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About the Adwuma Ye Foundation

Adwuma ye was founded by Ellen Seldenthuis.
The board is made up of volunteers, and their standpoint is to do good work without any funds getting wasted.

The reason to start

The beauty of a country like Ghana is overshadowed by the enormous litter problem. A country with such a varied landscape, from coastal areas with beautiful beaches to sloping hills, lakes, ancient rain forests, large rivers and dry savanna’s.
But everywhere you look, the first thing you notice, is garbage. You can’t ignore it because every step you take, it is there. Ellen experienced that personally in 2009, when she took on a 1000 kilometer hike, straight through Ghana,
starting at the most Northern tip on the border with Burkina Faso, making her way to the most Southern coastal town.
During this hike, the idea of doing something with all this trash was born…. The water and ice cream sachets were
the obvious choice, since they are the biggest problem and everyone contributes to the pollution by carelessly discarding these sachets left and right; in the streets, the gutters, the forests and the beach, giving the country the appearance of a giant landfill…. 
Ellen found a sponsor who was willing to help her start up the ideas that had taken shape in her mind; making schoolbags for the children of Tamale, and thus, ‘Tuma Viela’ became a fact, from dream to reality!

Our mission

The foundations mission is:
Encouraging self-sufficiency and independence of individuals or groups who wish to develop a local initiative in Ghana, whereby they are able to reach their goals and dreams and are supported in anything that is directly or indirectly instrumental.

The board + execution

The board of the foundation is made up of 3 members, each with a specific task. This work is done purely voluntarily, their is no financial compensation!
The board may be advised/supported in their tasks by others, as long as they too are willing to provide their services on a voluntary basis.