Childhood is defined very differently in Africa-Ghana. Children grow out of their childhood very quickly and some will never have the chance of experiencing ‘childhood’. Whether they live on the streets or they have to work to support their families, children have little time to rest, play or learn. DUNK- Standing for Developing Unity Nurturing Knowledge gives the children from Nima and Jamestown; two of the most deprived communities, an opportunity to play, learn and grow in a safe and healthy environment using sports as a hook. Join our great mission – donate to our program or work as a volunteer in Ghana or from all over the world!
DUNK-GRASROOTS, formerly known as ABaCoDe - Ghana is a Non-Governmental Organization registered under the laws of Ghana in 2011 with the Registrar General and the Department of Social Welfare. In May 2013, a change of name was realized and registered again under the Registrar General of companies and the Department of Social Welfare as a Non-Governmental organization with registration number G-34 , 548.
Despite Accra’s recent development, some urban communities still suffer from violence, illiteracy, and unemployment. All communities DUNK operate in are identified as marginalized and lack safe spaces for youth to make positive use of their energy. We have witnessed real cases as children are left with no choice, with a high risk of indulging themselves in petty theft, internet fraud (scam), unhealthy sexual practices , school drop-outs ; to mention a few. Needless to say there is a lack of organized programs for the youth living in these communities.
DUNK! was established in 2011 in Nima, the third poorest community of Accra (Ghana) reaching out to 80 children between ages of 8-19yrs. It is very difficult to estimate the percentage of unemployment in Nima but according (AMA 2010 Census) 70% of the population works in the informal sector mostly as traders. Quite often, children have to work as street hawkers or porters to help support the family (selling oranges, sachet water or carrying customers’ loads "Kayayo"). Illiteracy is a major setback for the development of the community. Among the population of Nima, 34% have never attended school and it is estimated that for 60% of the population primary school is their highest level of school completed. JamesTown was the first location the British settled in as they colonized Ghana, then called the Gold Coast. It even earned the title of British Accra but still remains the most deprived communities of the capital. With an estimated population of 125,000 people. 40% of girls and 20% of boys have ever engaged in an unhealthy sexual activities. The successes of DUNK's Nima project lead to the replication and adoption of Jamestown community. DUNK in collaboration with GAMADA constructed a new Community Youth Development Center in Jamestown earlier in 2016. The facility includes a multipurpose court, an innovative Library, an equipment & office space and a vocational center. All this has been possible also thanks to the support of Bajfreight & Logistics, Friends of DUNK in Italy, Switzerland and our crowd funding efforts on the Global Giving. https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/sports-and-education-center-for-james-townghana/