National Volunteer Day 2014 activities in Accra

You can register your own activity at this link.
Below are registered volunteer activities in Accra you can join around National Volunteer Day. Contact the organizers for more info.

Organization: iSpace
Location: F618/2 Anumansa,Lokko Streets,146 East X’Borg Estates, OSU, Accra, Ghana. Papaye Down
Beneficiaries: Everyone!
Type: Other
Activity: We will be holding an e-waste collection drive!
Time: September 20, 2014
Support needed: We will not require any volunteers, but we would greatly appreciate your help with promotion!
Contact info: alison at ispacegh dot com +233 (0) 244-575306 @iSpaceGH

Organization: GymHit
Location: Not applicable at the moment
Beneficiaries: Any orphanages
Type: Orphanage or charity home visit and donation
Activity: Connecting and donating sanitary items at a chosen orphanage
Time: Not aplicable
Support needed: 3 Volunteers would be great
Contact info: via email or @JustPaulMiller

Organization: Planning Wikimedia Ghana
Location: Ispace Foundation, Osu
Beneficiaries: Ghana as a whole
Type: Other
Activity: Adding new and improving existing contents online. Also build a vibrant community of editors who will love to promote our heritage via Wikipedia.
Time: 22nd September, 2014 from 9:30am - 1:30pm
Support needed: We need 30 volunteers to make this possible
Contact info: Contact me on flixtey at gmail dot com. @flixtey or on 0242844987
Sign-up form for volunteers: http://goo.gl/ECBjh1

Person: Diana Aidoo
Location: New Bortianor Roundabout
Beneficiaries: School children
Type: Other
Activity: Book Donation
Time: September
Support needed: volunteers and Books
Contact info: dianalleaidoo at gmail dot com

Person: Dieu-Donné Gameli
Location: The event will be happening at the Ajax park of the University of Ghana - Legon
Beneficiaries: Children from surrounding communities of the University of Ghana
Type: Teaching a particular skill or talent
Activity: We will be having reading clinics, introduction to STEM and fun-fair through sports.
Time: September 21, 3pm to 5pm
Support needed: We will need 5 volunteers and reading books. any other support (i.e food related) will also be appreciated.
Contact info: @donnaeo Whatsapp/Call: 0543068916

Organization: Regent University Google student Ambassadors
Location: Regent University college of science and technology Accra Ghana, onion market opposite MTN office.(SCHOOL GROUNDS)
Beneficiaries: Students, workers anyone tech savy and wants to learn about technology ,or get his drive fixed
Type: Other
Activity: A tech talk and awareness of how Google products that can help improve education, app sharing to laptops and phones, and repairs of external hard drives.
Time: 22nd (monday) September 2014, 2pm to 5pm
Support needed: People who can talk on new technology
Contact info: toluolayinka at gmail dot com (email)

Organization: Gird Center
Location: New Life Orphange, Nungua (Behind the Nungua Police Barrier, Adjacent the Watch Tower House)
Beneficiaries: New Life Orphanage
Type: Teaching a particular skill or talent
Activity: Writing and Reading workshops for kids.
Time: September 22, 10am to 2pm
Support needed: Children's Books books and volunteer readers.
Contact info: @GirdcenterGH

Organization: DREAM NEEDY FOUNDATION
Location: OYARIFA
Beneficiaries: OYARIFA FOSTER HOME
Type: Orphanage or charity home visit and donation
Activity: Donating
Time: September 21, 12:00pm-5:00pm
Support needed: Yes
Contact info: owiredubenjamina at ymail dot com

Organization: AMP (Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform)
Location: Agbogbloshie-Old Fadama.
Beneficiaries: E-waste workers and residents of old Fadama
Type: Other
Activity: We will be telling the untold stories of Agbogbloshie, by photography, videos and the production of a digital map.
Time: 20th September 2014
Support needed: More volunteers with smart phones who can take geo-referenced photographs, photographers and computer programmers who can help generate an interactive digital map.
Contact info: Twitter: @qampnet Mobile: 0506602880 Email : qampnet at gmail dot com

Organization: Worldreader.org
Location: Madina to Accra
Beneficiaries: Children to Adults ( Anyone who boards Trotro)
Type: Other
Activity: Worldreader in collaboration with Trotro Diaries and Poets in Ghana will be testing a literacy campaign on Trotros. We will need hands giving out leaflets that will allow people on the Trotro to download an app on their phones that will allow them read great african short stories and over 5000 books for free, right on their phones.
Time: 19th September, 7am , ends 8:30. Starts when bus takes off and we finish our act.
Support needed: Volunteers on the bus and volunteers to blog about the trial event.
Contact info: samuel at worldreader dot org

