West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings
The Adinkra Symbols site receives many requests
for files from non-profit organizations. The mission of the site is
to provide non-profits with files at no charge. We also want to promote
their good work. Here is a partial listing of organizations that have
used adinkra symbols in their projects, with links and a short description
from their site.
Kuntu is a small village of about 800 residents in the Central Region of Ghana, West Africa, near Cape Coast. The mission of the Kuntu Village Nkosohen Committee-USA and the Kuntu Village Nkosohen Association (Ghana) NGO is to help the citizens of Kuntu village improve their lives through education.
This organization has a really interesting history. It grew out of a trip made to Ghana by Betty and Perry Kirklin in 2000. Perry was made a sub-chief of Kuntu in charge of development. The organization has accomplished a lot, including shipping a 20 foot container of books, computers and school supplies, and providing scholarships for students and teachers
Aidme-Ghana is a Non- governmental organization (NGO), non-political, non-profit volunteer organization, founded by Ghanaians, British and Dutch volunteers. "People of ALL NATIONALITIES are warmly invited to join us!" as they say on their website.
The main aim of Aidme-Ghana is to assist poor and rural people, particularly children, in deprived communities to better their lives in terms of education and health. The program is based in Wa, in the upper northwest corner of Ghana.
Volunteers serve for a minimum of two months, and live with a local host family. Aidme-Ghana also welcomes donations to support their work.
IDEAS is an invention and entrepreneurship competition with community service at its core. The Competition encourages teams to develop and implement projects that make a positive change in the world. Entries are judged on their innovation, feasibility, and potential community impact.
"The symbol Boa Me NA Me Mmoa Wo means in English 'help me and let me help you'. This is a great match for IDEAS because teams all collaborate with under-served communities to co-develop solutions to their pressing problems. The teams gain invaluable educational and cultural experience while helping the communities solve their problems."
"Your website is so useful, what a great initiative. We have found using your symbols a brilliant way of communicating some difficult ideas and a great visual resource - the Sankofa for example is particularly relevant to our current campaign. And people are interested in them, so it gets them thinking and asking questions."
Anti-Slavery's current campaign is to mark the bicentennial of the abolition of the slave trade (in the UK), aiming to encourage understanding about the legacies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade (racism etc) and to address those legacies honestly, reflecting on those who were enslaved and celebrate the resistance of those who fought slavery. The organization is also active in the fight against slavery that exists today. Go to www.antislavery.org/2007 to find out more.
Women in Progress
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American Immigration Law Foundation
Parents for Inclusion
Left: Cover of their publication "All our children belong", with
Sesa Woruban on the cover.
Please send an e-mail if you would like to suggest other non-profit sites of interest. Thanks!
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