Friday, September 11, 2015

Another Barcamp Cape Coast chapter starts with #bccapecoast 2015

This year, we shall have our 5th +Barcamp Cape Coast. It's been great to see what has emerged out of Barcamps in Cape Coast these 5 years. There are startups like +Ahonya.com which now has the +Ahonyabid product. There's the inspiration for +Tech Needs Girls Gh by +regina agyare. But I especially love the growth of people like +kofi yeboah +Kobe Subramaniam +William Osilaja Boampong and +francis kumadoh. The first two are joined by +Rachel Hormeku (also from #Bccapecoast), +Senam Aseye Bridget and +Leonard Hagan to lead the +Barcamp Ghana program in Ghana. With this next theme around 'Equipping the Youth to plan their future today', we at the +GhanaThink Foundation are on course to do more.

Barcamp Cape Coast 2015 is on September 12th at the University of Cape Coast. The organizing team is made up of +Papa Baffoe Aikins +Mantey Joshua +Wilson Seyram Ameamu +sampson oboh +Ansaba Amoah +Kwesi Quagraine and some other volunteers. I'm excited for this event, as always. Especially because I get to be in Elmina, my hometown. Join us there to learn, share and network. Hoping that we congregate and continue network a lot of driven young people based in Cape Coast and beyond. If you can't join us in person, stay tuned to the #bccapecoast hashtag.


Barcamp Cape Coast 2015 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Cape Coast, Ghana and beyond. It will take place on September 12, 2015 at the Faculty of Education Lecture Theatre 9 at the University of Cape Coast. The theme for this year is Equipping the youth to plan their future today. This event will be the 5th BarCamp in Cape Coast as it builds a network of young change makers, doers and entrepreneurs in Ghana. The GhanaThink Foundation has successfully organized 47 BarCamps in Ghana.

This forum will focus on information sharing to enable participants plan their future better. Time-tested teachings along with transcendent trends will be highlighted and discussed in order to help set the paths of youths right. Cape Coast has been a major town for education in Ghana and various stakeholders will be participating in Barcamp Cape Coast.
The Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, technology and development, alongside topics relevant to the Central Region and beyond. There will be a speed mentoringsession where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. Confirmed mentors include Benedict Entsi Williams (Agrobusiness), +Ekow Simpson (cape360gh), George Nii Tackie (Business Lecturer), +Samuel Kojo Brace (ATL FM Journalist), Felix Osei (Talent Microfinance), +benewaa fosu aka Sarah Fosu (Woman for Girl Initiative), +Jay Yorke (Marketer), +Rosina Dolly (Dolly Foundation), +Elvis Sekyi (First Capital Plus), +Tara Squire (+Tigo Ghana), etc
Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Cape Coast eventbrite website (barcampcapecoast15.eventbrite.com) or text "Barcamp Cape Coast [name] [email address] to 1945 through any mobile network (example - Barcamp Cape Coast Esi Eshun esi@eshun.co). Contact us via barcamp at www.ghanathink.org for sponsorship or partnership opportunities.

BarCamp Cape Coast 2015 is supported by Tigo Ghana, Making All Voices Count, Kasahorow Foundation, Cape 360. Join us to move the Central Region and Ghana forward.
Stay tuned via the #bccapecoast hashtag.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

National Volunteer Day (#NVDay) is here again, and growing all over Ghana (#NVDay15)

