We are Douglass (Doug) Williams and Shiitake Mama, Ph.D. (formerly Sandra Dutreau Williams). We started Mushrooms in Ghana Project in 2008 after volunteering as mushroom consultants at Bemcom Youth Enterprises Association in Techiman, Brong Ahafo Regions, West Africa in 2007.
We created Mushrooms in Ghana Project to help expand the mushroom industry in Ghana as a whole; and specifically, introduce shiitake mushrooms for crop diversification and help build a spawn laboratory, as spawn is in short supply throughout Ghana and West Africa.
As the project received press attention and our mushroom presentations reached larger audiences, we received requests for information, financial support, and advice from all over the world. Everyone who wanted to grow oyster mushrooms could grow them, as the mushrooms will thrive on freely available organic waste materials. But in developing countries, healthy, vigorous spawn was not available or extremely difficult for farmers to get. The spawn laboratory emerged as a crucial need.
The project began under the nonprofit umbrella of The Magical Child Foundation. As Mushrooms in Ghana grew, the Magical Child Foundation Board voted to turn over the foundation to us so its purpose could be focused on mushrooms. Magical Child changed to Mushrooms for Well Being Foundation in 2014.