The mission of the Kuntu Village Nkosohen Committee-USA is to help Kuntu villagers develop in education and self-sufficiency. Problem issues in Kuntu include poverty, illiteracy and lack of health care. Most villagers are fishermen, farmers or market traders and earn little more than $1 a day. Over 90% of Kuntu adults are illiterate and cannot read or write. The nearest health care services are 10 miles away in Saltpond. We are not alone to solve the problems of poverty, illiteracy and health care in Kuntu but we work with Kuntu to help themselves. The logo of KVNC-USA is the Adinkra symbol "Boa me na me mboa wo" which translates "Help me and I help you". You, too, can help by donating to KVNC-USA. "Nkosohen" is the Fante word for "Development Chief".
Kuntu Village Nkosohen Committee-USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with IRS EIN 11-3657354 eligible for tax-exempt public support. Education has been our first concern. Free public education ends at 9th grade and few Kuntu families can afford senior high school (SHS) fees. Our Nkosohen Scholarship program will pay the SHS fees for all Kuntu youth who qualify with a passing score on the 9th-grade exit exam. We solicit donors to sponsor the SHS scholars. Individuals and organizations can sponsor a Kuntu youngster to attend SHS for a donation of $450.
An Appeal: The Nkosohen Scholarship Program needs your support. Although the SHS scholarship program has many committed supporters, we have never had sponsors for 100% of our students. And, although SHS fees have increased each year and now exceed $600 per year, we think asking sponsors for more than $450 per scholar would be counter productive. Thanks to the financial commitment of our founder and a small matching grant from the Mobil Oil Foundation, we have paid SHS fees for all Kuntu SHS students since 2005. This and last year, there are 11 SHS scholars in one class that has no sponsors (at this time). This is troublesome since sponsors typically commit to sponsor a student from their first year to graduation. The deficiency will continue until the class graduates. Hopefully, some sponsors will sponsor a new student after their student graduates. If not, we will be forced to substantially modify the Nkosohen Scholarship Program.
We need more Kuntu Nkosohen Scholar sponsors and supporters. This program has changed the education landscape in Kuntu. Since 2008, 56 Kuntu students have completed SHS as Nkosohen scholars and three (3) have completed post-SHS studies in education, accounting and business. Twenty-four (30) scholars are currently attending SHS or vocational high schools and nine (9) are seeking help to attend various post-SHS programs.
If you belong to, or know, an organization that wants to help education in Africa, please pass this on to them or send the information to us. We are also seeking to get a larger number of supporters who make small donations. We have donors that make monthly small donations and donors that include us in their regular charity giving. Donations are used 100% for scholarships and Kuntu projects (we are all volunteers). You can make a tax deductible donations to the address below or by credit card. All donations, regardless of amount, are gratefully acknowledged with receipts for tax purposes. You may also go to "How to Help" for other ways to help.
Last update February 1, 2016