In March, G-lish was honoured by a visit from a tour group from In Focus with Michele Burgess tour company: www.infocustravel.com–the first ever to visit our village and see Bolga baskets in production.
The group of 10 from the USA and Canada visited various craft making and cultural sites around Ghana and came to Bolgatanga to take in the crafts and sites of this region, including basket production.
The visit to meet the G-lish producers in Bolgatanga was a mutually rewarding experience as producers saw our visitors purchase the baskets they made, and our visitors met the woman who made their basket! It’s not often that two ends of the supply chain get to meet face-to-face, especially when they come from such distant locations.
Godwin gave a speech about G-lish and the baskets and then our wonderful visitors had a chance to take photos and talk with the women and buy baskets. G-lish received generous donations from the visitors, including bags full of scrap cloth that we will use in basket production, all the way from North America, and cash donations that will help support our tree planting efforts in the community.
We wish to thank Michele and the wonderful ladies and one brave husband who came to visit on that day–and Nii, the guide from Accra. We received this lovely email from Michele, this week, after writing and thanking her for the visit.
“Hi, Gayle (and Godwin). It was delightful to meet you and hear the story of your efforts to improve the lives of Ghanaian women and their families. They’re so lucky to have you on their side. The women were very sweet as well; the group members who bought their baskets are so happy with their purchases. Thank you for arranging for us to visit. I hope we’re the first of many groups to have such a wonderful experience. I read your lovely email to my people at dinner and they were thrilled they were able to participate. Please let me know when your writeup goes online so I can tell everyone about it.
My very best regards to you, Godwin, and the beautiful ladies at G-lish Ghana.”
Our thanks to Michele and the wonderful visitors from Canada and the USA. Have a look at Michele’s personal website of stunning travel photography. Truly inspiring images from around the world.
The image above is by Dave Ley. This is an image of a mud house constructed in Tongo, just outside Bolgatanga, one of the sites you can visit during a trip to Bolga, Ghana.