about

My friend Lizzy sells Koko porridge at the roadside in Bolgatanga, Ghana
every morning. She is a single mother supporting her young daughter
Agnes (3 years). She wakes up at 3 am every morning to prepare one drum
full of Koko, and when it is empty, goes to the market to buy millet,
groundnuts, ingredients and firewood for the next day of sales. Lizzy
saves her profit for each day in her bank account. The deposits per day
vary between 0.40 and 0.60 CAN. School children are the biggest
customers, and they spend an average of 0.17 CAN on their morning meal.
One day she is determined that her daughter will be among them.

The economic and social rights that entitle Lizzy and her daughter to wider horizons should be fulfilled. Engineers have a role to play. We can create positive social change by choosing to get involved in international issues.

7 responses to “about

  1. Gerald Namachapa

    I like the way you write. You should post the articles often though.

  2. Kwami Adanu

    Hey Sarah,
    Congrats for the great contribution you are making to improve life in Ghana. Your effort is receiving good attention around the world and I am sure you are having fun too. I actually graduated from the MA (economics) program at U. of Waterloo too in 2000.
    All the best

  3. Hey, Sarah

    we were thinking of you today and wondered how your getting on. I absolutely love your photo’s, my artistinside was licking my brush’s seeing those beautiful landscape shots. I love the Bike, makes me want to be on the back with you running threw the country side. We’re fine despite Uwe having some pain in his left hip, and loss of vision. I am glad to be back painting steady again after the Christmas whoha. working on a “nest” series right now.

    Thoughts of how easy and sheltered our lives our looking at the village. but they do look happy.

    When we look at our Buddha paintings we think of you. Sooo Compassionate.

    take good care of yourself. We miss you BIG.

    LOVE
    Elaine, Uwe Garrit and Rocky

  4. La Awala Serah?!
    It was so interesting and nice to run into your web page today. Thankyou! I was on the web looking for more information about the flood and food situation when I ran into your web site. I really enjoyed reading your words and connecting with the people through your photoes. Such a gift the beatiful spirits of Tongo are.
    I left my home in Tennesse to go to Ghana on Christmas day of 2007 which is the day of your first post. I stayed at a place called the Tongo Oasis about 6 kilometers outside Tongo Market from Jan through March 2007.
    I was planing on staying one week to visit a friend of my sisters, and ended up staying for 2 months because I fell in Love with the people and the stones. To contribute while I was there I designed and helped build a composting toilet at the Tongo Oasis, which is a culturally afirming resturant and eco hostel still in the process of being built. I also worked with Thompson, fire chief of Tongo building stone foundations in Tunzug to protect angainst flood damage to walls.
    Anyhew, my friend just let me know what had happend in Tongo in the months since I left. I have put together a Music slide show of my experiences in Ghana and also in Burkina Faso where I spent 3 months playing music following my time in Tongo.
    I am planning on using the slide show to raise awarness of Tongo and funds for families in the area.
    I was also struck by your comment of the 55 people gathered in the house watching TV. The slide show has very beautiful shots of the Tongo hills, Of happy people working hard, and of the Golgo Dancing in Tunzug. It is healing just to see.
    I think it could allieve certian aspects of the hardship there to see self affirming pictures of their culture and land. The music on the slide show can also be healing.
    I would like to see if it is possible to get a copy to your family, so that the many gifts given me while I was there can be shared with those that give them.
    Blessings,
    Couage and Infinate Peace
    Please Stay in touch Sister
    Biko

  5. sarahlewis

    I have heard great things about the woman who built the Oasis resort, congratulations on your contribution to their facility. Thank you for your message!