Organization: The Hope Restoration Outreach
Location: Dzorwulu Special School
Beneficiaries: Children at the Dzorwulu Special School
Type: Clean-up exercise
Activity: Clean-up exercise at the Dzorwulu Special School coupled with some fun games and activities with the children
Time: 20th September, 2014 from 7:30am to 3pm
Support needed: We would be happy to have some support with drinks or other snacks
Contact info: Twitter: @throghana, email: info at throghana.org, phone number: 0208375202
URL or webpage with Sign-up form for volunteers: http://www.throghana.org/index.php?p=otherpages/volunteer-application

Organization: Action Accra
Location: Address and/or directions: Jaynii Streetwise Foundation, behind Jamestown Lighthouse, on the beach down the lighthouse stairs
Beneficiaries : The Children at Jaynii Streetwise Foundation
Type: Other
Activity: Installing Playground animals made out of tires
Time: 22nd September, 2014
Support needed: Mentors Sanitation Expects Recycling minded individuals and groups
Contact: P.O.Box CE 12223 Cinnamon101usad 0243914427 dormenyo@gmail.com
Signup: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jGWkLO7jDLE1wZaVAROsOVF64t_CNsRH7A0yHlR023s/viewform?usp=send_form

Organization: Special Attention Project
Location: Address and/or directions: GNAT Hostel, Accra, near Tigo Head Office, Accra (adjacent Catholic Business and Institute of Technology)
Beneficiaries : street children, learners with specific learning difficulties
Type: Orphanage or charity home visit and donation
Activity: Create awareness for volunteers to support children with SpLD
Time: 22 Sept, 2014 @ 9am
Support needed: more volunteers
Contact: 0206526444
Sign up: www.sapghana.org

Organization: The Architects' Project
Location: Address and/or directions: Dzorwulu Junior School Adomkorapa Street (near Mediferm Hospital & Fertility Centre) Dzorwulu, Accra
Beneficiaries : Pupils and Teachers of Dzorwulu Junior School
Type: Teaching a particular skill or talent
Activity: A design consultation with the pupils of Dzorwulu Junior High School is to be held on the schools grounds as an opening activity to The Architects' Project outreach programme. The workshop on Tuesday 23rd will bring architects and interior designers together with volunteer pupils to start engaging them with architecture as a product, and the workshop participants as users. The aim is to work with the pupils to help them generate ideas for tackling some of the problems they are able to draw out. The skilled team will assist them in identifying and analysing problems the pupils have with their learning environment. the team will facilitate the production of creative solutions through a set of design exercises. It is hoped that some of the ideas from the workshop will be carried forward to a built stage.
Time: Date: Tuesday 23rd September 2014, Start Time: 9am, End Time: tbc
Support needed: We need skilled volunteers with background in architecture and interior design with a few hours to spare.. We want to use found materials to eventually bring the design outcome into reality, involving the pupils in the making process. If you or someone you know of can source found materials such as timber offcuts, empty tetra packs, pallets, empty plastic bottles, empty pure water sachets, waste cardboard tubes, cardboard sheets, and any other applicable materials, please get in touch.
Contact: Email: juliet@thearchitectsproject.org Twitter: @tappingGhana
Sign up: Please email or Tweet us if you're interested in volunteering.

Organization: Warm Hearts
Town: Accra
Location: Address and/or directions: Sempe Primary School, Jamestown
Beneficiaries : Children from ages 4 to 13
Type: Other
Activity: donating books , and toiletries
Time: Tuesday, September 23,
Support needed: More volunteers needed
Contact: @jossie_jay

Organization: DUNK Grassroots
Location: Address and/or directions: Nima, kawukudi. between Accra girls and 37 station. Turn right after Tamara restaurant to the open field basketball court!
Beneficiaries : Underprivileged children and youth from the condense population of Nima, kawukudi.
Type: Clean-up exercise
Activity: Cleaning gutters, Sweeping the community roads Placing bins at common spot ( if possible) Short presentations about hygiene
Time: 9am - 12pm - 27th sept
Support needed:Equipments. ( all items listed can be borrowed and taken back after project) Wheel barrows Rakes Shovel Gloves Flyers Water gallons Donated trash bins Soap etc
Contact: 0244 068 565 @DUNK! Grassroots Info@dunkgrassroots.org
Sign up: www.volunteerwithdunk.com

