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Providing Energy and Opportunities in Ghana

This will be the first of many posts on this topic. I am fortunate and blessed to be involved with a project to provide systems to convert waste to energy in Ghana. We have been on this journey for nearly 2.5 years, when I was first approached by someone inquiring about these systems. Since then, we have been diligently working on our business plan and earlier this month had the wonderful opportunity to travel there.

The experience was beyond words, and I am looking forward to returning. The best description I can give this is "life changing." When I started my career nearly 30 years ago, I never imagined traveling the way I do, and I definitely did not imagine embarking on this type of a journey. It was eye-opening, amazing, wonderful...I could go on. But I think what most impacted me was that everyone we saw was smiling. Regardless of their situation, they were smiling and founded on their beliefs.

So, this first post I am going to share photos from some of the places we visited. First up is the Aburi Botantical Gardens in the Akwapim District, built in 1890. The gardens were beautiful and so many unique plants and trees.

Life and ResilienceLife carvingsGhanaian military's first helicopterCocoa plant
We visited these gardens following a meeting with the municipality of Akropong, in which we will likely implement our first set of systems - as a demonstration project to prove the systems' capabilities. The municipality greeted us with open arms, inviting the entire general assembly leadership to join our meeting. We plan to implement a set of small-scale systems to treat municipal solid waste, waste water, and medical waste. Follow my blog to learn more as this journey continues.



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