Monday, August 27, 2007

Our African Huts!

Here are the first two african huts in Ghana!!!!

Nicky has just been to Ghana and sent these pictures of our newly completed huts! :)

She has met Carmen and her daughters, Patrick who is also our neighbour in Ayenyah, and Kike & friend who have been our first hosts!

WIsh I could have been with you guys!


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

You Tube video for Volunteers in Orphage

From OA:

We just make a volunteer orientation that can help volunteers before coming to Ghana. Have a look.

Any commets are more than welcome!!!!

The name of the NGO will change at the end of the year, from ORPHANAGE AFRICA become ORPHANAID AFRICA, that is why is coming this name in the video.

I hope that can help you.


Monday, May 14, 2007

Traditional African Huts for Rent

Huloa all,

Carmen from Orphanage Africa has sent me this link for any of you planning ahead your holidays, and want to experience something new:


The African huts have been designed and constructed by Patrick, (who is also completing Nicky´s and mine nearby) and the proceeds are invested back into the Orphanage.

Besos all

Monday, April 9, 2007


In the few months since the last entry there have been a few lucky changes!

Dhaniella and Mathias have had their beautifull baby boy Darius!!! Here you can see him sleeping and also with his Mama, Que guapeton!

Carmen also has finalised the adoption of her two beautifull daughters -the sisters Attah and Adjoa.

And on my side, Fabrizio and I are engaged! Que flipe!

I am also attaching one of the pictures received recently from Ghana with the hut and friend workers. I have heared that its practically finished and cant wait to have more recent picts.


Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Regan's visit Orphanage Africa

Regan, a volunteer friend from Orphanage Africa, has recently sent this email, which i have summarised, cut and copied below.
(Also from here Regan, Dhaniella, and I want to thank Luis and Katrin who have recently donated money to Orphanage Africa, gracias asap!)

7 January 2007

The day I left Barcelona heading to Ghana I was a mess. I cried about 5 times in the BCN airport over the littlest things, I think I was exhausted and overly anxious for the trip. To complete the circle, I cried in the Ghanaian airport heading back to Ghana...but these were real tears and not over little matters.

I knew that leaving the children and Ghana would be hard, but it was exceptionally difficult this time around. The Orphanage Africa children are a family, and you suddenly join it. You become either an Auntie or an Uncle from the second you enter and the kids latch onto you, leap into your heart and hang on tight. Due to the holidays the kids were on break from school, so we really did get to spend a lot of time with them.

We have about 6 kids in the home, out of 50, that are HIV positive. A couple of them have a more developed form and are taking anti-retrovirals. Lisa, when she saw how upset I was, reminded me of these other kids also infected. After being in our care they are really healthy, you would never guess that they had the virus. But I had met those other children already knowing they were infected. I was actually holding Salimatu when they told me, and what a difference that makes.

Well, that is the reality there so I guess one just needs to accept and hope for the best. On a positive note, Salimatu and the others are fortunate to be in our care since we provide a very healthy diet to our children, lots of love and personal care, and we are one of the few organizations that are able to provide our children with anti-retroviral treatment for HIV/AIDS. Unfortunately it is quite expensive…we desperately need more anti-retrovirals and would appreciate any help in getting more donated and sent to Ghana.

Hours before my flight the children encircled me and sang their ritual good-bye song… “love is something if you give it away”. I still catch myself humming the tune almost one week later...I keep trying to get some heavy metal song stuck in my head to feel less soft these days, but to no avail…

So, this marks the end of a really long email…for only a short journey, two weeks really is nothing. But to me it feels like 3 years, since that is when I first began collaborating with Orphanage Africa and when I met most of the kids for the first time. I am so happy to be a part of this organization and that so many of my friends have become involved over the years. It was amazing to have shared this experience with Ashley, and look - now she is the President of OA in the United States! And we have a USA branch now which is very exciting...if you would like to know how you can help from wherever you happen to be located, feel free to get in touch with Ashley or me.

Afe hyia pa / Happy New Year!

Oodles of love…

(in case anyone wished to donate to Orphanage Africa, you can contact Regan or Dhaniella at 93 317 23 28 or check out

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Happy New Year!