Organization: Utopia-Wishlist,GH and Fashion for Change
Location: Address and/or directions: Chosen Rehab Center, Darkuman Use the Darkum Road off the N1 or the Kaneshie Road, turn on at Mark Methodist Church Junction and go the end of the street, the Center is on the Right.
Beneficiaries : Drug and Alcohol rehab patients, aged,children and women at the center
Type: Orphanage or charity home visit and donation
Activity: Medical Seminar to educated them on good health and hygiene, Clean-up exercise, painting of the rooms and building and donation.
Time: 22/09/2014 10:00am - 2:00pm
Support needed: We need medical volunteers to help with the seminar, and volunteers to clean up, paint the buildings and help carpet the various rooms
Contact: 057 3381566, 0244180408, 0243147882 Twitter - @UtopiaWishlist Utopiawishlist at gmail.com

Organization: NShoreNa
Location: Address and/or directions: Labadi Beach near Labadi Beach Hotel
Beneficiaries : People and the environment
Type: Other
Activity: Creating awareness and sensitization about the plight of our beaches and the Cholera situation.
Time: September 21, 10am
Support needed: More volunteers to support, create awareness.
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/nshorena

Person: Gerald Sowah
Town: ACCRA
Location: NEW HORIZON SPECIAL SCHOOL
Beneficiaries: special needs kids
Type: Other
Activity: Donation of exercise books, stationery etc
Time: between noon and 3pm
Support needed: no need for more volunteers
Contact: geraldsowah991 at gmail.com

Organization: Ghana Health Nest (www.ghanahealthest.com)
Town: Accra
Location: Tema Station, Rawlings Park, Accra central, Adabraka
Beneficiaries: Head Potters, Traders and Shoppers
Type: Health screening or talk
Activity: Talk, Distribution and pasting of educational materials and film show on ebola disease awareness
Time: 20-22nd september 2014
Support needed: We need materials to make this event sucessful
Contact: @kobbyblay 023 148 35 78
Sign-up: http://ghanahealthnest.com/ebola-watch-volunteers/

Organization: Young at Heart Team
City/town: Ga West in Greater Accra
Location: Amasaman Ga West, Meeting place University of Ghana
Beneficiaries: Children in rural community schools
Type: Tutoring
Activity: Teaching children who have relatively little or absolutely no exposure to practical ICT experience
Time: 20th Sept, 2014
Support needed:Computer donations to help establish computer centers in areas visited.
Contact: @youngatheartgh, facebook Young At Heart GH,0541556529
Sign-up form: Facebook Young At Heart GH

Organization: Patriots Ghana Legon
Town: Accra
Location: Potters village, Accra
Beneficiaries: Potters Village community
Type: Orphanage or charity home visit and donation
Activity: - Donation - health talk - talk on patriotism
Time: Sunday, Monday - September 21-22
Support needed: We welcome you to join
Contact: Hetty - 0206968479, +233243626182

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National Volunteer Day 2014 activities in Tema

You can register your own activity at this link.
Below are registered volunteer activities in Tema you can join around National Volunteer Day. Contact the organizers for more info.

Organization: Temaalliance4change
Location: Tema Community One(1) Site Two(2)
Beneficiaries: The people of Site Two(2)
Type: Teaching a particular skill or talent
Activity: Participation, REflection-Action-Reflection, Teaching and sharing of ideas, Conscientisation.
Time: 4:00- 5:30 PM
Support needed: Yes I would more Tutors to come to my community to give educational exercises.
Contact info: Facebook- Kpakpo addo

Organization: Tema Rotaract
Location: Tema Rotary Avenue
Beneficiaries: The community
Type: Clean-up exercise
Activity: Clean up exercise
Time: 9am-2pm
Support needed: Media presence
Contact info: @seshieMax

Organization: The Share Foundation Ghana
Location: Tema Community 8 No.3 and N0.4 Primary near the motorway roundabout.
Beneficiaries: Children
Type: Other
Activity: Distributing books and reading to the children
Time: Monday, 22nd September at
Support needed: Support the library with books, computers, legos, scrabble, puzzles, word games among others to help encourage reading and learning among school children.
Contact info: You can contact the share foundation founder Lily Mintah via e-mail at akuamintah@yahoo.com. Or threesixtyGh@threesixtyGh.gmail.com.

