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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana

Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
I am Gilbert Adum, Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, the first international branch of USA-based SAVE THE FROGS!, and West Africa’s first and only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting amphibians. I am asking your support tohelp us raise funds for an office here in Ghana from which we can truly SAVE THE FROGS!. Time is running out as we have been asked by the local university to move our makeshift office out to give way for the room to be turned into a classroom. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has found a space of our own and now we need to buy office tables and chairs, fans, safes, curtains, and internet access. We are less than $660 away from our goal thanks to the generous support of over 45 donors. Please help us establish a SAVE THE FROGS! office here in one of the world's poorest and most exploited regions! Your donation will enable us to protect amphibians and rainforests, and educate and inspire the next generation of Africans so they can be better stewards of our rich biological diversity. 

Place your tax-deductible donation before Monday night at: 
www.savethefrogs.com/ghana-donate

Since I co-founded SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana with Dr. Kerry Kriger in 2011, I have worked hard to promote amphibian conservation crucial to protecting Ghana’s vanishing frogs. When the critically endangered Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua) went missing, for four years I could not rest. Thanks to my efforts; I led several young people over the four year period until we recently found the Squeaker Frogs. Less than 14 individuals of the Giant Squeaker Frog are known to survive. Thus, we needed to do more to save it especially given that its habitat is threatened by a non-native invasive weed and illegal farming activities. We removed the invasive weed, cleared illegal farmers’ crops and replanted native tree seedlings to create healthy habitat for the frogs. My efforts have also increased the number of Ghanaian amphibian biologists nine-fold, from 2 to 18. This includes four female amphibian biologists, perhaps the first in all of West Africa. Two of these females and another young man are pursuing postgraduate studies on amphibians. I have coordinated Ghana's Save The Frogs Day efforts, organized awareness rallies against frog leg consumption and rainforest destruction, started several university chapters of SAVE THE FROGS!, and met with numerous politicians to educate them about the importance of frogs and ways to protect our fragile environment.

But despite these efforts I have gone without salary for the past three months due to lack of funds. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Program Coordinator Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi has similarly gone without salary despite her hard work, which was recently featured in a major national magazine. She is being sought after by many organizations to work for them. But with your donations I can keep her and myself to continue the good work we are doing to SAVE THE FROGS!. We do not receive government support for our work, so we rely on the generosity of educated people like you to make our efforts possible. Ghana’s economy is in shambles. I have a family and can only devote my full-time efforts to saving frogs if I receive a salary. This is only possible with your financial support, otherwise we will be forced to stop saving Ghana’s vanishing frogs. Please donate now as the fundraising ends Monday night. You will be helping us establish our first office and receive the salaries we rely on to enable us to dedicate our lives to this endeavor. Thank you! 
www.savethefrogs.com/ghana-donate

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New Video: Restoring Habitat for Critically Endangered Giant Squeaker Frogs in western Ghana

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana staff and volunteers have been restoring habitat for critically endangered Giant Squeaker Frogs. Less than 14 of these frogs are known to exist! Watch our new video here:
http://youtu.be/S7nOlhiSafE


Thanks to the support of The Rufford FoundationStiftung Artenshutz/Verband Deutscher Zoodirektoren and SAVE THE FROGS! supporters for making these efforts possible!

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SAVE THE FROGS! GHANA talks on TV about the threats to the Atewa Forest

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum and Jacqueline Kumadoh of A Rocha Ghana were featured live on Ghana’s TV3 New Day about the need to protect the Atewa Forest from mining. Gilbert and Jacqueline are representing the Coalition of NGOs Against Mining in Atewa (CONAMA). The TV program one way CONAMA members are pressuring the Ghanaian government to rescind its decision to allow mining in the Atewa Forest. Among other issues, Gilbert and Jacqueline highlighted the importance of the Atewa Forest for the preservation of the headwaters of the Densu, Ayensu and Birim rivers that supply water to more than one fifth of Ghana’s population. Unfortunately, Ghana’s water bodies have become recent targets for mining activities leading to their pollution with cyanide and mercury. The forest is home to the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi).


The SAVE THE FROGS! UCAES Chapter has been working hard to protect the Atewa Forest, Ghana's most biologically diverse - and threatened - region.

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Watch this video all about SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and Ecologist Michael Starkey recorded this SAVE THE FROGS! Academy class all about Ghana's amphibians, the threats they face, and what SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is doing to protect West Africa's amphibians.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8qgRMCg5cE

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Thank you for supporting SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana 

Please donate now and help fuel Africa's environmental revolution. Your donation is tax-deductible, secure and will be used for the betterment of Africa's wildlife and people. We will list the names of all donors on the wall of our new office here in Kumasi, Ghana. This fundraiser ends the night of Monday September 1st, so please hurry. Thank you!

Gilbert Adum, MSc
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founder, Executive Director, Ecologist
www.savethefrogs.com/gilbert-adum
gilbert@savethefrogs.com
Kumasi, Ghana



 


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