We believe that cross-cultural partnerships form a solid foundation for sustainable community development. Since our organization’s formation in April 2007, our members, with the support of many people in the Ghanaian villages of Kpoeta and Sokode, the Government of Ghana, and partnering agencies, including Heifer International, Johnson & Johnson, and the U.S. Navy have constructed and staffed the Kpoeta Community Clinic, built housing for the clinic staff, initiated construction on a kindergarten in Sokode, supported a livestock and beekeeping project in Sokode (Heifer International’s project #21-1037-01), initiated a solar cooker project in Sokode and Kpoeta, hosted speakers and an African Cultural Festival on the Elon campus, distributed over 500 children’s books to an Elementary School in Abor, Ghana.
We believe thatlocal people often have the best solutions to local problems. All of our projects in Ghana began at the request of community leaders in Ghana.
We believe in the greater good. All of our members and supporters volunteer their time, such that more than 90 percent of the over $100,000 raised to date in the U.S.A. and Ghana has gone directly into construction materials, medical supplies, solar cookers, books, livestock, bees, animal cages and hives, and other direct costs. Specialists including roofers, plumbers, and electricians have been paid for services which cannot be provided by community members. Community laborers receive a meal daily, campus speakers receive modest honorariums, and community outreach workers and educators received a portion of the funds donated to Sokode via Heifer International. All Elon students pay their own way to Ghana and the U.S. Navy has donated ship space to transport books free of charge. We are proud to be able to make such effective use of funds received.
We embrace lifelong intellectual and personal growth and linking scholarship with partnerships.Our outreach and educational efforts in the U.S.A. have included hosting talks by experts on development and healthcare in Africa and Ghanaian history. Our members have given talks at area schools and churches as well as on the Elon campus to raise awareness of the need for improved access to healthcare, especially in Ghana’s rural areas, where approximately 55 percent of the population does not live within an hour of a health care facility, using any means of transportation (Mba and Kwankye, Population, Health and Development in Ghana, 2007). Our members also have given papers at professional conferences in the U.S.A., Ghana, and Austria and had articles published in academic journals on development issues in Ghana (Frontani and Taylor, 2009 in Progress in Development Studies; Schulz and McGreevy, 2009 in Visions Magazine; McCullough and Diemer in Visions Magazine; Frontani, Silvestri, and Brown, 2009 in Africa Media Review).