HOPE AND SERVICE TO MANKIND FOUNDATION
(Hope for Rural Dwellers)
Ghana at a Glance
Government: Parliamentary Democracy
President: John Dramani Mahama
Capital city: Accra
Population: 23.3 million
People: Akan, Mole-Dagbane, Ewé, Ga, Guan, Gurma, Gonja, Dagomba
Language: English (Official), Ewé, Ga, Twi (widely spoken), and many more
Religion: Christian, Muslim, Traditional African religions
Currency: Cedi (GH¢)
HOPE AND SERVICE TO MANKIND FOUNDATION (Hope For Rural Dwellers) is a Voluntary, Non-profit, Charitable, Social, Non-political, Non-governmental, Inter-faith and Welfare Organisation Registered in Ghana Under section 27 and 28 of 1963 Companies Code (Act 179) with registration number G-35, 853.
Hope And Service To Mankind Foundation was formed by individual volunteers from various cultural backgrounds coming together as equal to build one big family to help reduce the high rate of illiteracy in our societies. And provide medical information and resources and improve living conditions and homelessness to sum off the most vulnerable and deprived people in our society, for example Homeless, Women and children , the Girl Child, the Youth, People with Disabilities (PWD), people with chronic diseases, poor rural communities and Individuals.
A healthy and prosperous society based on gender equality and equity in every walk of life by improving the lives of the poor through education, economic and social development programs.
We share the vision of a world where all forms of disability can be avoided, healed or integrated and in which the rights of people with disabilities are respected and applied.
We are committed to serving MANKIND by providing the basic amenities of life to the helpless and needy people of all communities and also by encouraging Girl child, People with Disabilities and Youth education.
We believe in gender equality and equity in every walk of life regardless of race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant condition.
We bring together literate and non-literate, towns, villages, people in common respect for each other and for manual work to promote and encourage the development of the spirit of voluntarism among the youth and people of all communities by organising workcamps towards physical projects, literacy work, and establishing demonstrational camps and farms, Leadership training, camping activities and International Cultural Exchange Programmes.
We support and help the destitute, the poor, the needy, and orphans without family support by training and giving skills to equip the youth to be involved in activities leading to the alleviation of poverty in their communities e.g. Tie and dye batik, bee keeping, snail rearing, establishment of small businesses, general farming and ICT
Provision of information on marketable skill for sustainable life development.
We educate communities and individuals about disaster management, by providing adequate information to members and the general public.
We promote psychosocial counseling for all people living with HIV/AIDS, empower the individual physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially by providing adequate support and above all to give them hope, that all is not lost.
We organise camps for people living with chronic diseases to meet medical professionals for free care, support, advice, checkups and treatment, and also to meet other people living with the same chronic disease.
We help people living in poverty, transition and homelessness rebuild their lives by connecting them to jobs, housing, information and hope.
Where are We
Ghana, West Africa
Peaceful and welcoming country, Ghana satisfies one's appetite for both modern and traditional life. Its wide valleys, low-lying coastal plains, and thick Rainforest resound with the beat of traditional rituals, while her cities glow and vibrate with all the bustle of the modern world. The Ghanaians are the friendliest people in West Africa: warm, proud yet humble with a contagious and calming sense of humour.
Officially the Republic of Ghana is a country located in West Africa. It is bordered by Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The word Ghana means "Warrior King" and is derived from the ancient Ghana Empire (Gold Coast).
Ghana was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient predominantly Akan kingdoms, including the Akwamu on the eastern coast, the inland Ashanti Empire and various Fante and non-Akan states, like the Ga and Ewe, along the coast and inland. The Mande-Gur speaking groups in the north of the country established several Islamized states, in particular those of Dagbon and Gonja, and were the middle-men in trade between other larger Sahelian Muslim states (such as Mali and Songhai) and the early Akan kingdoms, especially in the gold and salt trade. Trade with European states flourished after contact with the Portuguese in the 15th century, and the British established the Gold Coast Crown colony in 1874.
