Monday, 1 September 2014

National Volunteer Day 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 [dot] org

Source: GhanaThink Foundation

Monday, 28 July 2014

Peace Corps Ghana #HackMalaria Hackathon!

Hiey Guys,

Is been a long time. :D

Two weeks ago I was at Mobile Web Ghana in Madina, for Peace Corps Ghana's #hackmalaria hackathon.. The hackathon was in collaboration with Mobile Web Ghana and Coders4Africa.

Malaria still remains the number one killer in Ghana.
Some participants. Photo by Matt
The Goal of this hackathon was to develop apps that will raise more awareness about malaria.

As a newbie developer (Always a newbie huh! :-D). I was very glad meeting advanced and newbies like myself at this hackathon.

During the hackathon we were also joined by Patrick Choquette and Matthew McAllister of Peace Corps’ Department for Innovation in DC via Skype-in during lunch to show their support.

I was glad to say hi to Patrick via Skype too :-) thanks to Peace Corps Mapdown and other OpenStreetMap related projects; such 2014 West Africa Ebola Response :-). If you want to help create a free digital map of Ghana and the world then let's talk, so I can help you get started!

Meeting new people is no exception to hackathons, I was glad to see some good old friends and meet new ones too.

Thanks to Lynda you can read all about this hackathon here

It was great and fun!

Thanks to PCV Ghana, Joshua Kim, Selorm, MWG, SWAT and everyone who made this a success!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Have You Heard of Wiki Loves Earth in Ghana 2014?

 By Kobebigs

I guess some you might have seen Wiki Loves Earth on the web. If not you can now via all social networks is just @wikilovesearth and hashtag #Wikilovesearth

Do you know how it feels when you see a photo by you (Yes I mean you the one reading this) used to illustrate something on Wikipedia or any Wikimedia Foundation project? Then come help during Wiki Loves Earth.

What's Wiki Loves Earth all about?

Wiki Loves Earth is an international photo contest of taking pictures of natural heritage that took place in May 2014 and still ongoing in Ghana, Germany, India, Algeria, and more here till June 30th ,2014.

I want to cut it short.

So why am I sharing or writing about this? Am inviting you to come share your photos of natural heritage sites in Ghana (taken now or earlier) with Wikipedia and sister projects. 

How? What? Who?

It's simple, this image should be your own work, When uploaded it must be released under CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Who? Anyone at all can participate. Click here for more on what to upload and how to do it.

Below is a photo I randomly picked from the ones uploaded so far here

By Kobina ebo (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

What Do I get? 

Not much but more than you might expect. See here for more about the prizes.

Feel free to ask me any questions.

Get involved today!

Further Reading


Sunday, 11 May 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day Card (Wikimedia Commons)
I still remember the lovely voices of the Nursery and Kindergarten pupils, when I was a teacher at Javard International School, shouting:

Danye si dzim, me lɔ wo ŋutɔ... (language: ee)

Meaning: My mother who gave birth to me, I love you so much!

That one line is the beginning of a rhythm. The energy, love and power that is used by these kids to say this aloud can be heard by the whole school and beyond. As I write it's echoing.... :-D

Mothers do a great job even when fathers refuse to do their part, they add it up to theirs. What a lovely mother they are!

The only thing you can give back to your mother is the LOVE.. I'll like to use this post to say Happy Mother's Day to my mum, her twin sister, Ghanaian and African mothers, and to ALL responsible mothers around the globe.

I LOVE YOU ALL... MUM... GOD BLESS YOU.