“Tuma Viela” is a project of the Adwuma
It is an initiative of Ellen Seldenthuis, a Dutch woman who
has lived and worked in Ghana since 2004.
“Tuma Viela” is the Dagbani translation
of “Adwuma Ye” which means “Good work”. This is the name of
the foundation she started when her activities in the Brong
Ahafo region were developing. There she started a workshop
for the mentally handicapped; coordinated an orphanage and
hiked 1000 kilometers through Ghana to raise money for a
local soccer team. When she moved to the Northern Region,
she founded “Tuma Viela” in early 2010, a unique project for
the people and the environment.
The Adwuma Ye foundation
The board of
Adwuma Ye consists of volunteers. Their view point is to do
good work without misappropriation of funds.
Adwuma Ye was founded in March of 2009.
The goals of the foundation:
Improving the capacity and independence of individuals or
groups who wish to develop a local initiative in Ghana, this
way enabling them to reach their goals and realizing their
dreams, and everything directly or indirectly connected or
The board of the foundation consists of
three members with each very specific tasks.
Daan Vermeer is the chairman of the foundation. He arranges coordinating tasks within the
foundation and is the contact person for external
organizations in The Netherlands.
Udo de Jong serves within the organization
Sytske Renkema serves within the organization
board members do not receive payment for their involvement!
People are more than welcome to advice the board or offer their
assistance as long as they are willing to do so on a
Ellen Seldenthuis is responsible for the execution of concrete tasks in
Ghana. She does this by shaping and organizing the projects.
She is the direct contact person for people and
organizations in Ghana. Ellen puts in the daily effort to
realize the goals of the foundation.
The foundations fully relies on periodic or incidental
contributions by sponsors and/or donations. This means a
constant search for people and/or organizations who can make
a financial contribution to enable the continuation of the
The foundation has an ANBI
declaration. This means that donations can be deducted
from certain taxes (rules and regulations apply).
A short summary:
Adwuma Ye Foundation
Swarte Ruiters 4,
9351 NN Leek
Phone-number in The Netherlands:
Phone-number in The Netherlands:
Phone-number in Ghana:
Chamber of Commerce
Registration number CoC: 01146770
Account number: 5154756 - ING Bank Roden
The BIC / SWIFT-code is:
The beauty of a country like Ghana is
overshadowed by the enormous litter problem.
A country with such a varied landscape, from coastal areas
with beautiful beaches to sloping hills, lakes, ancient rain
forests, large rivers and dry savanna’s.
But everywhere you look, the first thing
you notice, is garbage. You can’t ignore it because every
step you take, it is there. Ellen experienced that
personally in 2009, when she took on a 1000 kilometer hike,
straight through Ghana, starting at the most Northern tip on
the border with Burkina Faso, making her way to the most Southern coastal town.
During this hike, the idea of doing something with all this
trash was born.... The water and ice cream sachets were the
obvious choice, since they are the biggest problem and
everyone contributes to the pollution by carelessly
discarding these sachets left and right; in the streets, the
gutters, the forests and the beach, giving the country the
appearance of a giant landfill....
Ellen found a sponsor who was willing to
help her start up the ideas that had taken shape in her
mind; making schoolbags for the children of Tamale, and
thus, ‘Tuma Viela’ became a fact, from dream to reality!