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National Health Insurance cards issued to 36 youths in Nongre Foundation

Nongrefoundation in partnership with students from MaartensCollege(Holland) registered and renewed thirty-six(36) youths of Poloko-gambibgo community under the National Health Insurance Scheme.

National Health Insurance cards issued to 36 youths in Nongre Foundation

Nongrefoundation in partnership with students from MaartensCollege(Holland) registered and renewed thirty-six(36) youths of Poloko-gambibgo community under the National Health Insurance Scheme #WESTANDFORCHANGE#

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National Health Insurance cards issued to 36 youths in Nongre Foundation

Nongrefoundation in partnership with students from MaartensCollege(Holland) registered and renewed thirty-six(36) youths of Poloko-gambibgo community under the National Health Insurance Scheme….. #WESTANDFORCHANGE#

WE STAND FOR RESPONSIBLE, ETHICAL AND FAIR TRAVEL. WE SUPPORT FAIR TRAVEL CONCEPT, CRUCIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL AFRICA

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Testimonials From Visitors

Written 5 July 2017, by Professor Bill Edward.

I am a supporter of the Nongre Crafts and Culture Foundation. My support predates the founding of Nongre. In May 2005 I first met Adombila Adugbire when I stopped in Bolgatanga on the way from Burkina Faso returning to the south. We continued to communicate. I even did some basket selling here in my hometown of Columbus, Georgia, USA.

    In 2016 I became aware of the Nongre foundation, a Ghanaian NGO. We explored the possibility of my taking a more formal role. I had made modest donations supporting Adombila’s good work with his community, particularly the basket makers. It was at that time that I asked about whether Nongre had secured IRS tax exemption status for its US donors. Since the answer was no, I forwarded some research about how that is and has been done by Ghanaian NGOs. I declined to take a formal role until I had an opportunity to observe their work in Bolgatanga.
    April 7-9, 2017, I , along with my good friend Isaac Holonu Adorboi from Accra, visited Nongre. The hospitality was wonderful. We stayed in a modern and comfortable guest house. We were shown the work they were doing with local children teaching traditional music and dance. That was definitely our favorite activity. Martin Musah and Adombila took us to meet with three different groups of basket makers, a community that produces shea butter, and to see a school which Nongre has committed to help build a needed expansion. On these tours, I was particularly impressed that Martin and Adombila did much more listening to the members of these communities than talking.
    Martin and Adombila also made arrangements to rent a small bus to take the music and dance children to four or five tourist sites in northeast Ghana. I was happy to support part of the expense of that tour. Perhaps the highlight of the tour was when the children did a dance performance at the Sirigu Women’s Organisation for Pottery and Art. The children were inspiring all day.
    What is my assessment of Nongre Crafts and Culture Foundation? The staff of the foundation are honest, caring, and dedicated people. They enjoy the support of their local chief and many friends. They have a vision of helping the less fortunate. They are generous people and fugal with their resources. My only concern is that they may under take too many projects. I am going to continue my support, and I encourage others to do so.
    I have another concern: It is about the Bolgatanga basket makers. They are clearly being exploited by the so called “fair trade” companies. I am assuming you know about these unique and beautiful baskets. Each basket is hand crafted and unique. They are durable and beautiful. Their material costs for elephant grass, dyes, and leather represents a significant percentage of what they receive from the dealers who buy the baskets. The hours taken to prepare the grass, dye the grass, and then weave the baskets appears to means that skilled basket makers make less than 25 cents American per hour. Apparently, the only reason they continue making baskets is because these women have almost no other means to earn money. The Nongre foundation is dedicated to providing the basket makers a greater return for their work.
    Another point should be made about the economy of these communities. Globalization means that the cost of building and manufactured products is the same world wide. Labor cost can certainly be much cheaper in developing countries such as Ghana. Increasingly professional and skill labor need and expect better income in order to sustain their modest living expenses. The notion supported by some charities that you can support a child for cents a day creates an illusion of what families need in order to live a poor, but decent, life style. To do their good work Nongre and other local NGOs need steady and significant financial support.
    I am pleased to endorse Nongre Crafts and Culture Foundation, Bill Edwards (whe1946@gmail.com), retired communication professor, Columbus, Georgia, USA
 

