<![CDATA[BSNconnect - HOME]]>Sat, 30 Dec 2017 01:54:59 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Mission Trip to Ghana to Build!]]>Sun, 24 Dec 2017 21:33:48 GMThttp://bsnconnect.org/home/mission-trip-to-ghana-to-build
If you believe, You can build it!

Vision: To bring an old technology back into the spot light as a viable and sustainable home/shelter building solution for anyone that wants to take on the task of developing and building adequate, affordable, and sustainable housing for themselves and communities in Ghana.

Mission: Get viable and sustainable technology into production; educate and demonstrate the benefits of building adequate, affordable, and sustainable housing through projects that improve the living conditions of the youth of Ghana and their communities.

Goal: Administer and make this building technology available to everyone in Ghana Africa.

​My wife and I have enjoyed the last 14 years together by the grace of God. We've always had a desire to travel to Ghana Africa to visit historical monuments and to seek out our heritage. In recent times, our desire has only grown stronger- never fading. We realize that Ghana and other African countries are facing growing housing crisis. Adequate, affordable, and sustainable housing development seems to be the main topic all over the world these days, even in the US. Therefore, adequate, affordable, and sustainable housing development is our main focus.

Our goal is to bring an old building technology back to the world stage, permanently. Slightly redesigned, our building technology will be affordable for anyone that wants to take on the task of developing or building adequate, affordable, and sustainable housing for themselves or communities in Africa. After doing much needed research, we began to visualize our building project and settled on a final blueprint for fabrication. Now we're ready to bring it to life! That's why we are seeking your help right now. In order to get this project into production we need your support. Your support will allow us to finally get passed the production stage and help us get a handle on administering more building projects in Ghana.

We want to be able to offer our building solutions to others that can benefit from having a building method that will assist them in improving living conditions for themselves or people in need. More Ghanaians will be able to better serve their communities with technology that makes building homes faster, adequate, affordable, and sustainable.

​My wife and I are dedicated to our mission, we've “made up our minds” on spending the rest of our lives feeding our passions: helping others that are less fortunate through community development projects. ie.(housing, agriculture, self sustainability, education, art, entrepreneurship, etc.) We started our own Etsy Shop where we love to make and sell our handmade products. Selling our own handmade products has truly been a blessing towards helping us raise funding for our mission but unfortunately we still need a bit more help. We appreciate your time and all of your support whether great or small.
Thank you for visiting our online Etsy Shop and stopping by our website.
God Bless!

<![CDATA[Ten Things to Consider before Relocating to Ghana, facts and figures]]>Sun, 24 Dec 2017 20:09:47 GMThttp://bsnconnect.org/home/ten-things-to-consider-before-relocating-to-ghana-facts-and-figures

The reality is it is hard to get jobs in Ghana when you do not have the links to an agency or the who you know syndrome. I am a recruiter please take my word for it. It is equally hard if not harder to start a business in Ghana, and the reality here is that you cannot run an effective business from outside Ghana.
So here is my facts and figures direct from Ghana, I hope it helps. When you take the decision to move you need:

1) A house – a place to live, if you do not have a family home or you wish to rent a place you are looking at minimum 350 GHs ($230) per month for rent for an unfurnished property (1/2 bedroom) to about 500 GHs ($330). For furnished properties they start from $500 per month (1-3 bedroom) to over $1000 per month, this will all depend on the location of the property etc. Please note if you use an agent they will charge you before you have even given them your requirements to search and there are dodgy ones too. So it best to get help from trusted friends and family and referrals really.

2) A car – moving around in Ghana is expensive, if you have your own car it will save you on transport cost. To fill your tank ranges from depending on the car 30 GHs to as much as 100 GHs. If you don’t have a car you can charter taxis they range between 30 – 50 GHs depending on the number of hours, they usually work with 15Ghs per hour, if you get a good one maybe 10 GHs per hour.

3) Comforts – well it’s hot in Ghana so air condition is a must for some of us and a fan. If you get an unfurnished property and you get an air con installed you are looking at about between 600Ghs – 700Ghs for the air con and the installation. Ceiling Fans are cheap if you go to Accra a good one costs 35 GHs, I found a Chinese place that sell it whole sale prices, a Ghanaian shop will sell It to you 65/70 GHs. Standing fans are about the same price but can be more depending on brand etc.

4) Utility – electricity per month ranges between 10 GHs for low consumption 60Ghs middle and 100 GHs up for high usage. You can have a meter or pre-paid where you pay in advance. Telephone you can have this installed by any of the networks ranges from 120Ghs but getting numbers etc you will need to check with the provider. Mobile networks this again is a choice, I personally think they can all do better. But for calls Vodaphone is OK and internet Expresso. Gas if you use a gas cooker you need to buy a cylinder (60Ghs) and the gas the quantity you need.

