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In the West African village where I grew up in
Ghana, no one wanted to be a farmer.
Raising goats or growing palm trees was all
that we knew or could do. Life was hard.

At age 31, after years leading environmental
NGOs in the Volta Region, I received a full
scholarship to a private liberal arts college in
upstate New York.
Total strangers from across the United States
donated over $40,000 towards my degree in
international affairs.
Their generosity altered my worldview and
showed me that anything was possible.
A whole new world of opportunity opened to
Opportunities that culminated in Ndor Eco-
Village. An organization I founded to promote
sustainable agriculture and environmental
education in Ghana’s Volta region.
We invite you to join us on our journey.

Yao Foli

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We are currently seeking support to realize several key projects in Ndor’s journey.
- Kitchen with sanitation facilities for guests and workers
- Well to access clean drinking water and for irrigation
- Farm tools enabling our sustainable agricultural practices
- Farm infrastructure to secure and store materials
- Guest houses to accommodate educators, volunteers and visitors
“Bring Back the Birds” is an educational project on bird science and protection that
we aspire to lead. It would involve planting diverse fruits trees to attract and serve as
habitat for endangered birds. The program will teach learners of all ages about the
unique contributions of birds to our ecosystem and why it is critical to protect and preserve them in a changing world.  This project is inspired by Yao’s partnership with
ICBO’s and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Our vision: an “eco-village” that serves as a community for sustainable agriculture and
environmental education.
It will include a school and training center that brings the latest in sustainable
agriculture to local farmers, tailored to local needs.
Trainers will be leaders in their fields from around the world, beginning with the
incredible community of educators at the ICBO’s and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
Curriculums will be developed in partnership with Ghanaian agricultural experts to
ensure coherence with local culture and agricultural practices.
Education will extend far beyond adults. The many children nearby who currently
receive little to no environmental education are central to our vision. Investing in their
knowledge of the natural world is key to delivering on the community’s promise now and
in the future.
As an eco-village, Ndor will be a community within a community. People will learn and
live together. The guest houses and restaurant we envision will host the many
educators, volunteers and visitors we receive from around the world, generating income
to sustain our work.

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