Ghana On The Horizon During November

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The big news continues! Last week I relaunched The Causemopolitan and can’t tell you how much it means to me the incredible response I got from people all across the globe.

This week I am excited to announce a trip that has been in the works these past few months and has finally all come together.

I’m headed to Ghana!

My partner-in-crime Taylor Davidson and I have talked a lot about the way we want to contribute in the world, and we know photos, videos and stories can have a huge impact. I also have a connection to Ghana because of the Cause It’s My Birthday series from last fall and then also Kiva has a presence there and from my time as a Kiva Fellow I have been wanting to visit other countries and field partners.

My friend, Drew Meyers, whom I first met through microfinance, helped with the birthday series and is just an incredible friend and like a brother to me, is going to be in Ghana in November with his friend Dan. They are volunteering for the microfinance institution Lumana Credit as part of their around-the-world journey.

With Drew there, the connection to Lumana, and a little bit of malaria nets left to deliver from Cause It’s My Birthday, it’s just too much coming together and too big an opportunity to pass up!

Taylor and I will be joining Drew and Dan in Ghana from November 8th until the 20th. We’ll be leading a few malaria net drops with local charities and NGOs, planning a “tech day” visit around Accra including Google’s office there and few startups we found through BarCampAccra and BarCampGhana, visiting a few cooperatives, exploring the countryside and making the most of our time there.

We’re always looking to make the most of our travels, and certainly my trip to Ghana is no different – and here’s where we could use your help!

  • People to connect with — Are there people in Ghana – whether they be techies, social entrepreneurs, or just amazing individuals passionate about what they do — that are “must meets” while we’re there? If so, I would love an introduction to see if we can coordinate something with them.
  • Connections at technology companies based in or near Accra – As I mentioned, on the November 11th, we’re looking to organize a few “tech visits” in Accra.
  • Tips, tricks or otherwise about Ghana.

I can’t wait for this trip, and to share much of it with you during and after with the content we create. I’m also going to be writing about what it takes to set up a trip like this (which has been a ton of work believe me)! If there are other things I can do to help YOU, as always let me know.

Here’s to Ghana!

Sloane Berrent
Sloane Berrent is a cause-based marketing and social branding consultant, nonprofiteer and budding social entrepreneur. She uses social media, product evangelizing, fundraising and community development services to help for-profit and nonprofit companies with a focus on social action campaigns. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she has lived in Burlington VT, Boston MA, Rome Italy, and Los Angeles, CA. She spent 2009 as a digital nomad, traveling the world experiencing life and volunteering including stints in South America, New Orleans and three months in the Philippines as a Kiva Fellow.

She co-created “Cause It’s My Birthday” a campaign to raise money (over $19k to date) and awareness for malaria prevention in Ghana. Sloane moved to New Orleans as her new home at the end of 2009 and co-launched NOLAlicious, a weekly newsletter of events in New Orleans. She was recently named the citizen journalist to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland for the MySpace and The Wall Street Journal communities. Her consulting practice, Answer With Action, focuses on strategic integrated marketing consulting. She speaks frequently on building community and blogs at The Causemopolitan.
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