January 4th, 2020 

Sam Essiamah, founder of "School forests for West Africa", appeals to Ghanaian government to promote tree planting in schools.

Sam Essiamah, Gründer von "Schulwälder für Westafrika", appelliert an die ghanaische Regierung, Baumpflanzungen an Schulen zu unterstützen.



December 1, 2019

Advent, Advent... Unser Weihnachtsangebot für Sie!

Sie sind noch auf der Suche nach einem passenden Weihnachtsgeschenk? Widmen Sie jemanden aus Ihrer Familie oder Ihrem Freundeskreis Ihre Spende für den Regenwald.

Wie geht das?
Unterstützen Sie unseren Verein beim aktuellen Projekt "Solarlampen für die Regenwald-Aufforstung": Sie spenden Solarlampen für ghanaische Schülerinnen und Schüler, die im Gegenzug Bäume pflanzen und pflegen. Sie erhalten von uns eine Spendenurkunde mit dem Namen des Beschenkten, dessen Geschenk Sie dem guten Zweck gewidmet haben.

Klingt gut? Hier geht's zum Bestellformular!

Und damit das Warten auf Weihnachten nicht so lang wird: Entdecken Sie den Adventskalender unseres Vereins!


Advent, advent... Our Christmas offer for you!

You are still looking for a nice Christmas gift? Dedicate your donation to your loved ones.

How does it work?
Support our association's project "Solar lamps for the reforestation of the rain forest"! You donate for solar lamps for Ghanaian students who plant trees. You will get a donation certificate with the name of the person for which you send the donation.

Sounds good? Here you go!

Last but not least: Discover our advent calendar while waiting for Christmas!


June 5, 2019

Weltumwelttag an der Bawjiase Senior High School 

World Environmental Day at Bawjiase Senior High School 

World environment day is celebrated on the 5th of June every year. It's a day set aside by the UN to create awareness on the environment and since it's inception has been the principal day for celebrating environmental issues and awareness.
This year, YALI Alumni led by Henry Bondzie and other partners including World Merit, GLOPA took the celebration to Bawjiase senior high school. There was a sensitization on the environment which basically centered on Air Pollution which was also the theme for this year and also on the SDGs. The team after the sensitization also led the school and the staff to plant about 100 seedlings on the campus.

5th June 2019

May 31, 2019

Ausbau der Solarstromversorgung erfolgreich: Einrichtung einer Photovoltaik-Anlage an der NYASTECH 
Expansion of solar power supply succesful: Installation of an photovoltaic system at the NYASTECH

The expansion of the solar power supply at the Nyakrom Secondary Technical School (NYASTECH) is making progress. As early as 2012, a photovoltaic system was installed at this school, which has around 1200 pupils, in cooperation with the ISC Konstanz and the Landesgymnasium für Hochbegabte (LGH) in Schwäbisch Gmünd to supply the computer centre with electricity. This project was supported by the Lower Saxony Lotto Foundation BINGO.
The aim of the follow-up project from 2017-2018 was to expand the NYASTECH facility, which was set up in 2012, in order to additionally supply the girls' hostel and a neighbouring school building with electricity. Since the girls' dormitory, unlike the boys' dormitory, is far away from the existing solar power system, the students have serious concerns about their safety during the frequent state power outages. In cooperation with "Afrisolar e.V." represented by Mr. Tobias Claus, "Schulwälder für Westafrika" (represented by Dr. Essiamah), Ghanaian company "Eng-Solutions" (represented by Mr. Otoo Addo) and Youth and Environment Club, a grid-connected solar system with batteries was installed at two facilities (girls' hostel and school building) at the Nyakrom Secondary Technical High School.
All representatives of the above-mentioned organisations were involved in the implementation of the previous project and had experience in the physical functioning and basic technology of the solar cell, in project management and in the planning and dimensioning of PV systems and could carry out the project independently. The owner of Eng Solutions, Mr. Otoo Addo, for example, set up his own solar system installation company. This project involved local PV professionals at the school who were trained during the first PV project in 2012. They can carry out simple maintenance work themselves and are thus available to solve problems.
The opening ceremony took place at the end of last year. Read more about the ceremony in this Ghana News Agency newspaper article.

