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The Sankofa Foundation

Sometimes going back is the best way forward

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The Sankofa Foundation supports the village of Iture by providing access to education, health care, community development and sustainability. 

The Sankofa Foundation Supports

Education:   In, the village there are over 100 kids of school-going age. There is no school in the village and kids have to trek back and forth from school each day, in some instances 10 kilometers. The Sankofa Foundation helps make transportation available to these kids and procure them school supplies: bags, books, shoes, pens and pencils, school uniforms,  etc, as they enter the new academic year.

Health Care:  The Village of Iture is committed to the care for their elders.  The Sankofa Foundation helps support the village Social Support Program for the Aged and Physically Challenged.

Community Development:  the Sankofa Foundation is helping to complete their village Information and Communication Technology (ICT) center which was stalled due to lack of funds. 

Sustainability:  Focusing on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

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Our Story

The Sankofa Foundation (TSF) is a branch of I.B Sawubona that partners with local Ghana organizations in helping villages in Ghana get access to education, health care, community development, environmental justice, and sustainability.  


Our Standard of Support:  The Sankofa Foundation believes in Scholarship not Sponsorship. We believe scholarships empower students to continue to have an active role in their education.  We have found sponsorship can lead to dependency on charitable giving, where scholarship can lead to empowerment, confidence and self-sufficiency.  Likewise, the Sankofa believes in “Get to Give Back”.  The spirit of Sankofa is to give back.  We encourage all receipts who receive support from the Sankofa Foundation to find ways to pay if forward and help others.


The Sankofa Foundation is 100% Community Driven.  It is important TSF takes the time to learn the culture, customs, and history of the community in order to be a better partner, collaborator, and supporter to that community.  We also believe that the community knows what is best for their community, so TSF assistance comes with “no strings” attached, only supports.


Lastly, The Sankofa Foundation believes in sustainability.  

Currently, The Sankofa Foundation is supporting the village of Iture in Ghana.   In, the village there are over 200 kids of school-going age. There is no school in the village and kids have to trek back and forth from school each day., in some instances 10 kilometers. The Sankofa Foundation helps to make transportation available to these kids as well as procure them school supplies: bags, books, shoes, pens and pencils, school uniforms,  etc, as they enter the new academic year.

In addition, the Sankofa Foundation is helping to complete their village Information and Communication Technology (ICT) center which was stalled due to lack of funds.  Over 98% of the youth in this village have never had the feel of a computer mouse in their hand.

Lastly The Sankofa Foundation will help create opportunities for members of the community to learn a vocation.  Following the African Proverb: Give a man to fish and you can feed him for a day, but if you teach him how to fish you can feed him and his family for a lifetime

Update: 2/10/2024:  Today over 50 students and eldery are being helped by your donations
Madasi
(Thank you)

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The Inspiration to Give Back

Like many people, I went to Ghana to visit and learn more about my roots, to hear the stories of the transatlantic trade slave from the perspective of the hunted rather than the hunter, and to give back to Ghana.  The more I learned, the more I realized what I did not know.  The more I heard the more I was humbled.  The more I gave, the more I realized I was falling short compared to what I gained. 

Ghana gave me the experience walking down the street free of racism. Something I have never felt before. Ghana gave me the stories of the struggle and tragedies of our ancestors that gave me the determination to never to give up nor complain.   Ghana reminded me we are Kings and Queens and treated us as such.  And Ghana embraced me as family and welcomed me home.

Upon returning to America, I reached out to our tour Guide and expressed my desire to give back and asked for help in identifying a school, village, or organization needing assistance.  I was overjoyed when I heard the village of Iture, which is the same village that welcomed me home and granted me a new name (Papa Kweku Ababio.  “The Good Man Who Came Back Home”), needed support.

In just two short months The Sankofa Foundation has been able to help over 25 kids go to school for the very first time.  In addition, a Social Support Program for the aged and physically challenged has been established.  However, there is much more to be done.  There are still kids unschooled, elders who need support, and a need for vocational training and community development. 

The world owes Africa and The Sankofa Foundation helps repay a debt we all owe by providing access to education, health care, community development, environmental justice, and sustainability.

 

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100% OF ALL DONATIONS GO TO THE VILLAGE OF ITURE
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 Dion C. Jordan AKA Papa Kweku Ababio.  “The Good Man Who Came Back Home”.

Gye Nyame

Except God. A symbol expressing the omnipotence of God. Probably the most popular Adinkra symbol in Ghana.

Abe Dua

Palm tree. A symbol of wealth, resourcefulness, and self-sufficiency.

Akoben

War horn. A symbol of a call to action, readiness to be called to action, .

Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan

Love does not lose its way home. Those led by love always end up in the right place.

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