    Best wishes

  6. DOCFELI POULTRY FARMS GHANA LTD
    NTRIBUOHO—KUMASI P.O. BOX KS 832
    KUMASI (W, A) TEL: 00233-277332840

    ITALY CONTACT PASTOR AMOAH DA-COSTA
    VIA C, BENTIVOGLIA-N 1
    421OO REGGIO EMILIA ITALY.
    Tel: +39-522300529/+39-3384902234

    Dear sir/ Madam

    Subject: APPLICATION FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.
    It is my honor and pleasure to write you this letter to apply for a financial assistance in your institution for my company which is sited in Ntribuoho, a suburb of Kumasi in Ghana.

    Sir, as a matter of fact I am in the agricultural sector and to be precise, in the area of Livestock(POULTARY) which has been on small-scale production through self financing.
    The PROJECT includes, the construction of bird SHELTERS that can house about 10.000 birds
    The first phase of this project started in the year 2005 with about 3.000 birds having five employees working at the farm.
    Due to lack of financial assistance the motive behind the project could not be realized. As at now the construction of the birds’ shelters is at a standstill with absolutely not even a single bird at the farm house.
    Sir, the fact is that, a farm house which is supposed to house the envisaged 10.000 birds is lying idle. Ghana is recognized as one of the stable countries in terms of its political administration and because of the unfavorable investment climate in the country, I would like to plead for a loan of $45,000 $50,000 to help me realize my vision of feeding my fellow Ghanaians.
    I should also be grateful if you could help me with (1)a used tractor which costs about $10.000 (2) 1 used cargo car $15.000 (3) Corn mill machine & corn mill mixture $10.000 (4) Incubator machine $12.000 and (5) 1 used generator $4.000
    The company statically aims at mechanizing its products to gain a strong market share, boosts its production and heightens its corporate identity in the flourishing market. To this effects I would like to seek immediate assistance from your outfit to help fully attain that.
    Sir, if the bank cannot afford me with my request of $45,000 $50,000 dollars cash which is my immediate need, but can provide in kind in the form of the machineries , I should be grateful to receive them.
    Please, below are three thematic action plans for the project;
    ACTION PLAN 1 Mechanizing of operations by employing the machines below – Slightly used big truck – Slightly used incubator ( capacity to hatch 8,000 birds) – Slightly used generator – And fill the shelters with 7,000 day old birds with feeding ( food) till they lay eggs.
    ACTION PLAN 2 – Beside this, we would be grateful if your company can assist me with 7,000 birds and to provide food till they lay eggs it will get the project going. – Slightly used big truck.
    ACTION PLAN 3 – Any number of day old birds that you can be able to assist me with and feed them till they lay eggs and one big truck that can be used to transport goods to the farm.
    We have eight (8 acres) of land for future development including 4 acres for cultivating maize to support the poultry farm. The executive directors i.e. the director and the assistant directors are both Italian citizens; and we can honestly and faithfully abide by your terms of payments. It’s a registered company under the company registration code act in Ghana.
    Sir, I would be very grateful if my application is considered and I would do my best to pay back within the terms the bank will grant me.

    Counting on your usual cooperation to help feed Africans and the world as well by the year 2015. Hope to hear from you.

    Yours faithfully,
    Managing director

    ATTACHED IS THE BUGDET SUPPORTING OUR PROPOSAL
    WAITING FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE
    PROPOSED BUDGET

    ITEM AMOUNT (EURO)

    EXPENDITURE

    1. DAY OLD CHICKEN 4.200
    2. FEEDING (900 BAGS OF MAIZE) 13.500
    3. MEAT (MIXED WITH MAIZE) 6.500
    4. DRUGS 2.800
    5. COST OF LABOUR 3.200
    6. TRANSPORTATION 2.100
    7. LIGHTENING 680
    8. REPAIRS 650
    9. WATER 820
    10. MISCELLANEOUS 600
    TOTAL = 35.050

    Below are some of the company pictures

    DOCFELI POULTRY FARMS GHANA LTD
    NTRIBUOHO—KUMASI P.O. BOX KS 832
    KUMASI (W, A) TEL: 00233-277332840

    ITALY CONTACT PASTOR AMOAH DA-COSTA
    VIA C, BENTIVOGLIA-N 1
    421OO REGGIO EMILIA ITALY.
    Tel: +39-522300529/+39-3384902234

    Dear sir/ Madam

    Subject: APPLICATION FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.
    It is my honor and pleasure to write you this letter to apply for a financial assistance in your institution for my company which is sited in Ntribuoho, a suburb of Kumasi in Ghana.