Meet The Team

Adombila Adugbire // Founder, Live in Ghana

Adombila is the co-founder of this foundation. He is a native of Bolgatanga in the upper east region of Ghana. Adombila has worked as a professional tour guide in Ghana for many years, and he is specialized in arranging and offering excellent, educational and informative guidance to tourists. He is a very experienced guide and has a profound knowledge about the history of his region as well as the places of interest for visitors.

Based on these qualities, he is recommended in international travel guidebooks, notably, ”Bradt guide and lonely planet” as a reliable guide to assist in arranging your tour in the country. Adombila currently live and work in Bolgatanga with his family. He dedicates his free time from his normal day’s work in order to work for the foundation.

 

Jessey Abilba // Founder, Live in Sweden

Jessey is the co-founder of this foundation. He is a native of Bolgatanga in the upper east region of Ghana. He is currently residing, working and studying in Sweden with his family. Jessey is also in his second year studying social entrepreneurship at Glokala Folkhögskolan in Malmö. Prior to immigrating to Scandinavia, Jessey has worked as a professional travel guide and a drummer in Ghana for many years, which he has offered friendly guidance to individual travelers and other reputable travel organizations and institutions around the world.

He has experience in organizational skills and working with youth network groups. These experiences, which he acquired through many years of participating in different cultural activities with youth network groups, cultural institutions, charitable organizations and social business organizations, including fair trade in Denmark and Sweden, where he taught and held music workshops and performed for kids and at the same time disseminating information about tourism and culture in Ghana. He is in charge of coordinating and promoting the foundation’s efforts in the EU.

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Martin Rasheed Musah // Director and Board Member, Live in Ghana

Musah Rasheed Martin began his involvement with Nongre Foundation through unifying decision to merge in a common vision toward bringing about sustainable livelihood and development to the poor yet deprived baskets weaving communities in our region of origin.
A former diploma student in Media studies and journalism at Trans Africa University College in 2008. Prior to his enrollment in college, he worked as D.C.E (Radio Presenter) at U.R.A Radio of the Ghana broadcasting co-operation-Bolgatanga (in 2007). Coupled with his attachment as a Radio Presenter, he was a Pupil-Teacher at AGUUSI PRIMARY SCHOOL located in Sumbrungu a basket weaving community located West of the Bolgatanga municipality (2007-2008).
With an intrinsic passion for social development as well as a strong advocate for youth and women empowerment, Musah Rasheed Martin has been involved in a number of community base projects, including a formal founding member of True Generation OF African Link between 2006-2010.He founded Empowerment For Women And Youth Initiative-Ghana a grass=root organization based in basically two communities within the Bolgatanga municipality of the Upper East Region.
Martin is passionate about bringing sustainable livelihood and development to women, youth and children in weaving communities and believes working with Nongre is a stepping stone to achieving this vision.

 

Zubaida Simi Zang // Board Member, Live in Canada, Advancing women, youth, and children’s lives in these communities ** (bio)

Zubaida Simi Zang began her involvement with NONGRE in 2017, when she learned more about their causes and programs for empowering children, youth and women alike . She worked closely with artisans from the community on her company’s design projects, then also joined as an ambassador, and is now on NONGRE’s Board of Directors.

She graduated from George Brown College in 2016 from Industrial Power Sewing and Apparel Manufacturing, and is currently a self-employed social entrepreneur in Toronto, Canada. Having received a government impact investment grant, Zubaida intends to build a brand that is able to bring about social impact in communities with so much wealth in arts and culture. She also holds certificates in community service, customer service, business and grant writing. Zubaida is passionate about advancing women, youth, and children’s in these communities and believes working with Nongre is a stepping stone to achieving this in this particular community.
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