April 22, 2019 

Übergabe der Hygieneartikel an sechs Schulen in Nyakrom and Swedru. Dieses Projekt wurde finanziert von der Niedersächsischen BINGO-Umweltstiftung und durchgeführt durch den Youth and Environmental Club in Ghana.

Delivery of hygiene articles to six schools in Nyakrom and Swedru. This project was financed by the Lower Saxony Bingo environmental foundation and carried out by our south partner, the Youth and Environment Club in Ghana

In addition to tree planting on schoolyards and the improvement of learning conditions in schools, the promotion of hygiene measures is one of the goals of our association. With the support of Lower Saxony's BINGO Environmental Foundation, our partner in Ghana, the Youth and Environment Club, was able to distribute hygiene products at six schools in Ghana, supporting around 1,500 students in their daily hand washing routines. The primary goal of this project is to sensitize the children for the need of good hygiene in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as cholera or typhus. A total of 48 buckets with taps and steel racks ("Veronica Buckets"), 48 bowls and 600 plastic cups were provided. Furthermore, in two schools, water pipes could be installed and, in addition, a polytank for rainwater collection for toilet flushing was set up at one of the two schools.
The project will now be continued on-site by Mrs. Brako, a member of the Ghanaian School Board and responsible for the Health Education Program. The Ghanaian government has given high priority to sanitary measures in schools and communities.

The project has been very well received so far and has also been accompanied by the National News Agency. Here is the report: http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/ngo-donates-sanitary-materials-to-schools-134948?fbclid=IwAR1IRqcO4UjUun7141NiWXM7DE7VWZ-Iu9h56vxEosaKYQpTYLAznN4yYCU

December 28, 2018 

Newsletter und Neujahrswünsche / Newsletter and New Year's Wishes 

Dear friends of our association,

It happened quite a lot this year... This newsletter will give you an overview of all our activities in 2018:


In addition, the chair persons of our association were honored during a ceremony in Ghana. You will find a newspaper article (Ghana News Agency) here and some pictures below this text:  


Furthermore, we are very grateful for your support and would also be happy if you'd continue this. Find more information in this document:  

Machen Sie mit - Solarlampen als Ansporn für Aufforstung - Ihr Beitrag zählt.pdf

Best wishes for 2019!

March 20, 2018 

Danke, ERPA! Thank you, ERPA! 

We would like to thank our sponsor ERPA systems from Germany. We couldn't have been successful if the company hadn't been supporting us throughout many years so far. Click here to find an overview of our recent projects: REPORT TO ERPA18-2.pdf 

On http://erpa.de/de/unternehmen/unsere-projekte/ghana/index.html you will find a photo gallery which represents the wide range of our projects. 

Below you can have a look at pictures of our project in 2018:  

December 24, 2017

Schulwälder für Westafrika e.V. wünscht Ihnen allen frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes Neues Jahr! / School forests for West Africa e.V. wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 

Once again an exciting year draws to a close. Thanks to the numerous support many projects could be continued and new ones initiated. Among others, 10'000 trees were successfully planted by pupils at Ghanaian schools! The solar lamp project has been initiated and 750 lamps have already been distributed among the students. 
We are immensely grateful for all the support during 2017 and hope to be able to continue our work successfully in 2018! We wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2018!

December 22, 2017

Bingo-Umweltstiftung fördert Photovoltaik an Schule in Ghana / Bingo Environment Foundation supports photovoltaic system at Ghanaian school 

School forests for West Africa e.V. will get 8000 Euro from the Lower Saxony Bingo Environment Foundation in order to enlarge the photovoltaic systems of the Nyakrom Senior High Technical School Ghana. Especially the girls on campus will benefit from the enlargement because they will henceforth have light in their residence hall. So far they couldn't learn in the evenings since it is too dangerous for them to go outside in the darkness to continue learning in a different building with more light. 

The enlarged photovoltaic systems is providing stable electricity on a local level, therefore reducing power cuts to a minium and increasing the functioning of connected devices. This contributes to the school activities of this school with its 1200 students. 