Organization: THE CSR HUB
Location: THE CDVTI , PRAMPRAM
Beneficiaries: STUDENTS OF CDVTI AND THE PRAMPRAM COMMUNITY
Type: Other
Activity: PAINTING THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
Time: 20TH SEPT,2014 8:00AM
Support needed: VOLUNTEERS
Contact info: @thecsrhub arielghana at gmail dot com 0263707818

Organization: Rotaract Club of Accra South
Location: Tema Comm eight number 3 and 4 primary school near the filling station near the motorway roundabout.
Beneficiaries: School Children
Type: Orphanage or charity home visit and donation
Activity: Donating books and reading items to the Share Foundation in Tema, on the same day we would be on ground to help commission a new library
Time: 22 September 2014 9am
Support needed: We would love to have as many volunteers as possible.
Contact info: @Fkoku or contact Soraya Riley 0205958770

Name: Eric Peprah
Location: Address and/or directions: Lebanon Ashaiman
Beneficiaries : Basic Schools ( Adolescents)
Type: Tutoring
Activity: Creating awareness on the negative effects of social media ( Social Networking Sites)
Time: 22nd September, 2014, 2pm -3pm
Support needed: Yes Need more Volunteers to form a team so we can create the awareness in most of the basic schools in this locality
Contact: 0245708080

Person: Korkor Kugblenu
Town: Ada-Foah
Location: Ada Foah beach
Beneficiaries: The Ada Foah people and visitors to the beach
Type: Clean-up exercise
Activity: cleaning the beach
Time: Sunday 21st september 8 am - 5:pm
Support needed: I will need as many volunteers as possible
Contact: korkorkugblenu at gmail.com, @CoilyCrown

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Below are registered volunteer activities in Cape Coast and the Central region you can join around National Volunteer Day. Contact the organizers for more info.

Organization: Dream-On Ghana and KAKA Association.
Location: Apewosika
Beneficiaries: School Children
Type: Teaching a particular skill or talent
Activity: Teaching ICT lessons
Time: September 20, 9am to 2pm
Contact Info: rachelhormeku at gmail dot com
Support needed: Yes, more volunteers.
Sign-up form for volunteers: Google Docs Form

Organization: Green Africa Youth Organization
Location: Cape Coast Beach, opposite University of Cape Coast old site gate.
Beneficiaries: Cape Coast community and fishermen.
Type: Clean-up exercise
Activity: Cleaning the beaches and educating the community on the effects of improper waste disposal. We will also campaign against open defecation.
Time: 8:00 am to 2pm
Support needed: Yes, we will love that. Its a long shore with lots of illegal sanitation practices.
Contact info: Twitter: @gayoghana @AmponsemJoshua @Ecoscript Facebook: www.facebook.com/gayoghana Tel: 0541688618

Organization: Dream on Ghana Foundation,Central Region Football Association and the Sports Council
Location: Abura Park
Beneficiaries: Kids Under 13 years from about four teams.
Type: Teaching a particular skill or talent
Activity: Football workshop
Time: 20th September, 2014. 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Support needed: Need help for sponsorship especially drinks for kids and sponsored coaches provided by the Football Association.
Contact info: 0248848602 @joshua_mantey

Organization: Cape360
Town: Cape Coast
Location: Address and/or directions: Cape Coast Region Hospital, Bakaano
Beneficiaries : All and sundry
Type: Clean-up exercise
Activity: cleaning the hospital environment
Time: 22nd Sept. 10am
Support needed: More volunteers and cleaning equipment
Contact: 050 35 60 690 www.twitter.com/cape360gh www.facebook.com/cape3sixty
Sign up: www.cape360gh.com

Organization: Future Hope Foundation
Town: Cape Coast - Ankaful
Location: Address and/or directions: Ankaful Junior High school
Beneficiaries : young girls and boys (between 6years to 21years)
Type: Health screening or talk
Activity: health Talk
Time: Saturday 20th September, 2014 and 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Support needed: any additional support will be very much necessary.
Contact: ruthan58 at gmail dot com 0204658009 0509393364

Organization: Hoops Care International
Location: Beach. From opposite old site gate towards Ola
Beneficiaries: fisher folks
Type: Clean-up exercise
Activity: Cleaning up trash on the beach.
Time: from 8Am. September 21
Support needed: Yes we will need more volunteers
Contact: twitter: @hoopscare phone: 0245006675 Email: claudiecool@gmail.com
Sign-up: http://hoopscare.org/contact/

Organization: CITSA, GDG, GSA
Town: Cape Coast
Location: In front of Valco hall and another in front of Adehye hall. UCC.
Beneficiaries: Students and technology lovers
Type: Other
Activity: Technology clinic. Repairing and servicing laptops and computers for students and talk on modern technologies.
Time: Monday 22nd September, 2014
Support needed: Yes
Contact: 0244283905 0542964103 0542485953 0206467638

Patriots Ghana UCC
Organization: Patriots Ghana
Town: Cape Coast
Location: Amamoma presby basic school, Cape Coast.
Beneficiaries: Basic school children
Type: Health screening or talk
Activity: - Cholera education at a school. - Donate Veronica buckets - Teach proper handwashing
Time: Friday, September 19
Support needed: We welcome you to join
Contact: Douglas - 0542538353, +233262626182