    Sir, as a matter of fact I am in the agricultural sector and to be precise, in the area of Livestock(POULTARY) which has been on small-scale production through self financing.
    The PROJECT includes, the construction of bird SHELTERS that can house about 10.000 birds
    The first phase of this project started in the year 2005 with about 3.000 birds having five employees working at the farm.
    Due to lack of financial assistance the motive behind the project could not be realized. As at now the construction of the birds’ shelters is at a standstill with absolutely not even a single bird at the farm house.
    Sir, the fact is that, a farm house which is supposed to house the envisaged 10.000 birds is lying idle. Ghana is recognized as one of the stable countries in terms of its political administration and because of the unfavorable investment climate in the country, I would like to plead for a loan of $45,000 $50,000 to help me realize my vision of feeding my fellow Ghanaians.
    I should also be grateful if you could help me with (1)a used tractor which costs about $10.000 (2) 1 used cargo car $15.000 (3) Corn mill machine & corn mill mixture $10.000 (4) Incubator machine $12.000 and (5) 1 used generator $4.000
    The company statically aims at mechanizing its products to gain a strong market share, boosts its production and heightens its corporate identity in the flourishing market. To this effects I would like to seek immediate assistance from your outfit to help fully attain that.
    Sir, if the bank cannot afford me with my request of $45,000 $50,000 dollars cash which is my immediate need, but can provide in kind in the form of the machineries , I should be grateful to receive them.
    Please, below are three thematic action plans for the project;
    ACTION PLAN 1 Mechanizing of operations by employing the machines below – Slightly used big truck – Slightly used incubator ( capacity to hatch 8,000 birds) – Slightly used generator – And fill the shelters with 7,000 day old birds with feeding ( food) till they lay eggs.
    ACTION PLAN 2 – Beside this, we would be grateful if your company can assist me with 7,000 birds and to provide food till they lay eggs it will get the project going. – Slightly used big truck.
    ACTION PLAN 3 – Any number of day old birds that you can be able to assist me with and feed them till they lay eggs and one big truck that can be used to transport goods to the farm.
    We have eight (8 acres) of land for future development including 4 acres for cultivating maize to support the poultry farm. The executive directors i.e. the director and the assistant directors are both Italian citizens; and we can honestly and faithfully abide by your terms of payments. It’s a registered company under the company registration code act in Ghana.
    Sir, I would be very grateful if my application is considered and I would do my best to pay back within the terms the bank will grant me.

    Counting on your usual cooperation to help feed Africans and the world as well by the year 2015. Hope to hear from you.

    Yours faithfully,
    Managing director

    ATTACHED IS THE BUGDET SUPPORTING OUR PROPOSAL
    WAITING FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE
    PROPOSED BUDGET

    ITEM AMOUNT (EURO)

    EXPENDITURE

    1. DAY OLD CHICKEN 4.200
    2. FEEDING (900 BAGS OF MAIZE) 13.500
    3. MEAT (MIXED WITH MAIZE) 6.500
    4. DRUGS 2.800
    5. COST OF LABOUR 3.200
    6. TRANSPORTATION 2.100
    7. LIGHTENING 680
    8. REPAIRS 650
    9. WATER 820
    10. MISCELLANEOUS 600
    TOTAL = 35.050

    Below are some of the company pictures

    DOCFELI POULTRY FARMS GHANA LTD
    NTRIBUOHO—KUMASI P.O. BOX KS 832
    KUMASI (W, A) TEL: 00233-277332840

    ITALY CONTACT PASTOR AMOAH DA-COSTA
    VIA C, BENTIVOGLIA-N 1
    421OO REGGIO EMILIA ITALY.
    Tel: +39-522300529/+39-3384902234

    Dear sir/ Madam

    Subject: APPLICATION FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.
    It is my honor and pleasure to write you this letter to apply for a financial assistance in your institution for my company which is sited in Ntribuoho, a suburb of Kumasi in Ghana.

