#JinjaChallenge - Akosombo School

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Raised by 50 people in 2 months
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#JinjaChallenge


You guys know me as the Fuse ODG who makes music and represents Africa, but this is a project that has always been close to my heart.

Ten years ago, as teenagers in South London
my childhood friend and now manager (Mr Hackett) and I set up a community project giving young people an alternative to gangs. The aim of the project was :

1. To help the young people appreciate the opportunities they take for granted in the western world. 
2. Try to change the perceptions of young black males in the media which was almost always negative. 











Hackett and I asked our friends to volunteer and as a group we put on musical events and fundraisers in order to raise money to build a primary school in Ghana.




 


Four years later the school was built in a small town named Akosombo, in the eastern region of Ghana. We teamed up with an amazing charity called Woodworld Missions. The school has made a huge impact on the local community, providing the gift of education to hundreds of children who would otherwise not have been able to afford it or make the daily commute to the nearest school which is miles away.

 





However, the first cohort of children are now coming to the end of their primary education and are now in need of a secondary school by next September.

Again, the nearest secondary school is miles away and unaffordable for the local children.

This is where the Jinja Challenge comes in. My team and I would like to offer you the opportunity to make a difference with us. We want to build a new secondary school so that the first set of students that enrolled to the primary school, will have somewhere to go next year.

Our aim is to raise £250,000.00 by April and to build a secondary school by the next academic year in September 2017.

As a thank you token to all our donators, each persons name will be engraved on the wall of the new secondary school building.

When I think about what we are trying to achieve now in comparison to when we started the community project as teenagers it shocks me to think that nothing has changed except the scale of what we are doing. Instead of trying to balance the media's negative portrayal of young black people in London we are now addressing the issue on a global scale starting with Africa. As a people our collective self image is rooted in Africa. It does not take a scientist to know that the way you see yourself will have a direct effect on your actions and the decisions you make in life. 

The whole TINA movement is about reprogramming the worlds mental image of Africa, its people and its diaspora. This is a message we believe also goes beyond race. At the end of the day there is only one race that matters, the human race. As we all know, every human being black or white originates from Africa. The sooner we start remembering and focusing on our commonalities instead of our differences the sooner we can start healing as a human race, and build a New Africa Nation. 

Peace & Love 


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£1,795 of £250k goal

Raised by 50 people in 2 months
Created November 17, 2016
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ODG Records  
GH
£10
georgina holliday
6 days ago
RG
£10
Rob Gardner
7 days ago
£10
Frances Knight
10 days ago
£10
Anonymous
21 days ago
£50
Anonymous
29 days ago
DB
£5
daniel brown
1 month ago
MD
£40
Mercy Donkor
1 month ago
TE
£100
Tyrone Edmond
1 month ago

Showing love all the way from the U.S.A. It's a good look man. Appreciate you looking out for our people. Take care!

JK
£50
Jay Katatumba
1 month ago

So proud of this! We need more!

LO
£10
Lorraine Omari-Asor
1 month ago
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