Organization: Young at Heart Team
City/town: Amamoma CR
Location: Amamoma Presby school; Meeting place University of Cape Coast.
Beneficiaries: Children in rural community schools
Type: Tutoring
Activity: Teaching children who have relatively little or absolutely no exposure to practical ICT experience
Time: 22nd Sept
Support needed:Computer donations to help establish computer centers in areas visited.
Contact: @youngatheartgh, facebook Young At Heart GH,0541556529
Sign-up: Facebook Young At Heart GH

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NVDay 2014 Press Release

The Ghana Volunteer Program (GVP) is a program being run by the GhanaThink Foundation, an NGO based both in Ghana and the USA. National Volunteer Day, which falls on the 21st of September is our major activity . It was instituted as part of GVP in 2013. The initiative is to get as many people as possible in Ghana to volunteer their time or do community service on the Founder’s Day Holiday. While volunteerism is not very popular and part of our society’s fabric, many individuals and organizations volunteer occasionally. National Volunteer Day is to increase these numbers and unify efforts in volunteerism in Ghana.

The mission of the GhanaThink Foundation, a Ghana and US based NGO, is to mobilize talent and support idea generation to projects and ventures. Through our Barcamps, we have built a network of over 5500 Ghanaian change makers, doers and entrepreneurs through events in Ghana. We want to use this network and other channels to build a bigger network of volunteers in Ghana. We believe volunteerism is the heart of community development.

We want to encourage more people to do community service within Ghana. That’s the same spirit our founding fathers engendered within our citizenry. By having volunteer or community service activities around September 21, we would be cherishing the ideals of founding Ghana and joining a national effort to work for Ghana. Volunteering demonstrates initiative and hard work, two ideals that many organizations look for while hiring. We believe that by participating in NVDay, participants would be building their CVs.

We expect at least 233 different activities on the day. You can find info about these activities and more on nvday14.eventbrite.com. If you need more info on what to do or how to contribute to National Volunteer Day, visit the same link. Interested groups,organizations and individuals should register/RSVP at the National volunteer Day eventbrite website (nvday14.eventbrite.com). Different individuals and organizations have planned volunteer activities for September 21st.Go to http://bit.ly/nvday14 to find about activities and more.

You can see various photos from NVDay13 etc on the Ghana Volunteer Program Facebook & Google+ pages. Most of the promotion and adoption of NVday13 was driven via online and social media channels with some radio and television support. 56 activities were registered on Eventbrite, mostly by individuals and groups that were organizing volunteering activities for the first time. For NVDay 2013, about 40 activities with about 300 volunteers involved happened. Their activities directly impacted the lives of thousands of people. These activities happened in Accra, Tema, Nsawam, Kasoa, Cape Coast, Takoradi, Kumasi, Koforidua, Saltpond, Tamale and Wa. Activities ranged from skills training programs, clean up exercises, tutoring in a particular course, reading clinics for kids, blood donation drives, creating playing grounds for kids in the government schools to painting schools and faded zebra crossings. The impact on the volunteers and beneficiaries was massive and was captured on social media.

GVP has supported the volunteer work of many organizations in Ghana. It provided the recent Agribusiness bootcamp in Accra with volunteers. It also provided 23 volunteers for the Chale Wote Street Art Festival. It supported the Read Aloud Ghana campaign in March 2014 with media publicity as well. It has a calendar of volunteer activities in Ghana as well. Follow us on Twitter. Contact the team via volunteer at ghanathink fot org

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GhanaThink Foundation Profile
The GhanaThink Foundation is a youth-led NGO based in Ghana & the US. Its primary goal is to harness the diverse talents of Ghanaians in Ghana and the diaspora for the benefit of Ghana, and by extension Africa and the world. In effect, it seeks to mobilize and organize talent and resources for the service of Ghana. With the idea generations and discussions that come out of this, it seeks to support these ideas into projects, programs and ventures.

GhanaThink's landmark initiative now is Barcamp Ghana. These Barcamps provide a platform for youth to network, discuss important issues, and develop new partnerships. With 31 events and counting since December 2008, Barcamp Ghana has been the launchpad for business start-ups (such as Afrochic), Google Developer Groups, Junior Camp Ghana, and new career opportunities. The events have reached over 3300 young leaders. Activities such as speed mentoring, panel discussions, and user-generated breakout sessions all harness the energy, drive, and entrepreneurial spirit of participants to bring about positive action.

Junior Camp Ghana was started due to the impact Barcamp Ho and Barcamp Tema 2012 made in the lives of a couple of Keta SHS students. It is now a career mentoring & guidance event series for senior high school students. It has started in earnest with 4 events in 2013 across the country and 6 so far in 2014. The program has expanded to cover junior high schools.