I've blogged about National Volunteer Day (NVDay) a number of times. It all started with promoting the very first one. People (including some +Barcamp Kumasi members) joined me for an activity at the King Jesus Charity in Kumasi. For International Volunteer Day (IVD) in 2013, +GhanaThink Foundation launched the +Ghana Volunteer Program. I encouraged my avid readers to participate in #NVDay14. We used IVD last year to share what had happened during NVDay all around Ghana. I was on TV3 earlier today talking about NVDay with +Andrew Tetteh, we were hosted by Benny Blanco. There was this attempt to keep posted on volunteer activities in Ghana through a calendar that hasn't panned out well. Will try revive again during this National Volunteer Day period. #NVDay15 is here. 19th, 2th, 21st Septemeber. Aren't you excited? Looking for inspiration on what to do? Read my own story. Read the press release below. Or skip it, and go to volunteeringh.org.
The Ghana Volunteer Program (GVP) is a program being run by the GhanaThink Foundation, an NGO based both in Ghana and the USA. National Volunteer Day, which falls around the 21st of September each year, is our major activity. It was instituted as part of GVP in 2013. This year, the event falls within the 19th – 21st Sept 2015 time frame. The initiative aims to get as many people as possible in Ghana to volunteer their time or do community service during the Founder’s Day Holiday weekend. While volunteerism is not very popular and part of our society’s fabric, many individuals and organisations volunteer occasionally. National Volunteer Day (NVDay) is to increase these numbers and unify efforts in volunteerism in Ghana. We are encouraging more people to do community service within Ghana. That’s the same spirit our founding fathers engendered within our citizenry.
Ato Ulzen-Appiah, the director of the GhanaThink Foundation stated: “Volunteering is a great way to show leadership in our communities and for our nation. It’s great to see National Volunteer Day growing and becoming a yearly feature”. By having volunteer or community service activities during the 19th – 21st September time frame, we would be championing the ideals of our founding fathers and joining a national effort to work for Ghana. Volunteering demonstrates initiative and hard work, two ideals that many organisations look for while hiring. We believe that by participating in NVDay, participants would be building their CVs and professional capabilities.
 
We expect several individuals and organisations to hold different activities throughout the country on the day. Last year, over 80 activities were organised and registered with us, mostly by individuals and groups that were organising volunteering activities for the first time. Their activities directly impacted the lives of thousands of people. These activities happened in 9 out of the 10 regions in Ghana and in several cities and towns. Activities ranged from skills training programs, clean up exercises, tutoring in a particular course, reading clinics for kids, blood donation drives, creating playing grounds for kids in the government schools to painting schools and faded zebra crossings. More than 300 people volunteered and their work benefitted thousands of people. The impact on the volunteers and beneficiaries was massive and was captured on social media via the #NVDay14 hashtag.

Eleanor +Ela Asare , the lead coordinator for the Ghana Volunteer Program said “NVDay has not only come to stay, but it is also here to cause a positive change in our attitudes towards volunteerism and to serve as a development tool.” Make it a point to be a part of NVDay15 this year by organising and registering your event on our volunteeringh.org website. The registration of your activity will allow us to support you with more volunteers and some publicity. At the volunteeringh.org website, you can also join volunteer activities that are being planned by others. We look forward to hearing about the incredible things you will be doing on NVDay15. Stay updated with what’s happening with the #NVDay15 hashtag and on social media Twitter, Facebook and Google+ . You can also support the organization of National Volunteer Day activities by donating through gofundme.com/Nvday15. Volunteerism, the heart of community development. Kudos to the GVP team, Eleanor, +Enock Seth Nyamador  +William Osilaja Boampong +Gerald Sowah +Felix Nartey and +Adelina Martey and all the other +GhanaThink Foundation members making this happen.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Higgins Memorial Lodge - homely guest house in Kumasi

Many a times people have told me that I am very friendly and helpful. It lends well to a lot of the work that I do with the +GhanaThink Foundation etc. Someone said I have the heart of a mother. If I do, you might imagine how great my mother is. She is :-) Her greatness lends itself well to hosting people. She's hosted many people in our house growing up. And for the last few years, she has a guest house where she hosts more people. If you're looking for a place to stay in Kumasi, a guest house for one, two, three nights, a week, two weeks - look no further than Higgins Memorial Lodge. It's affectionately called Higgins Homes.

You can book your stay there by contacting me - @Abocco or on gmail as well with the same username. Higgins is a great place to stay. You can ask +kofi yeboah who stayed there for more than a week. +Yayra Tay stayed there with a couple of friends for some time. My brother +Kofi Ulzen-Appiah can also tell you more. Higgins Homes is on Booking.com now. As well as Trip Advisor.



There are 2 apartments - one 2 bedroom and one 3 bedroom. So you can even rent with your family when you're in Kumasi. Or rent one of the 5 rooms. Versatility at its best. Am sure +Okyeame Kwame agrees. 

You know how you go to hotels and you have to pay to get your attire ironed? At Higgins Homes, an iron is provided for you. There is DSTV as well for you to enjoy a great selection of TV channels. Air conditioning? Down pat. You even have a kitchen to cook that meal you love, in a guest house. Breakfast is for free. Yummy! 

Higgins Memorial Lodge is more than a guest house. It's home away from home. And here's the kicker! The cost hovers around $23.3 per night. What's not to love?

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