Who We Are

G-lish Foundation is a registered NGO in Ghana that develops income generating projects using recycled materials in impoverished rural communities. Co-founded by Godwin Yidana (Ghana) and Gayle Pescud (Australia), as of June 2014 G-lish now regularly pays 70+ producers of recycled Bolga baskets and art work. We have consumed over 313,200 pure water plastic bags since July 2010. We have also planted 900 neem, teak and mango trees in the basket making communities.

Watch our YouTube video to see what it’s all about.

Members of The G-lish Foundation board.

Member of the Board: Dr. K. Barima Antwi, PhD (Bradford); M.Sc., B.Sc (Kumasi)
Dr Barima is currently Head of, and Senior Lecturer in, the Department of Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Dr Barima’s specializations include Development Studies, Human Resource and Institutional Capacity Development, and Environment and Health. As head of the Department at UCC, Dr Barima garners huge respect in Ghana and has the capacity to advise G-lish Foundation on both developmental and strategic objectives, with emphasis on rural development and organizational development priorities.

Member of the Board: Ms Kimberly Booth.
Ms Booth is a registered Occupational Therapist with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney, 2009. Ms Booth has worked professionally as an occupational therapist since March 2010 for Education Queensland with children in Queensland’s public school system. She volunteered in Nepal and Cambodia with special needs children, undertook university placements in remote Aboriginal communities, and has displayed a huge capacity to support programs in developing and underprivileged regions. Ms Booth has the capacity to provide expert advice on meeting its youth-oriented goals, particularly developing special needs programs to train teachers to work with students with learning challenges in Ghana.

Member of the Board: Mr Reuben Pometsey, B.Ed Mathematics, First Class Honours (UCC).
In addition to his Bachelor of Education, Mr Pometsey also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management. Since 2007 he has been a tutor at Koase Senior High School in Wenchi where he teaches Core and Elective Mathematics. He was a Volunteer Manager June 2006 – 2007 at Abusua Foundation in Cape Coast where he recruited and coordinated the activities of local volunteers and reported to the HR Manager. He is a student member of Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and a member of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT). Mr Pometsey has the capacity to advise the board on financial matters and also programs working with children in Ghana’s schools.

Board Chairperson: Ms Sally Trevina
Ms Trevina has had an extensive career in the Australian public service including as a high-ranking official of ATSIC (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission), in the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and in the Department of Immigration. She has served on the board of several Australian organizations that focus on women’s development. Ms Trevina has the capacity to provide excellent guidance to G-lish Foundation on governance and transparency, as well as strategic and organizational development with a focus on women’s empowerment.

Board Secretary: Gayle Pescud
Ms Pescud is currently the Programs Director for G-lish Foundation. Ms Pescud has 16 years experience in international business, including 10 years in Japanese business in Australia, and 6 years in fair trade, project delivery and craft production in Ghana and Cambodia. Ms Pescud facilitated workshops on market access to the EU in Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines for Traidcraft while executing two EU-funded projects in 2006-07. She co-founded G-lish Foundation with Godwin Yidana in early 2010, after carrying out viability studies and prototype development in 2009. She led the wrote, designed and led the artisan development workshops that culminated in the exhibition in Sydney in 2014.

The best way to contact us is by sending all inquiries to:

Godwin@g-lish.org, producers@g-lish.org, gaylepescud@gmail.com.

Co-founders Godwin Yidana and Gayle Pescud

Co-founders Godwin Yidana and Gayle Pescud

Godwin holding Bolga baskets

Godwin holding Bolga basket

Counting plastic cut pieces

Counting 350 cut plastic bags ready for the twisters