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Going behind the scenes with Adjoa Andoh in Ghana

12th March 2024

From playing Lady Danbury in Netflix’s Bridgerton to Francine Jones in Doctor Who, Adjoa Andoh spends a lot of her time on stage or appearing on our TVs. But have you ever wondered what she gets up to in between those captivating performances? Earlier this year, Adjoa generously shared a glimpse into her off-stage moments as she visited a Tree Aid project in Yendi in northern Ghana to see our work in action.

Inspired by the work we are doing Adjoa has recorded our BBC Radio 4 Appeal telling the story of Paulina, a mother of two dealing with the effects of the climate crisis in northern Ghana.

Join us as we go behind the scenes of Adjoa’s trip and explore her passion for Tree Aid’s work and the appeal.

 

Adjoa visits our projects in Ghana

Adjoa has a deep love for trees and a profound connection to one of our program countries—Ghana. Her father is Ghanaian, and she has many happy memories of her time spent with family in this vibrant country.

In northern Ghana, the Daka river is a lifeline for local communities. It provides a means for drinking, washing, cooking, and farming. But with the increasing loss of trees, degrading soil fertility and impacts of the climate crisis, the water level can easily run low, and the river dries out for months on end, leaving communities without vital resources. In partnership with Ecosia, we are working with these communities to grow millions of trees to provide food and income and restore the river and the land.

 

It's not just about the trees though

From making grass briquettes to turning shea nuts into shea butter and learning about climate-smart farming, Adjoa saw much more than just trees growing. She saw how these new approaches to restoration, and ways of generating sustainable incomes from tree produce has transformed the lives of people here, particularly some of the women she met on her visit.

Adjoa reflected how Tree Aid “is supporting women into growing trees as a way of earning a living. Trees hold the land together and in times of climate crisis when soil is so badly eroded, we need more trees.”

 

“We have to think about new ways which we can support people who live off the land at this time of great climate crisis, and Tree Aid is doing amazing work in this area,”
Adjoa Andoh

Paulina's story and the appeal

Adjoa is passionate about Tree Aid’s cause and the “amazing work” we do. That’s why this month, she has recorded a BBC Radio 4 Appeal for Tree Aid.

The stories that we tell can enact real change

Adjoa has expressed her belief that the arts can help address both poverty and the climate crisis, particularly through storytelling. “When we are told stories, we are given a window into a world which isn’t the one we are preoccupied with day to day; it changes our worldview,” she said. “That’s what stories are for.”

Adjoa is using her passion and talent to share Paulina’s story with listeners across the world in Tree Aid’s appeal. Paulina is a mother of two living in Northern Ghana and dealing with the increasing effects of the climate crisis. To learn more about Paulina's story and how our projects are supporting communities deal with changing weather and uncertain incomes, then click here.

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