G-lish is based in Bolgatanga, the capital of the Upper East Region. This is about 800 kilometres north of Accra, the capital. It’s a 16 hour bus ride from Accra to Bolgatanga. Many people in the Upper East have never traveled outside the region. Some have traveled 3 hours south to Tamale. Less have traveled south of Tamale. This is because of the cost of traveling over such distances.
In the Upper East Region illiteracy is over 76% and more than 90% of the population survives by subsistence farming, living hand to mouth, depending on the rains and climate.
Meeting basic needs such as getting enough food to eat every day, finding somewhere comfortable and safe to sleep, being able to buy more than one or two sets of clothes, buying basic schooling materials, is a genuine struggle.
Only 4% of the population has achieved higher education. The majority of the population stops their education during primary school.
The need for sustainable, long-term income generating projects in the Upper East Region is absolutely urgent. This is why G-lish exists.