The Lower Saxony Bingo Environment Foundation (German name: Niedersächsische Bingo-Umweltstiftung = NBU) supports environment and nature protection projects as well as projects in the field of international development aid and preservation of monuments. The foundation is financed by lottery winnings, in particular the Bingo Environment Lottery. Please find further information here: www.bingo-umweltstiftung.de.


December 22, 2017

Niedersächsische Bingo-Umweltstiftung fördert Hygiene in Ghana

The Lower Saxony Bingo Environment Foundation will support a project of School forests for West Africa e.V. with 3860 Euros. The association located in the German town Göttingen will use the donation for the improvement of hygienic conditions in six schools in Agona Nyakrom. 

Five schools will be provided with 48 "Veronica Buckets" so that hand washing with running water will become easier for students and teachers. The "Veronica Buckets" are an innovation invented and developed by the biologist Veronica Bekoe: It is a bucket with a tap on a simple wooden rack from which water is flowing into a bowl. In another school, a collection bin and a pipe should be installed on the toilet. The steps taken to bring the hygienic conditions forward should be an improvement for 1500 students. 

The Lower Saxony Bingo Environment Foundation (German name: Niedersächsische Bingo-Umweltstiftung = NBU) supports environment and nature protection projects as well as projects in the field of international development aid and preservation of monuments. The foundation is financed by lottery winnings, in particular the Bingo Environment Lottery. Please find further information here: www.bingo-umweltstiftung.de.


September 30, 2017 

Sam Essiamah erhält Ehrenamtspreis / Sam Essiamah awarded

Sam Essiamah was awarded by the Lower Saxony Bingo Environment Foundation (NBU) for his lifelong commitment to environment protection and education. The Lower Saxony Environment Minister, Stefan Wenzel, and the Executive Board Chair, Sigrid Rakow, handed over the prize which is a journey voucher and a donation for Schulwälder e.V.  "Sam Essiamah tries to make pupils become interested in nature and environment protection and the use of renewable envergy" explains Rakow the decision. 

German press reports: 



Photo: Christa Loose

June 19, 2017

Erfolgreiches Event: Umweltkonferenz in Agona Swedru / Successful Event: Environment Awareness Day in Agona Swedru


Allen Spenderinnen und Spendern danken wir für die Unterstützung! 

Thank you to those who supported us! 

Einige Bilder: / Some pictures: 

April 12, 2017

ICT-Buch veröffentlicht / ICT book launched


Copies can be ordered: info@schulwaelder.org or ambroselinsonarthur@gmail.com


April 10, 2017 

Sponsoren gesucht für unsere Umweltkonferenz in Ghana 
Sponsoring needed for our Environment Awareness Day in Ghana

Weitere Informationen entnehmen Sie bitte diesem Dokument: 

Please find further information in this document: 

Umweltkonferenz in Ghana.pdf



January 17, 2017 

Rückblick auf die Aktion "Miteinander Füreinander" / Public Event in Göttingen "Miteinander Füreinander"

Nun liegt es zwar schon einige Zeit zurück, aber wir möchten es trotzdem nicht versäumen, uns ganz herzlich bei den zahlreichen Spendern und Interessenten an unseren Projekten bei der „Miteinander Füreinander“-Benefizveranstaltung zu bedanken! 
Vielen herzlichen Dank auch an die fleißigen Helfer vor Ort im KaufPark! Der Vorsitzende unseres Vereins, Dr. Sam Essiamah, wurde tatkräftig von Sunguk und Hyojeong aus Korea und Pia (Freiwillige in Ghana 2015/16) unterstützt. Zusammen boten sie wunderschöne Produkte aus Ghana an und informierten über das Baumpflanzungs- und Solarlampenprojekt. Wir freuen uns bereits jetzt schon auf die nächste Aktion im November!

We are very happy and grateful for all the interest in our projects and the support we received at the last fund-raising event “Miteinander Füreinander” at KaufPark Göttingen! 
Together with three volunteers, Sunguk and Hyojeong from Korea and Pia (volunteer in Ghana 2015/16), Dr. Sam Essiamah provided information about our tree planting and solar lamp projects as well as sold wonderful products from Ghana! We are very thankful for the great assistance!
We are already now looking forward to the next event in November!