Another GhanaThink program is the Ghana Volunteer Program, this was created out of the success of the first National Volunteer Day (NVDay) which falls on Founder's Day. On September 21, 2013, over 40 volunteer activities with over 300 people involved happened around Ghana as part of the NVDay initiative.

GhanaThink supports many Ghanaian initiatives through promotion, online engagement and resourcing. In 2013, it has engaged people on sexual health issues through the #FiestaDebate which is sponsored by its partner, Fiesta Condoms GH. GhanaThink also partners and supports many forward-thinking initiatives and events in Ghana, including the launch of UNESCO EFA-GMR report, Springboard's Speed Mentoring Program, TEDxCapeCoastED, TechNeedsGirls GH, Vim Series, etc.
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National Volunteer Day Press Release

National Volunteer Day is being instituted by the GhanaThink Foundation to come off every September 21st in Ghana. The initiative is to get as many people as possible in Ghana to volunteer their time or do community service on the Founder’s Day Holiday. While volunteerism is not very popular and part of our society’s fabric, many individuals and organizations volunteer occasionally. National Volunteer Day is to increase these numbers and unify efforts in volunteerism in Ghana.

The mission of the GhanaThink Foundation, a Ghana and US based NGO, is to mobilize talent and support idea generation to projects and ventures. Through our Barcamps, we have built a network of over 3000 Ghanaian change makers, doers and entrepreneurs through 20 events in Ghana. We want to use this network and other channels to build a bigger network of volunteers in Ghana. We believe volunteerism is the heart of community development.

We want to encourage more people to do community service within Ghana. That’s the same spirit our founding fathers engendered within our citizenry. By having volunteer or community service activities on September 21, we would be cherishing the ideals of founding Ghana and joining a national effort to work for Ghana. Volunteering demonstrates initiative and hard work, two ideals that many organizations look for while hiring. We believe that by participating in NVDay, participants would be building their CVs.

Different individuals and organizations have planned volunteer activities for September 21st. Utopia Wishlist is organizing a kids career fair in Omanjor near Accra. Some others are greening a school in Madina while others paint schools in East Legon, also in Accra. Some friends are gathering other friends to donate blood on NVDay while others gather to clean up a taxi rank in Ashaiman. Young people are coming together to mentor SHS students in Kumasi while others organize a reading clinic for orphanage kids in Kasoa.

We expect at least 233 different activities on the day. You can find info about these activities and more on nvday13.eventbrite.com. If you need more info on what to do or how to contribute to National Volunteer Day, visit the same link. Interested groups,organizations and individuals should register/RSVP at the National volunteer Day eventbrite website (nvday13.eventbrite.com). National Volunteer Day 2013 is sponsored by The Diva Show on TV3, Focus 94.3 FM and MPWR Show on Y 107.9 FM. Our media partners are the Ghana News Agency. Join us to Ghana forward.

 


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National Volunteer Day Info

Volunteering: The heart of community development. Volunteer on September 21.

 

National Volunteer Day is to encourage as many volunteer activities on September 21, 2013 which is Founder’s Day. We want to see more people in Ghana use the holiday to create, support and join volunteer activities. September 21 or Founder’s Day has been chosen as it's one that doesn’t have specific activities. It is to honour the birth of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Ghana’s founders. Ghana’s founders served Ghana so the call on September 21 will be for Ghanaians to serve as well. 
 

How you can participate

Join a volunteer group or create one on your own.

Gather the youth of your community or friends and think of a volunteering opportunity i.e.


Tutoring in a subject
 

Teaching a particular skill or talent

Blood donation drives

Clean-up exercises

Orphanage visits + donation

Improving school infrastructure 

Health screenings & talk 

Any other type of activity
 

Check out the #NVDay hashtag on Google+, Facebook and Twitter for more info.
 

Once, your event is planned, register here and tell us all about it. We can't sponsor your event but we can help in other ways, especially by getting you more volunteers. Once you register at nvday13.eventbrite.com, your event will be added on this page where others can find your event and come support you. More information would be coming soon.

On September 21, please shares pictures or posts on social media with the hashtag NVDay. We will be promoting all these volunteer events on social media and in some traditional media too. 

If you have particular questions, please email us at  info at ghanathink dot org.NVDay Poster

BarCamp Kumasi 2011 Press release

BarCamp Kumasi 2011 is a networking event to bring people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue about Kumasi, Ghana and beyond. It will consist of user-generated sessions and discussions. BarCamp Kumasi 2011 will take place on April 16, 2011 at Royal Lamerta Hotel in Kumasi, Ghana. The theme is “Developing a hub for regional integration”. BarCamp Kumasi ’11 is a FREE event for anyone who is interested in using their skills, talent, and resources to benefit Kumasi, Ghana and Africa as a whole.