The Gold Coast achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, becoming the first sub-Saharan African nation to do so, and the name Ghana was chosen for the new nation to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana, which once extended throughout much of west Africa. Ghana is a member of the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union, and an associate member of La Francophone. Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa in the world and is home to Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world by surface area.
A deadly famine spread throughout the southern Accra Plains, the home of the Ga people. When the harvest finally arrived and food became plentiful, the people celebrated with a festival that ridiculed hunger.
FIOK (War Festival)
A war festival to re-enact ancient historic exploits of the Busa people. There is a durbar, as well as drumming, dancing, and thanksgiving to the gods. Sandema. December.
ADAE (Festival of Purifying of the Ashantis’ Ancestral Stools)
Kumasi, 168 miles (272 kilometers) north of Accra.
Festival of the Asante. Celebrated every 40th day. It is especially magnificent when it falls on a Sunday. Chiefs are decorated in rich traditional Kente cloths, gold ornaments and are carried in a palanquin especially the Asantehene or the paramount chiefs (Omanhene)
KOBINE is a traditional dance and festival unique to the Lawra area of north western Ghana. The dance and the festival named after it are celebrated in September and October to mark the end of a successful harvest.
PANAFEST is a festival to establish the truth about the history of Africa and experience of its people, using the vehicle of African arts and Culture. It is to provide a forum to promote unity between Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora.
Panafest is celebrated in remembrance of African slaves (ancestors) solemnly pushed into the waters and died in the Middle Passage (before reaching the Americas).
It is held every summer to celebrate African-Americans Roots and Heritage.
This infamous castle and slave dungeon was built by the Portuguese in 1482 and is also known as St. George's Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub-Saharan Africa. Explore the grounds and rooms full of haunting History of Slavery in Africa.
CAPE COAST CASTLE
Emotional boat trip to the Cape Coast Castle will tell you about 201 years ago when Africans were transported via slave ships to the America. At that time it was a symbol of hopelessness as there was a door known as the "Door of No Return". Come with us to explore the grounds of this infamous castle with its slave dungeons. Every part of the Castle has historical significance. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. History will unfold the story of the slave trade whose impact is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today. Watch the film "Crossroads of People, Crossroads of Trade".
Music and Dance
There are three distinct types of Ghanaian music: ethnic or traditional music, normally played during festivals and at funerals; "highlife" music, which is a blend of traditional and ‘imported’ music; and choral music, which is performed in concert halls, churches, schools and colleges.
Southern Ghanaian music incorporates several distinct types of musical instruments including:
Axatse - a type of rattle or idiophone. It is constructed by hollowing out a gourd or calabash. Beads are attached with string which is woven in a fishnet design.
Gankogui - a double bell or gong. It is constructed from iron. In Ewe music in general, and during Atsiã in particular, gankogui keeps the time.
Kaganu - a narrow drum or membranophone about two feet tall, its head is about three inches in diameter and it is open at the bottom.
Kidi - a drum about two feet tall, its head is about nine inches in diameter and has a closed bottom. The Kidi responds to calls from the lead drummer.
Atsimevu - the lead drum. It is a narrow drum approximately four feet tall and its head is about eleven inches in diameter.
Sogo - is the largest of the supporting drums used to play Atsiã. In other pieces it is used as a lead drum. It is about two and a half feet tall, its head is about ten inches in diameter and it is closed at the bottom.
Kpanlogo - Carved from a single piece of wood, and covered in skin to create the drum head.
Northern Ghanaian music incorporates the following instruments:
North and Northeastern Ghana is known for talking drum ensembles, goje fiddle and koloko lute music played by the Gur-speaking Frafra, Gurunsi and Dagomba nations, as well as by smaller Fulani, Hausa, Mande-speaking Busanga and Ligbi peoples.
Upper-Northwestern Ghana is home to the Dagara, Lobi, Wala and Sissala peoples, who are known for complex interlocking Gyil folk music with double meters. The Gyil is a close relative of the Balafon. The musical traditions of the Mande Bissa and Dyula minorities in this area closer resemble those of neighbouring Mandinka-speaking areas than those of other Upper-Northwestern groups.
There is a lot to learn and see while volunteering with us in Ghana.