We are working to build an three part community facility to help the Global African family. Please check the link and support our effort to raise the funds needs towards making this repatriation and education effort a reality. Any amount, no matter how big or small Counts! To support this effort, go to: http://www.gofundme.com/sankofa-center
Created by Kala Mujibha on April 4, 2014
Sankofa Community Center is a community building that will be created to support various events and activities for the education and upliftment of residents and visitors of Ghana, West Africa. This would be a free facility that would allow the community to have a safe and clean environment to interact. It will include computers and other technology that is not readily accessible to many Ghanaians. It will provide training and education programs for economically disadvantaged youth and adults. It will facilitate lectures and discussions on health and cultural education, historical exhibits, as well as provide free learning courses and materials.
The Sankofa Housing Facility will provide a safe, free place for Africans who need it. Those who plan to repatriate to Ghana but cannot find immediate housing will be able to stay within this facility. We also plan to provide temporary housing support to Ghanaian adults and children who may need it. It also will provide housing to staff members who help to keep the facility running (building maintenance, security personnel, etc).
The Sankofa Library is dedicated to preserving the research of scholars from Africa and the African diaspora on Africa's rich history and culture. Globally people of African descent have been kept from knowing the countless contributions that African people and civilizations have made to the world. It is our intent to build an extensive library in a central location that is easily accessible, especially to those of African descent who do not have the financial means to access such materials. Knowledge and information about our history builds pride, self-esteem. It opens the mind to new possibilities and encourages literacy. It is our expectation that this one of a kind facility will be able to provide such enriching experiences for Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians alike.
Why a community center, housing facility, and library:
All over the world there are disparaging amounts of people of African descent who exist at an economic and educational disadvantage. Comparatively, we are unaware of the historical contributions our ancestors have made in various areas such as science, technology, medicine and health, mathematics, sports, music, dance, etc. Africans living in Africa know very little about the history of the land they live on and the ancient people who once lived there. Lack of education and/or mis-education due to racism and colonization has often led to the poor self-esteem and belief in the inability to succeed. The alarming disparity continues to grow. It is our understanding that with education we can begin to combat many of the ongoing economic, social, and political issues plaguing African people world-wide. It is imperative that we preserve and make available the research and information of our scholars, as well as provide a space where we can create the programs and initiatives needed to close the gap.
Services that the community center will provide:
"¢ Free Housing for repatriates who are interested in moving to Ghana permanently and need a place to stay temporarily until they can obtain their own housing. While there is a policy that does not allow us to house Ghanaian children we can provide a safe haven for them to play and learn.
"¢ Classes and training for children and adults in all subjects and sports; including: Math, General Sciences, African languages, health sciences, emergency preparedness, computer science, entrepreneurial skills, leadership skills, African history, Rites of Passages, Homeopathic sciences (herbal remedies, iridology, massage, reiki, yoga, aroma therapy), soccer, swimming, African dance, drumming, wood carving, kente weaving, the list goes on.
"¢ Resources and learning materials via our library of books, videos, etc.
"¢ Lectures, conferences, and events to educate, support, and empower the community.
The meaning of Sankofa:
An Adinkra symbol from the Akan culture of Ghana, which means "go back and fetch." It's never too late to go back and fetch the knowledge of who our ancestors were and the contributions they've made. Even more so, it's not too late to learn from our past in order to create a better future.
How your financial contribution helps:
We plan to build a multi-story, eco-friendly,sustainable facility on a five acres of land, in a central location, preferably neighboring areas of Legon, in Accra Ghana. The facility will house an extensive library, auditorium, conference rooms, computer laboratories, youth facility and play area, and a housing facility. Your contribution will pay for purchasing the land, registering the organization in Ghana, building the facility, obtaining the materials (books, computers, other media and learning equipment, tables, chairs, etc.), and maintenance of the facility once it is complete.
About the facilitators of the Organization:
We are a group of families who work as professionals in various fields, mainly within academia as professors and advisors. We organize various activities for the community and have found it difficult to maintain our invaluable classes, events and services without a long term space.
Kala Mujibha is a freelance writer, biographer, photo-journalist, homeschooling mother of two. Raised in New York, she currently resides with her husband and children in Accra, Ghana. She's an organizer who is intensely focused on helping to develop a liberated, sovereign and self-sufficient Africa.Make a donation now at http://www.gofundme.com/sankofa-center