The BarCamp Ghana team has successfully organized six BarCamps in Ghana. Barcamp Ghana is a project being run by the GhanaThink Foundation, an NGO based both in Ghana and the USA. A BarCamp is a user-generated conference (or unconference). Barcamp Kumasi 2010 was organized at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on September 18, 2010 with the theme - ‘Collaboration: The key for opportunity and development’. It brought together about 80 residents with major discussions around “Fostering Entrepreneurship through collaboration and technology”, “Women Issues and the effects it has on Ghana's development”, and “Herbal medicine usage and adoption in Ghana: Success and failures” to name a few.

Register/RSVP today at the BarCamp Kumasi eventbrite website. You may also contact the BarCamp Kumasi team through this website for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs.

BarCamp Kumasi 2010 is sponsored by Royal Lamerta Hotel, National Service Personnel of Ghana, National Society of Black Engineers (KNUST chapter), GhanaThink Foundation, Fienipa Group, etc. Our media partners are Kapital 97.1 FM, Focus 94.3 FM and ModernGhana.com.

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Barcamp Ghana 2011 press conference (GNA)


Accra, Feb. 19, GNA - The managing team of BarCamp Ghana, a branch of an international informal gathering to generate ideas for development through partnerships and networking, on Saturday announced its programme of events for the year 2011.

Mr Kweku D. Anane-Appiah, Communications Chair, BarCamp Ghana, at a press conference in Accra, announced that the events, starting from March 26 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, would be under the principal theme; "Fostering Partnerships and Entrepreneurial Engagements towards African Socio-Economic Independence," for all its activities. He said notwithstanding the principal theme, regional BarCamp events would concentrate on their own sub-themes reflecting the current issues thriving in the respective metropolis.

Mr Anane-Appiah said the regional BarCamps are scheduled for April 23 at the Ho Polytechnic, May 28 at the University of Development Studies, Tamale, July 23 at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra, September 24 at the Takoradi Polytechnic, October 29 at the Sunyani Polytechnic and November 26 at the University of Cape Coast. He said the year's events would be climaxed on December 17 with the BarCamp Ghana at the Kofi Annan ICT Centre in Accra.

Mr Anane-Appiah explained that the BarCamp Ghana project was an open participatory workshop which aims at helping the Ghanaian youth to learn and share ideas about issues that affected them, and generate ideas and form partnerships with those who had similar interests to improve or start businesses and projects.

He said the programme also sought to inspire and engage the social consciousness of the Ghanaian youth in discovering and managing the countless possibilities inherent in their undeveloped yet fertile geographical space. He stressed that imbibing these sense of believing in Ghana was critical in the nation's attempt to brand itself as a state of socio-cultural and economic prominence.

Mr Anane-Appiah said the Ghana project had been running since 2008 and was currently being coordinated by the GhanaThink Foundation, a voluntary Africa-focused think-tank of young African leaders based in Ghana and the United States of America.

He said the programmes had recorded numerous feedback and post-event comments which bore testimonies of rousing enterprise and industries and also facilitated several entrepreneurial programmes including the birth of the Google Technology User Groups in Ghana. It had also given the opportunity for different firms to gain feedback on their products and services, he added.

Anane-Appiah stressed that in the feverish attempts towards the resolve of the Millennium Development Agenda and enhancing socio-economic advancement, it was important that Ghana prescribed targets that were geared towards improving national and international economic development.

He said Ghana should also advance the human capacity and condition in an increasingly connected global village through strategic cooperative partnerships and engagements.

"We believe that fostering partnerships and engagements between passionate and talented young change makers who believe in the intrinsic wealth of the seemingly underdeveloped geological scope, follows the right order in the continuum towards national socio-economic independence," he said.

GNA

Barcamp Ghana 2010 Recap

After the successes of Barcamp Kumasi, Barcamp Accra and Barcamp Takoradi, the national event Barcamp Ghana 2010 was held on the 18th of December, 2010 at the Ashesi University campus.. Barcamp Ghana was under the theme ‘’Create dreams, work smart and shape the future” and it attracted a lot of entrepreneurs, businessmen, students, amongst others. The event was supported by Ashesi University, the World Bank, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), Mobile Web Ghana, Google Ghana, Vodafone Ghana, GhanaThink Foundation, NandiMobile, Busy Internet, Fienipa, TAGH Media, iROKKO Concepts, Imagineers, MyfashionAfrica, etc. The media partners were Citi 97.3 FM, Radio Universe, ModernGhana, GhanaBlogging and Skyy Digital.