Back from Christmass Holidays, which i hope everyone has highly enjoyed. Meanwhile I have fresh pictures from Ghana received today! Carmen who is out there has just sent them, Patrick and his team have been working hard these holidays, and after having cleared the area, they have already built the structure.

Here are some pictures, of the structure of the first hut, the view from the hut (the tree houses will go up later)

I am happy to say that Nicky Keefe has joined in the Dalaghana Experience :), and she is also buying land and going to build there too, so we will be neibours not only in Barcelona but also in Ghana! -a ver si os animais mas and we have our little African community out there (for less than 1000 Euros per plot!)

All the best for 2007,

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Land in Ghana?

Amazing but true!

Ghana posted N. 2 in Top 5 Real Estate Investment Markets!!! So if anyone else is willing to goin and buy land here are some picts.


Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Top 5 Emerging Real Estate Markets for 2006
By Rhiannon Williamson

Successful real estate investors are well aware that one of the fundamental keys to building a successful property portfolio is the careful timing of market entry; therefore investors always seek to buy ahead of an emerging trend and often take a national or international perspective when looking for the next big thing in terms of real estate.

In 2006 there are five countries that stand head and shoulders above all other nations worldwide in terms of the potential their real estate markets present property investors.

This article offers you an overview of each country so that you can choose where to make your next real estate purchase.

Costa Rica – The CIA World FactBook has recently begun listing Costa Rica as “a Central American success story” because the Costa Rican government have successfully established an economically and politically stable country in which more overseas investors are focusing their financial interests.

The retiree and second home markets in Costa Rica are growing as is tourism interest and the country offers visitors and expatriates a stunning climate, an abundance of rare and beautiful flora and fauna, it is bordered by both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean and the standard of living is both high and affordable.

The real estate sector in Costa Rica offers investors an affordable platform and the Costa Rican government offer investors certain tax breaks and incentives to commit to the country.

Ghana – Located in West Africa Ghana is a stunningly beautiful country with palm fringed, white sandy beaches and an incredibly forward thinking and progressive government.

The government of Ghana are committed to improving the economic conditions in Ghana and are targeting foreign direct investment and making significant constitutional changes to allow for freer flowing investment which will in turn attract greater overseas economic interest.

The country has a growing tourism sector which requires accommodation units to let out to visitors offering a real estate investor an immediate opportunity for rental yield. And the long term economic prospects for Ghana are positive which should give a property purchaser long term capital growth prospects from any investment made.

Malaysia – Economically speaking Malaysia is built on very solid foundations and is benefiting from closer export ties to China, low inflation, a small external debt and good foreign exchange reserves.

The country also has a growing tourism sector and a vibrant city based young executive market - either of which a property investor could target for rental income. Real estate in Malaysia is affordable and economic indicators suggest that property prices will continue to rise steadily over the medium to long term giving an investor the chance to reap capital growth from any investment made as well.

Qatar – Forget Dubai for she’s a blown rose! The next big Middle Eastern real estate marketplace is Qatar where constitutional changes have been effected to allow for foreign freehold ownership of property in certain key geographic areas and where overseas investment is flooding in.

The Qatari government are actively targeting foreign investment into all business sectors and establishing an oil-independent economy that should be forever sustainable. The property sector is entirely secondary to the government’s focus, therefore an investor can rest assured that demand for real estate in Qatar will remain strong as the majority of buyers are purchasing for long term accommodation not purely for investment gain.

Turkey – In 2005 Turkey finally began the process for EU accession and immediately received substantial investment commitment from Dubai. The real estate market is already doing very well in Turkey especially in Istanbul and along the Turkish Rivera, but this investment boost will help to raise infrastructure standards in Turkey and has also already boosted worldwide interest in this vast and impressive country.

Real estate investors buying today will benefit from a growing tourism market, increased foreign direct investment as Turkey moves towards EU membership and also a property market that is currently under priced and that has massive room for price expansion.

Hopefully these hot tips will give you some food for thought and assist you with your next real estate property portfolio purchase.

Rhiannon Williamson is a freelance writer whose articles about property investing and emerging real estate markets have appeared in publications around the world. She is currently working on a brand new property investment resource

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