The thought behind The Green House is to let tourists experience the local way of living in Ghana and by doing this to let the local people of Karimenga profit of the guest house. The Green House is not like an expensive hotel, we do not have any room with air-conditioning or even a fan.
Why not? Just because we would like you to experience the local way of living. But don’t be afraid! The rooms are well ventilated and are actually even quite cool!
So come around, stay a while and enjoy a comfortable way of experiencing the local way of living!
Besides the use of a guest house as a sleeping place, we think it is also nice to experience the local way of living by doing activities in and around Karimenga. The list of activities we organize:
- Village tour with a visit to the chief
- Herbal tour
- Fishing in the White Volta River
- Visiting farmers
- Visit a sooth sayer
- Bird watching tour
- Drumming lessons
- Fun games (with the youth): football, badminton, volleyball, oware
- Story telling
- Bicycle rent
- Learn how to weave a traditional basket
- Learn how to prepare sheanut butter
Also our food is local, if you want to. You can choose if you would like to eat local food (T.Z., Yam, Fufu, etc.) or you can choose to eat some simple European dishes (spaghetti, potato chips). It is up to you!
The Green House, as the guest house in Karimenga is called, is a pro-poor tourism project. This means that the profit made by the guest house, goes mainly to the community of Karimenga. This money is used for two main purposes:
1. The savings account for the youth of Karimenga, of which The Green House finances the school fees of the Secondary Senior School for some of the youth of Karimenga
2. The bonus salary for the staff members of The Greenhouse
Ibrahim Salifu is the co-owner of the Green House Ghana and the person who runs the guesthouse, together with Nsorbila (night guard) and Fatima (cook / receptionist).
This accommodation provider has taken action to address one or more issues (whether environmental, social or cultural) which will contribute positively to the long term viability of the destination and hence their site displays a Caring for the destination rating.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
The thought behind the Green House Ghana, is to raise money to send the youth of Karimenga to the Senior Secondary School, as the government of Ghana does not subsidises the school fees and most parents in Karimenga are not able to pay for the fees. Next to that, we are trying to support the community by employing people living in Karimenga.
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
Right now, several kids have been send to Senior Secondary School and, with money from the Green House (and its guests) a library has been built in Karimenga.