Over 150 participants gathered at the Ashesi University premises to exchange ideas and learn from each other. The event unofficially started at 9:00am with the Start-up Bazaar and registration of participants running concurrently. Start-up Bazaar was premiered at Barcamp Accra held at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) campus and was popular with attendees there. This was a platform for start-ups to exhibit their products/service to the participants as well as network with other participating start-ups. The start-ups that took part in this session were TAGH Media, etc. There were also stands for Mozilla Firefox and Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST). Breakfast, provided by Imagineers Limited, was served.

At 10:00am, Barcamp Ghana officially commenced with opening remarks given by the Barcamp Ghana organizing team. The emcee was Kweku Anane-Appiah, a team member. Ato Ulzen-Appiah then spoke about the origins of Barcamp and the a brief history, mission and vision for Barcamp Ghana. For Barcamp Ghana 2010, there were no keynote speakers or panels and only breakout sessions. Patrick Awuah, the founder and president of Ashesi University, then gave a welcome address. Some of his soundbites included “There should come a time that citizens in Africa will not desire to migrate to Europe or the USA”. An agenda building session to map out the breakout sessions for the day followed.

The first set of breakout sessions were organized for 90 minutes from 11am. Citizen journalism versus Traditional Journalism was led by Bernard Avle - award-winning host of the CITI FM Breakfast show, Mac-Jordan Degadjor and Oluniyi David Ajao - popular bloggers based in Ghana. Issues discussed included Citizen journalism in its purest form is blogging, community radio as citizen journalism, regulation of blogging, 75% of Ghanaians having radios versus reading the newspapers and being online, local content and bloggers building their credibility, etc. Sherrie Thompson of Solutions Africa and Golda Addo of Energy Solutions Ghana led a session on green power and alternative energy. Biodiesel and biodigestion facilities were discussed as well as various forms of alternative energy.

Farida Bedwei of G-Life Financial Services, Afua Ankomah of Esoko and Daisy Amma Baffoe of MEST led the Women in ICT breakout session. Challenges with getting Ghanaian women to build applications and be in ICT were discussed. Attendees in the session decided to create a a “Women In ICT” Facebook page to take advantage of the many Ghanaian women on Facebook. Patrick Awuah, one of the most respected leaders in Ghana, also organized an impromptu session on leadership. Lunch followed, the food was provided by Imagineers Limited, which also provides food at Ashesi University’s Building 1. During lunch, Nana Manu of Vodafone Ghana gave a speech on e-commerce and building an accepted payment system for Ghana. He also talked about http://theideascout.com/.

The second set of panel sessions started after lunch. Leila Djansi, director of award-winning movies I Sing Of A Well and Sinking Sands, Deborah Ahenkorah of Golden Baobab, and Obed Sarpong of the Writers Project of Ghana led a session called ‘Telling African Stories’ on movies and writing in Ghana. Nana Awere Damoah, writer of Excursions in My Mind, also came by the session. Among issues discussed were defining the African story, animating Ananse stories, amongst others. It was decided upon to start a blog where African stories would be told.

There was a World Bank sponsored session about the Apps For Development Challenge. Richard Murby who is part of the organizers, did a Skype video conference with Barcamp Ghana attendees from Washington, DC. He did a presentation on the competition and attendees asked him questions. DK Osseo-Asare of AnamCity spoke about the Anam New City sustainable building/development project in Nigeria. Anam City is a new model for sustainable development in Africa. Kweku Anane-Appiah led a breakout session on fashion and wear in Africa. Ronke Ampiah and Farida Alabo of Smiles for Christmas led a session on volunteerism. Attendees decided to start a website for finding volunteer opportunities in Ghana.

The third set of breakout sessions rounded out the day at Barcamp Ghana 2010. Oluniyi David Ajao led a breakout session on blogging. Challenges facing bloggers like poor internet connectivity, creativity (presentation) and work schedule were discussed. Charles Odonkor, a medical student at Yale University, organized a breakout session on brain power called “Declaring the decade of the brain”. Farida Bedwei who has cerebral palsy but is a renowned software programmer in Ghana shared her story with participants in this session. Florence Toffa of Mobile Web Ghana and Kwamena Appiah-Kubi of Mozilla Firefox led a session on Mobile Web applications.

The event run smoothly and the attendees relished the Barcamp experience. They praised the good turn out, brainstorming involved and relevance of information shared. It was important for the discussions to be documented. A list of relevant tweets from the Barcamp will be online soon. Various action items and plans were discussed at the Barcamp and as they are implemented, will be publicized. More info from and about Barcamp Ghana 2010 will be available on the Barcamp Ghana website http://barcampghana.org.