Ghana has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but many rural farming communities are not seeing the benefits. Due to changing rainfall patterns and the degradation of soil from deforestation and unsustainable slash-and-burn farming practices, growing food has become increasingly challenging. This is a cause of great concern to the people of Kobina Ansa, a village 8km outside of Cape Coast, where subsistence farming is the primary means of livelihood.
The overall goal of this program is to work with Unity’s team of specialists to provide training to small-scale farmers in sustainable, organic methods. The group will also explore ways to connect the growers to markets. Participants will work side-by-side with men, women, and children from Kobina Ansa and surrounding villages on activities including:
- Planting trees (cocoa, mango, papaya, banana, and avocado)
- Digging swales to harvest rainwater
- Researching ways to add value to raw materials (steam distillation, dehydration, etc)
- Helping to connect small-scale farmers to local and foreign markets.
Participants will also have the opportunity to conduct field research, investigating how food production is linked to economics, public health, and the environment within the region.
Didier Kouadio Scholarship Fund
JULY 7, 2015 – UPDATE
Message of thanks from Didier Kouadio.
MAY 9, 2015
Fundraising Goal Reached! Thank you to everyone who contributed!
MARCH 9, 2015
Help Didier to begin a new chapter of his life outside of the refugee camp.
Didier Kouadio has been living in a UN refugee camp in Ghana since 2011, when he fled the civil war in his native Ivory Coast. Prior to that, he was studying marketing at the University of Cocody. Didier and I met in 2012, while I was designing and constructing transitional shelters for refugees at UN camps in Ghana.
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Service Learning Summer 2014
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The mission of Unity Ecovillage is to promote peace and understanding through cultural immersion programs that integrate workshops, field research, lectures and service learning. Our ten-acre campus, including visitor accommodations, restaurant, artisan workshops, amphitheater and an organic farm, reflect Unity’s commitment to ecological sustainability.
University and High School Programs:
If you are coordinating a study abroad or service learning trip to Ghana, consider adding Unity Ecovillage to your itinerary. Read More….
Nestled in a rural hilltop community 8 km outside of Cape Coast, Unity offers a pristine natural environment and a taste of eco-friendly living. Read More….
Unity Director, Isaac Hirt-Manheimer, works directly with individual scholars, trip leaders, and study abroad facilitators- Read More…
Customized service projects:
Unity provides a broad range of opportunities for individuals and groups to engage in sustainable development projects in various areas, including education, public health, and organic farming. Read More….
The unique design of Unity’s 10 acre campus draws from ancient indigenous building methods, and integrates cutting edge technology and construction techniques from around the world. The comfortable guest rooms feature earthen walls (mud-brick, cob, and hydraform), integration of renewable energy sources, rainwater harvesting, composting toilets and more.