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Closed 03/08/2018

87%
£3,660
raised of £4,180 target by 95 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,660 to support local communities, their forests & their frogs in Ghana.

    Papa Westray, Orkney, UK
    Funded on Friday, 3rd August 2018

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    Story

    There could be as few as 30 Giant Squeaker Frogs left in the world. This frog (big for a squeaker frog, but not actually that large!) is now only known from the Sui River Forest Reserve, Ghana. For ten years, Gilbert Adum has been working with local people, finding ways for them to have better lives without destroying the frog’s habitat.

    Gilbert grew up a hunter in the north of Ghana, but he always had a fascination for amphibians. Education transformed his life. He studied the Giant Squeaker Frog for several years and then set up the 'SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana' charity in 2011. Gilbert now has a studentship for the globally-renowned Conservation Leadership masters degree at Cambridge University.

    Gilbert's charity has two members of staff in Ghana, working with the community around this Forest Reserve. The charity helps local people take up alternative livelihoods – like beekeeping to produce Fairtrade honey – so they don't need to clear the forest to survive. A computer room in the village now offers life-changing educational opportunities. Local people are removing the invasive Devilweed (Chromolaena odorata) – which has spread into areas of forest previously cleared for temporary agriculture – and are busy replanting with native trees.

    Better education – better lives – better frog conservation!

    Watch this short film, narrated by David Attenborough, made after Gilbert’s work won The Whitley Award in 2016:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvP4C5Endlc

    Gilbert has submitted a grant application to extend this vital conservation project. Hopes are high that this will be awarded in September, but the charity has run out of money now. Gilbert is desperate to keep the work going. If the staff have to be made redundant, it will take months to recruit and train new staff when further grants come through. Any break in the charity's involvement will damage the local community’s current confidence in this programme of economic development, frog & forest conservation.

    That’s where we come in. The target amount we are fundraising for through JustGiving is essential so staff and office costs can be covered for this six month funding gap. If you can afford it, please make a donation. Without this, the Giant Squeaker Frog faces extinction.

    If we can keep the charity going and you want to keep in touch with the work please email me at julianbranscombe@yahoo.com – I am staying in contact with Gilbert and will send updates to everyone who is interested.

    Updates

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    • Julian Branscombe2 years ago
      Julian Branscombe

      Julian Branscombe

      2 years ago

      I am so grateful to be at just over 80% of our target. Thanks so much to all of you. If there's anything any of you can do to circulate the link to the crowdfunding campaign, that would be wonderful. I know this work deserves even more donors and you can help get this to them. And thanks again - it was wonderful to send off April salaries and May project costs a couple of weeks ago. The work this pays for is so important.

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    • Julian Branscombe2 years ago
      Julian Branscombe

      Julian Branscombe

      2 years ago

      Thanks so much. We're so nearly at 2/3 of the way to the target. I really appreciate all the donations - and I know that the frogs & Save The Frogs! Ghana will appreciate it even more. Local people benefit from this work, along with the whole ecosystem - including this gorgeous Chocolate-backed Kingfisher (photo taken in Ghana by Nik Borrow) - a species of the closed canopy forest, of the Sui River Forest Reserve, which will be benefitting from this work (don't tell STF!G that they occasionally eat frogs...) - thanks again!

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    • Julian Branscombe2 years ago
      Julian Branscombe

      Julian Branscombe

      2 years ago

      I'm so grateful to everyone who is supporting this appeal. I am sorry that I can't respond personally to those I don't know - if anyone wants to email me on julianbranscombe@yahoo.com, I'd love to email you my appreciation. I am also reminded that this work benefits so much more than 'just' local people & the Giant Squeaker Frog - Nik Borrow has let me use his fabulous photos of Ghanaian forest birds to help promote the appeal. Here's a Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, one of the specialist birds of Ghanaian rainforest, which this work will help.

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    2 years ago

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    Supporters

    95

    • Robert Hepworth

      Robert Hepworth

      Jun 26, 2018

      Those tree frogs deserve our support. Missed Ghana not being at World Cup finals too - next time ?

      £30.00

    • Roger Finn

      Roger Finn

      Jun 25, 2018

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jun 17, 2018

      £30.00

    • Alison Nimmo

      Alison Nimmo

      Jun 1, 2018

      £30.00

    • nicolarcilla@gmail.com

      nicolarcilla@gmail.com

      May 23, 2018

      Proud to support this important project protecting Ghana's precious forest wildlife!

      £30.00

    • Christine Knight

      Christine Knight

      May 23, 2018

      A great project which we're pleased to support. The film clip is helpfully informative. Christine and David Knight

      £20.00

    • Robert Douthwaite

      Robert Douthwaite

      May 22, 2018

      A very impressive project!

      £20.00

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    Julian Branscombe

    Julian Branscombe

    Papa Westray, Orkney, UK

    I've worked in UK nature conservation since 1991. Ghana is wonderful but its people & wildlife face big challenges - see tinyurl.com/NCGhana for my full thoughts. My 2017 visit convinced me to support local Ghanaian conservation. I've chosen Save The Frogs Ghana for good reason!

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