The mission of the Kuntu Village Nkosohen Committee-USA is to help Kuntu villagers develop in education and self-sufficiency. "Nkosohen" is the Fante word for "Development Chief". Development issues in Kuntu include poverty, illiteracy and lack of health care. Most villagers are sea salt gatherers, farmers or market traders and earn little more than $1.50 a day. Over 90% of Kuntu adults are illiterate and cannot read or write. The nearest health care services were 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 will help you". You, too, can help by donating to KVNC-USA.
Education will prepare Kuntu youth to help themselves and help Kuntu. Free public education ends at 9th grade and few Kuntu families can afford $600-$700 senior high school (SHS) fees. Since 2005, the Nkosohen Scholarship program has paid the SHS fees for all Kuntu youth who have passed the 9th-grade exit exam. We solicit donors to sponsor an SHS scholar with a donation of $450; or a donation of $500 for a graduated SHS scholar to attend college. To date, 88 Kuntu youth have had their SHS fees paid by KVNC-USA; 63 have graduated and 25 are in school this 2016-2017 school year. 16 of the graduates have continued to college; 6 have graduated and 10 are currently in college.
We have never have sponsors for all of our scholars and SHS fees now exceed $600 per year. We believe asking sponsors for more than $450 per scholar will be counter productive. Thanks to the financial commitment of our founder, Dr. Perry Kirklin (retired chemist), and the loyalty of the Bucks County (PA) Chapter of Links, Inc., since 2005 we have paid SHS fees for 88 eligible Kuntu JHS graduates and have helped 16 SHS graduates attend college.
We need more Nkosohen Scholar sponsors at $450-$500 but we also want supporters who will make small donations. We have initiated an ambitious drive to raise $7000 with 200 donations of $35. You can make a tax deductible donation (of any amount) through PayPal with the button below. If you belong to, or know, an organization or friend who can help, please forward our information to them. Donations are used 100% for scholarships and Kuntu projects (we are all volunteers). All donations, regardless of amount, are gratefully acknowledged with receipts for tax purposes. Please check out "You Can Help" for other ways to help. KVNC-USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with IRS EIN 11-3657354 eligible for tax-exempt public support.
200-$35 for Kuntu:@12/2/16: 4.3 donations = $150.00
Last update November 22, 2016