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In July 2000, Betty and Perry Kirklin, were with a tour group to Ghana, West Africa and they met Nana Kwesi Brebo III, chief of Kuntu.  They gave him some school supplies for the Kuntu schools.  Betty and Perry returned to Ghana the next year with some family and friends and brought more school supplies and other items to Kuntu.  Nana Brebo announced that he and the village sub-chiefs and elders wanted to make Perry the Kuntu chief for development or Nkosohene. He would have the stool name of Nana Kwame Baffoe II.  Perry did not accept immediately but after much thought and consultations with Ghanaians in the U.S., he agreed to become Nkosohen of Kuntu.

Perry returned to Kuntu in August 2002 with his daughters Cheryl Merrell and Pamela June and granddaughter Stephanie Hawkins for the Nkosohen installation ceremony. This was a major event for Kuntu. There were 5 days of dancing and celebrations. There was drumming, dancing, and speeches.  His entire family was "adopted" by the royal Nsona family and each given an Nsona family name. When they returned to the United States, Betty and Perry, with their daughters Cheryl and Pamela, formed the Kuntu Village Nkosohen Committee-USA, a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, to help the Kuntu schools and village.

The mission of the Kuntu Village Nkosohen Committee-USA is to help Kuntu schools and Kuntu villagers.  We will not change Kuntu alone but we will help Kuntu to develop at their own pace.  We have focused on education.  Because Kuntu is a small village we believe that even the smallest measures (by our standards) will bring satisfying results. But we knew that we will need more dollars than the founders of the KVNC-USA can provide.  Our business plan is to raise money and solicit donations for KVNC-USA projects.  KVNC-USA is all volunteer - no one receives remuneration. All funds and donations received are added to their contributions so that 100+ percent is used for Kuntu village projects.  All donations are tax deductible.