    Sir, as a matter of fact I am in the agricultural sector and to be precise, in the area of Livestock(POULTARY) which has been on small-scale production through self financing.
    The PROJECT includes, the construction of bird SHELTERS that can house about 10.000 birds
    The first phase of this project started in the year 2005 with about 3.000 birds having five employees working at the farm.
    Due to lack of financial assistance the motive behind the project could not be realized. As at now the construction of the birds’ shelters is at a standstill with absolutely not even a single bird at the farm house.
    Sir, the fact is that, a farm house which is supposed to house the envisaged 10.000 birds is lying idle. Ghana is recognized as one of the stable countries in terms of its political administration and because of the unfavorable investment climate in the country, I would like to plead for a loan of $45,000 $50,000 to help me realize my vision of feeding my fellow Ghanaians.
    I should also be grateful if you could help me with (1)a used tractor which costs about $10.000 (2) 1 used cargo car $15.000 (3) Corn mill machine & corn mill mixture $10.000 (4) Incubator machine $12.000 and (5) 1 used generator $4.000
    The company statically aims at mechanizing its products to gain a strong market share, boosts its production and heightens its corporate identity in the flourishing market. To this effects I would like to seek immediate assistance from your outfit to help fully attain that.
    Sir, if the bank cannot afford me with my request of $45,000 $50,000 dollars cash which is my immediate need, but can provide in kind in the form of the machineries , I should be grateful to receive them.
    Please, below are three thematic action plans for the project;
    ACTION PLAN 1 Mechanizing of operations by employing the machines below – Slightly used big truck – Slightly used incubator ( capacity to hatch 8,000 birds) – Slightly used generator – And fill the shelters with 7,000 day old birds with feeding ( food) till they lay eggs.
    ACTION PLAN 2 – Beside this, we would be grateful if your company can assist me with 7,000 birds and to provide food till they lay eggs it will get the project going. – Slightly used big truck.
    ACTION PLAN 3 – Any number of day old birds that you can be able to assist me with and feed them till they lay eggs and one big truck that can be used to transport goods to the farm.
    We have eight (8 acres) of land for future development including 4 acres for cultivating maize to support the poultry farm. The executive directors i.e. the director and the assistant directors are both Italian citizens; and we can honestly and faithfully abide by your terms of payments. It’s a registered company under the company registration code act in Ghana.
    Sir, I would be very grateful if my application is considered and I would do my best to pay back within the terms the bank will grant me.

    Counting on your usual cooperation to help feed Africans and the world as well by the year 2015. Hope to hear from you.

    Yours faithfully,
    Managing director

    ATTACHED IS THE BUGDET SUPPORTING OUR PROPOSAL
    WAITING FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE
    PROPOSED BUDGET

    ITEM AMOUNT (EURO)

    EXPENDITURE

    1. DAY OLD CHICKEN 4.200
    2. FEEDING (900 BAGS OF MAIZE) 13.500
    3. MEAT (MIXED WITH MAIZE) 6.500
    4. DRUGS 2.800
    5. COST OF LABOUR 3.200
    6. TRANSPORTATION 2.100
    7. LIGHTENING 680
    8. REPAIRS 650
    9. WATER 820
    10. MISCELLANEOUS 600
    TOTAL = 35.050

    Below are some of the company pictures

  7. Saida

    Thank you so much for the contribution. I go to UW and enjoyed your talk in St. pauls and I appreciate the work you are doing and already done in my home continent.

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