November 22, 2016

***Neues aus Nyakrom***

Vor der Baumschule steht nun ein Schild, auf dem alle beteiligten Partner genannt werden. Auch ansonsten geht es voran: Bereits 8000 Sämlinge verschiedener Baumarten wurden gezüchtet und 6000 davon bereits an Schulen verteilt. 

***News from Nyakrom***

There is now a signboard in front of the tree nursery project, indicating all partners. Apart from this, the work is going on very well: 8000 seedlings have been bred so far, 6000 of them had been distributed to schools. 



November 8, 2016 

Errichten einer Baumschule in Ghana / Building a tree nursery

Ein wichtiger Schritt zum Erreichen unseres Ziels nachhaltig Bäume auf Schulhöfen in Ghana zu pflanzen ist getan - zusammen mit der Niedersächsische Bingo-Umweltstiftung und Rapunzel Naturkost konnte Schulwälder für Westafrika e.V. und unser Partner in Ghana "Youth and Environmental Club" eine Baumschule in Nyakrom, Ghana, errichten! 
Ein wichtiges Anliegen bei diesem Projekt ist es den Kindern als zukünftige Akteure beizubringen, Verantwortung zu übernehmen, ökologisch zu denken und sich somit für Umwelt- und Klimaschutz als wichtigste Voraussetzung der Nachhaltigkeit einzusetzen. Wir setzen keine Herbizide, Pestizide und ähnliches ein, um den Boden nicht weiter zu verseuchen. Mit dem Verkauf von Obst, sowie Obst- und Zierbäumen wollen wir erreichen, dass die Baumschule in zwei Jahren finanziell unabhängig ist und Setzlinge weiterhin kostenlos an die umliegenden Projektschulen verteilt werden können. Die Unterstützung von freiwilligen Helfern wird jedoch ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Arbeit bleiben.

An important step in achieving our goal to sustainably plant trees on school compounds in Ghana is made – together with the Niedersächsische Bingo-Umweltstiftung und Rapunzel Naturkost, our partner in Ghana, the “Youth and Environmental Club”, was able to establish a tree nursery in Nyakrom!

It is of pivotal importance to us to include children in our projects, since as they are our future, it is crucial to teach children about the environment and climate. Only with children we will be able to create sustainable nature conservation schemes. In our work, we do not use any herbicides, pesticides or similar to avoid further contamination of the soil and water. We hope that after two years the tree nursery will be financially independent by selling fruits as well as fruit and decorative trees, and will be able to continue providing free seedlings to surrounding schools. The help of volunteers, however, will always be highly appreciated.


February 7, 2016

Unterstützung für das Solarlampen-Projekt / Support for the solar lamps project

Ein weiterer wichtiger Schritt zur Realisierung des Solarlampen-Projekts ist gemacht! 
Die Niedersächsische Bingo-Umweltstiftung unterstützt das Projekt mit 24.340 Euro! Wir bedanken uns sehr für diese großzügige Spende und das in uns gesetzte Vertrauen!

In 25 Schulen in Ghana (Agona Nyakrom in der Zentral-Region) verteilt der dortige „Youth and Environmental Club“ Unterrichtsmaterial und 750 Solarlampen. Weiterhin werden 30 engagierte Schüler an jeder Schule gesucht, um jeweils vier Bäume zu pflanzen und diese sechs Monate lang zu pflegen, dafür erhalten die Schüler als Belohnung eine Solarlampe kostenlos. „Damit zielt das Projekt auch darauf, Kindern theoretisches und praktisches Wissen über die Anpflanzung von Bäumen zu vermitteln, um deren Nachhaltigkeit zu sichern und die Wiederaufforstung von Schulhöfen als Beitrag gegen die Waldzerstörung zu realisieren“, sagt Stiftungsgeschäftsführer Karsten Behr.
Die Solarleuchten werden parallel zum Unterricht den Schülern zum Kennenlernen für einige Tage mitgegeben, damit sie und ihre Eltern Erfahrungen sammeln können. Da das Stromnetz keine dauerhafte Versorgung sicherstellt, sind die Menschen auf Alternativen angewiesen. Solarlampen haben eine deutliche höhere Leuchtkraft als herkömmliche Petroleumlampen, wodurch das Lesen und Lernen am Abend verlängert wird. Haushalte müssen nicht mehr regelmäßig Brennstoffe kaufen und die Solarlampen gefährden im Gegensatz zu Petroleum nicht die Gesundheit der Menschen. Sie erfahren zugleich Zusammenhänge des nachhaltigen Wirtschaftens und des Umweltschutzes.

