Agro-ecology and Culture in Ghana
Field Trip! 2015. Follow-up Ecological Agricultural and Cultural Visit to Ghana
We are excited about adding Solar Cooking to our next visit to Ghana. We have had two demonstrations in Harlem on solar cooking, and Solar Cookers Internationals came to the Carrie McCracken garden on September 27th and gave us a demonstration. We bought a portable Cookit and on October 2th we hosted our own Solar cooking demonstrations.
Background Information/Project Director/Linda Fletcher
In 2000, I returned to my passion which is Anthropology and Ecology. I went to Belize, Central America, and became a volunteer for Belize River Valley Development; a grass-roots Diaspora environmental project. I started an environmental website that focused on Africans in the Diaspora to promote ecological concerns, planting of Mahogany trees, and maintaining of the Howler monkey's habitat. The website was a resource for communicating and understanding the sustainable development movement that is gradually taking hold, and to get people of African descent involved in ecology, the environment, self sufficiency, and community sustainability.
In 2006 I became a member of the Ghana Nkwanta Project which was started by Adunni O. Tabasi in 2004 in New York City. Elder Adunni was an Africa visionary. She was the founder of the Ghana Nkwanta Project - creating a bridge for the African Diaspora to connect to their roots and to become involved in the development of Africa.
I and others are continuing her work in Ghana. Our mission is to continue to built relationships thru concrete intiatives and projects, building sustainable villages in the Nkwanta "˜Upper Volta' region of Ghana by promoting practical activities for sustainable eco farming using best practices, and knowledge sharing with a deep respect for traditional knowledge, and the environment.
This fundraiser is for 2014 field trip; to document the progress of the Permaculture - sustainable agricultural home gardens in the Adele traditional area of Ghana. To learn in order to facilitate what is needed to expand on the existing organic home garden projects which were started in 2009.
To strengthen existing Permaculture projects and development of environmental governance in Adele traditional communities in Nkwanta, Ghana 'Upper Volta' region that is facilitated by the Adele Women's Association.
The site visit will follow up on 2012 Ghana visit and start some new initiatives, such as spend a couple of weeks in Nkwanta area to document possible sites for the promotion of cultural and ecological tourism in the area. To focus on educating the Diaspora to the beauty of Africa and its wildlife, craft villages, sacred sites, and progressive projects. To expand on sustainable agriculture and conservation techniques (agricultural extensive services) in Nkwanta area.
* Africans from the Diaspora that have repatriated, documenting their stories.
*Visit and document sustainable projects.
*Document indigenous plant knowledge, dance and drumming
*Take two week Permaculture Design Course, with Permaculture Network in Techman, Ghana (72 hour intensive was taken in 2012)
*Create Youtube clips of field trip.
If you are uncomfortable making a donation online, you can send donation to Linda Fletcher, P.O.Box 6283, Bronx, NY, 10451
Thanks so much,
Youtube Clips below April - 2012 trip to Ghana!
Africa is my home link below interviews with repatriates
Permacuture Design Course-April - 2012
Trashy Bags - recycling project in Ghana
Permaculture Design Course (part 2)
Dancing and Drumming in Nkwanta 'Upper Volta Region'
On the Ground in Ghana
You can emaIl me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adjoa Linda Fletcher
Check out the above link. Excited about new project to the project. Sustainable Dialogue is Sustainable Development!
Sustainable Dialogue is part of sustainable development. People development and growing together by means of mutual respect and dialogue and using Socratic dialogue promotes respect and meaningful communication. We have incorporated the Socratic Method as skills development in our Sustainable Community Development projects.
I have been exploring other avenues for getting funds for next trip to Ghana.
It is not easy getting funding for the project, we have envisioned. Africa is still seen in a negative light by many people, including the African Diaspora. This is why building bridges is so important. It is about our identity. In order to embrace our African heritage connecting to the African continent by way of viable projects is crucial.
Below please check out links in regards to new projects.
When Elder Adunni Oshupa Tabasi named the Ghana Nkwanta Project. She meant just that, Projects, to project, to build a future between the African Diaspora and the continent.
There has been many new developments since the last posting for Gofundme.
The link to the article below spells it out so well. Why we need to connect to the African continent with viable projects, such as-cultural exchange, economic projects and sustainable development. This is the work that we are doing, at home and abroad the African continent. Go to YouTube channel Belrivers, and see videos from 2012 trip to Ghana. Working on next trip. Get out of the box, our identity is more than a reaction to those that systematically want to keep us as an under class; divided individually, and living reactionary lives, and forever bent on being accepted in someone else's civil society. Build and respect your own.
Excited about learning more about the Ogiek of Kenya and beekeeping.
The Ogiek Indigenous People of Kenya are a very unique ethnic group. They have struggled for centuries. But still they persist. They persist and sustain in spite of colonialism, forest evictions, etc.
Below is link to Harlem Solar Cookers, Chefs and Artist. We are in the process of buying a solar cooker that can be used in temperate zones such as New York City. The simple cardboard box type does not work well in New York City. The weather in NYC in 2014 was too unpredictable for having a solar cooking demonstration. The solar cooker that we have will work well in Africa. It can also purify water.
Socrates Café Comes to Harlem!
This event will take place in June of 2015 at Harlem Besame. Healthy dialogue is crucial for healthy community building. An important part of community life, community development is respect, and building open societies. We hear the word Democracy used loosely, let us practice real democracy.
Tai Chi Qi Kong practicing group in Harlem.
8 million people a day, practice Tai Chi/Qi kong every day in China. I am so glad that I have gotten back into doing Qikong. I love it. It is a form of alternative medicine and people being responsible for their own well being. This is empowerment.
Rural Development & Ecofarming.
Mr. Jerome Johnson has been doing solar energy and solar cookers demonstrations and work since the 70s, when the US was having an energy crises. He has been consistent for decades in his work in renewable energy. I have met with him at his house in Brooklyn, the demonstration site. Mr. Johnson is a wealth of information and valuable know how. All has life he has worked to create inventions to make life better for others. The sad fact is that he is facing possible eviction from his solar demonstration house. You can google online and find out more about Mr. Jerome Johnson and type in solar energy Brooklyn and you should find him.
We talked with him on Tuesday night at a conference call. We still need support in how to support Mr. Johnson. He is 85 years old, and like many other seniors in NYC they are having difficulties keeping their homes. In Mr. Johnson's case it is his home and his work. Any ideas or help in this regard will be appreciated.
Things are looking up towards making the trip to Ghana a reality, recently got connected with a source that wants to help us to make this a reality, not only for this year, but also for years to come.