hot!). We have already signed a two-year lease beginning December 1st, but cannot move in without your generous assistance.
Please help us raise $2,000 so SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana can move into its first ever office space! Place your tax-deductible donation at:
We will keep a donation tally atop www.savethefrogs.com/ghana and update it twice daily until we reach our total. All donations we receive through 11:59pm PST Monday December 2nd will automatically be directed towards Ghana. At any point after that, please donate and then simply email firstname.lastname@example.org asking us to direct your donation to our Ghana efforts. Thank you!
Amphibian Conservation Workshop in Atewa a huge success
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana held a multi-day Amphibian Conservation Workshop at the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies (UCAES) in Bonsu, where we have a university chapter dedicated to protecting the Atewa Hills, home of the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi). The purpose of the workshop was to build the capacity of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's members and other ecologists in the protection of Ghana's vanishing amphibians. The three-day training workshop dealt with conservation strategies for the Togo Slippery Frog and the critically endangered Krokosua Squeaker Frog (Arthrlopetis krokosua); establishing and running a SAVE THE FROGS! Chapter, and how to organize Save The Frogs Day events. Through PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, demonstrations and documentaries, we introduced the participants to various ways to engage their peers and community members in the protection of amphibians. On the third day of the workshop, some participants visited the home of the Togo Slippery Frog at the Atewa Hills to assess for themselves the plight of the endangered frog. They also assisted in setting up a junior chapters of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana at local schools in Kwabeng and Kibi. The workshop was led by SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum, Programmes Coordinator Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi and Dr. Peter O. Sanful (Dean of Programmes at UCAES). We are grateful to Stiftung Artenschutz, British Ecological Society, The Rufford Small Grants, and all SAVE THE FROGS! donors for providing the funding and logistics to run this workshop.
Conference to protect the Atewa Hills held in Accra, the capital
On November 18th and 19th 2013, the Coalition of NGOs against the Mining of Atewa (CONAMA) held an international conference in Accra, Ghana. The conference was on the theme "Atewa Forest, a Heritage at a Crossroad. What Future?". SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is an active member of the coalition and this summit aimed at ensuring the unprotected Atewa Forest is turned into the Atewa Hills National Park. There were petition signings to seek the government's commitment towards banning the mining of this biodiverse area. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana ran an informational table to showcase our good works done so far to promote the cause of Atewa. The group CONAMA is made up of nine local NGOs: SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, A Rocha Ghana, Forest Watch Ghana, WACAM, Centre for Environmental Impact Analysis, IWWA, Conservation Alliance, HERP Ghana, Rainforest Friends Ghana and RAFFS/G. The conference was open to all interested groups and individuals from both Ghana and overseas. Learn about our Atewa efforts at:
Save The Frogs Day Event Report From Atewa
On July 12th, 2013 over 500 participants (the majority being students and their teachers) celebrated Save The Frogs Day at the Kibi Senior High School in Atewa, home to the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi). The celebration was on the theme “Saving The Atewa Forest and the Togo Slippery Frog”. Representatives from SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana and our UCAES Chapter gave presentations on the need to protect the Togo Slippery Frog and the entire Atewa biodiversity from mining. Thanks to all our donors whose financial support made these Atewa events possible!
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Wins $3,000 Award from the British Ecological Society
Congratulations to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum and his team for winning £2,000 ($3,000) from the British Ecological Society. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana UCAES Chapter members and other Ghanaian ecologists will use these funds to assist in the conservation of the Critically Endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi) and other frogs at the Atewa Forest. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is already using the funds to organize field courses and workshops on the ecology, survey and monitoring techniques of the frogs and also train ecologists in effective communication skills for targeted local audiences. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has also begun establishing junior chapters in local schools, and educating the school children to help ensure they respect and appreciate their natural heritage.
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Thanks for helping SAVE GHANA'S FROGS!
We appreciate your donation to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana and all the other ways you enable SAVE THE FROGS! to make the world a better place for frogs and for humans.
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
On September 9th, 2011 I taught these students about frogs at the Kpetoe Middle School, east of Ho in the Volta Region near the Togo border.