The solar lamp project received a generous 24.340 Euro donation from the Niedersächsische Bingo-Umweltstiftung! We are very grateful for their support and the trust set in us and the solar lamp project!

Teaching material and 750 solar lamps will be distributed among 25 schools in Ghana (Agona Nyakrom, Central Region). The local “Youth and Environmental Club” supervises the project and will also implement a tree planting project. Thirty dedicated students from each school will plant four trees and take care of them for six months. They will be rewarded with free solar lamps, thereby the students will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in tree planting and sustainability.
Since the current electric power network does not ensure permanent power supply people depend on alternatives. Solar lamps provide safe and clean light and can replace the traditionally used petroleum or battery-powered lamps or candles, which will also save money. The solar lamps will enable families to organize their evenings more productively and children can do their homework and study in clean light. Thus, the solar lamp project combines sustainable management and conservation.



January 31, 2016

Danke! Thank you! 

Bereits seit 2010 unterstützt ERPA Systeme GmbH unseren Verein! Wir sind sehr dankbar für die erfolgreiche Zusammenarbeit!
Hier findest du weitere Informationen zu den gemeinsamen Projekten:http://erpa.de/unternehmen/unsere-projekte/ghana/index.html

ERPA Systems GmbH has supported our projects at School Forests for West Africa e.V. since 2010! We are very grateful for this fruitful collaboration! 
Read more about our projects here: http://erpa.de/en/company/our-projects/ghana/index.html


November 17, 2015

Naturschutzwoche für Kinder / Nature conservation week for children

Der Aktion „Naturschutzwoche für Kinder“ ist es nun schon zum dritten Mal gelungen, Kinder spielerisch für die Natur und den Umweltschutz zu begeistern. Die „Naturschutzwoche für Kinder“ wird vom Natur-Netz Niedersachsen e. V. organisiert. Zusammen mit insgesamt 56 niedersächsischen Umweltstiftungen und Organisation wurden 82 verschiedene Aktionen durchgeführt – angefangen vom Nistkastenbauen und der Apfelsaftherstellung bis hin zur Baumpflanzung und dem Errichten eines Bienenstandes. Natürlich waren auch wir vor Ort! Der Vorsitzende unseres Vereins „Schulwälder für Westafrika e.V.“ Dr. Sam Essiamah besuchte unter anderem die „Schule am Sonnenbrink“ in Stadthagen. Die Schüler der zweiten Klasse lernten das Ökosystem Regenwald kennen und pflanzten einen Ginkgobaum. Gleichzeitig haben auch die Kinder an der ghanaischen Partnerschule „Breman Esiam Roman Catholic Primary School“ einen Mahagoni- und Teakbaum gepflanzt. Die „Grundschule am Sonnenbrink“ gehört schon seit 2006 zu unseren Partnern und so entstand bereits ein Schulwald an der Partnerschule in Ghana.

During the „Nature conservation week for children“ about 5000 children had the opportunity to learn about nature and conservation in a playful and hands-on manner. Organized by the Natur-Netz Niedersachsen e. V. and 56 other environmental organizations children were able to take part in 82 different activities including building a nesting box, preparing fresh apple juice, planting trees and helping to protect honey and wild bees! Naturally, we contributed as well! Among others, the head of our association “School Forests for West Africa” Dr. Sam Essiamah met with second-year students at the “Primary School am Sonnenbrink”. The students discussed the ecosystem rain forest and planted a ginkgo tree. At the same time a tree planting event took also place at the Ghanaian partner school “Breman Esiam Roman Catholic Primary School”, where students planted a mahogany and teak tree. Already since 2006 the “Primary School am Sonnenbrink” supports tree planting activities in Ghana and helped in establishing a school forest there!