5) Food – if you go to the market it is cheaper you can have a good shop for 100GHs. If you buy local it costs more even though it may be convenient. Please remember that snacks and certain things you may see as a basic abroad in Ghana is a luxury so cost more, things like branded items, drinks etc. House hold – fridge a must have from 450Ghs, microware 150 GHs, cooker from 300 GHs. It is better if you can ship this items down, will be cheaper and even better quality as it will be your choice.

6) If you have children – school fees are high here and how much you pay depends on the school etc. for nursery up to 5 years you are looking at from $400 up per term for primary hmmm! more $600 up per term. The better the school the more you pay. Remember uniforms, books costs etc.

7) To stay in a local hotel you are looking between 60GHs – 100 GHs for the 5 start ones from $150 – $200 per night. To hire a car (4X4) between $150 per day with a driver. If you hire for a longer period they will reduce it a bit

8) This will be a personal choice; there are private clinics you can join at a price. Please note in Ghana if you do not have money for hospital it could be fatal. So ensure you have some insurances somewhere.

9) A job – please the reality is you are unlikely to get the same salary as you are used to, but are likely to get some benefits that will more or less equal your salary when quantified. It is important to not think because you have lived abroad you will get a high salary, not always true and very much depends on the job and company. Prepare your mind for a lower salary. But even with a lowered salary you will still live comfortably.

10) Mindset – the mindset on ground is very different and takes some getting used to. Visiting and living in Ghana are too different things. Please note that things are not as forward as you may have been told or given the impression. The biggest battle is dealing with mindset and old ways of doing things. Processes are slow and what should take 1 hour could take you days.

Also lower your expectations to avoid disappointments and where possible do things for yourself rather than getting others to do it; it will save you time and money.

Finally the prices I have given you are from what I know and have directly experience, other people may also have lower or higher. I would also say that as prices go up and not really down in Ghana you add between 15% – 25% on top of prices as the variance between suppliers and service providers is wide.

​To read more of this article go to http://afroeuro.org/magazine/?p=4532
​By: Anita Wiafe
​Source: afroeuro.org
<![CDATA[Moving to Ghana]]>Sat, 23 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://bsnconnect.org/home/moving-to-ghana
Apart from the heat, some of the first things that new expats moving to Ghana will notice are the friendly people and laid-back atmosphere. Whether moving from North America, Europe or even from the bustling West African countries, Ghana is known to be a bit sleepy. From Accra, the country's coastal capital, to the dusty northern towns of Tamale and Bolgatanga that border the Sahara Desert, Ghana is safe, relatively quiet and peaceful.

Ghana generally suffers less from crime, corruption and political instability than its neighbors and other Sub-Saharan African countries. The country is a mild introduction to what makes Africa tick, and expats are eased into what to expect before moving on to more intense experiences in countries such as Angola, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC).

The expat community in Ghana has grown over the years and become quite diverse. Lebanese traders who have been in the country for generations have been joined by Christian missionaries, diplomats, aid workers and more recently, professionals from the private sector. That said, the entire expat community only constitutes about eight percent of the total population.

People move to Ghana for many reasons. Some expats in Ghana want to ‘give back’ by making a difference in a safe part of Africa. Many of these volunteers pay their way to Ghana and exist on a small stipend over their two-month to two-year stay. Conversely, an increasing number of expats are flooding into the country because of the growing hydrocarbon, telecommunications, mining and transportation industries. Highly skilled foreigners will find that salaries far exceed that of their home countries for the same work, and that companies view Ghana as a hardship posting, which brings additional financial benefits.

Schooling in Ghana can be a concern, and most expats will need to ensure that an education allowance is provided by their sponsoring company or diplomatic mission. The local school system is modelled after the traditional British system, and corporal punishment is the norm. There are a limited number of excellent private schools in Accra, but enrolment is limited and tuition is incredibly pricey.

Getting used to the weather in Ghana can be a challenge. There are year-round temperatures of between 82°F (28°C) and 100°F (38°C) and an average humidity of 85 percent, with the only distinction in season being precipitation, which is heaviest between March and November.

Water and electricity in Ghana are not reliable and most expats will need to install generators, water pumps and storage tanks for when the mains supply fails. Life without functioning air-conditioning in Ghana is uncomfortable.

There are a few modern hotels and beach facilities in Ghana for expats to cool off though, and a small but growing list of continental restaurants and nightlife venues are popping up in the main cities of Accra, Takoradi and Kumasi.

With many parts of the Sub-Saharan Africa region emerging as markets of the future, Ghana is proving a favorite destination for expats. In particular, the instability in neighboring countries has propelled Ghana to the forefront as a viable alternative for families seeking an African experience in a stable, safe environment.

To read more of this article go to expatarrivals.com/ghana/moving-to-ghana

Source: expatarrivals.com