Keta Foundation

Raising Funds to Support Projects to Improve the Volta Region of Ghana Africa.

Cape Carteret, NC   |  https://www.ketafoundation.org

Mission

Keta Foundation would be grateful for your support in enabling us to pursue needed projects for the Volta Region of Ghana. Our primary focus areas are education, health, agriculture, housing, environment, communications, infrastructure, energy, and tourism. Projects range from the restoration of various buildings of colonial and historic significance, such as Fort Prinzenstein, to the development of anti-malaria home treatment teams, an artisanal fishery and wildlife center, medical clinics, affordable housing projects, telecom improvements and eco-tourism and immersive education experiences. We hope, with your aid, to do much more – to provide jobs, better housing, medicine and nutrition for these joyous people who refuse to have their spirits beaten down by their circumstances.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mr. Gavin P. Smith

Main address

203 Taylor Notion Rd

Cape Carteret, NC 28584 USA

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EIN

47-4440382

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (R12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Slavery in its many insidious guises is alive and flourishing in Ghana, and throughout the world. Today, as always, it is fueled by avarice, poverty and ignorance. We seek to eliminate these root causes of modern slavery through a unique mix of education and activism. Through this, we wish to bring about pragmatic solutions and funds to implement viable solutions for these problems. We will remove the shackles impeding economic development – the key to a secure future for the people of Ghana.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Freedom University Keta

In response to the request of His Majesty Togbi Sri III (19 April 2012), we are working to establish Freedom University, a progressive academic institution, to be built adjacent to an infamous slave prison and shipping point on land recovered from the sea.

Freedom University will satisfy the needs of scholars and historians to have a slave studies center situated in Africa – the only one of its kind – providing proximity to the epicenter of this inhuman practice, and opportunities for research of slave routes and markets, dungeons in which they were held; transportation to the Caribbean and more. The Fort Prinzenstein setting provides emotional and physical immediacy for such studies – one impossible to duplicate thousands of miles away.

Academic Excellence and Social Responsibility:

But this is only one aspect of the strategic plan. Freedom University will become Africa’s foremost slave studies and anti-slavery activist institution, hosting teams of Pioneers who, under the guidance of a distinguished faculty, will analyse, propose and initiate projects fundamental to the health, welfare, economic stability and future of Keta, the Volta Region and all Africa.

A three week Global Slavery Summit at Keta planned for July 2016, will unite leading international scholars, scientists, economists, architects, healthcare specialists, entrepreneurs and celebrities, to find pragmatic solutions and funds to implement them for problems that are shackles impeding economic development – the key to a secure future for the people of Ghana.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of government officials who publicly support the advocacy effort

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of list subscribers

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Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples, People of African descent, Economically disadvantaged people

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of Sept 2017, subscriber total now 976 and grows at average of 15-20 per week.

Number of unique website visitors

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of Sept 2017 = 56,083 and trending up.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Keta Foundation has been established to raise funds for the benefit of a number of philanthropic and other institutions in Ghana, Africa, and globally.

In Ghana, a primary beneficiary of U.S. donations will be Freedom University, based in Keta, Volta Region, Ghana, which will host students, faculty, staff and alumni who wish to become informed social activists in the battle against modern slavery. This project is funded under the aegis of the Freedom Corps Ghana Pioneer program.

A further sustainable project of considerable importance supported by the Keta Foundation is Freedom University's annual Keta Global Slavery Summit, designed to engage scholars, leaders, and experts in diverse fields to find and implement solutions to attack the core problems of ignorance, poverty, intolerance and lack of opportunity that fuels slavery throughout the world.

Keta Foundation will also assist victims - particularly children - at a number of benevolent institutions in Ghana. These include, but are not limited to HardtHaven, Kapando (Ghana's HIV/Aids Orphan's Home), Challenging Heights, Winnenden (HardtHaven promotes youth and family empowerment and children's rights to education and freedom from forced labour in Ghana), Adele Orphanage, Nkwanta, founded by the mother of our dear friend, Daniel N'gkobo nearly 50 years ago, who together with Angelika, has devoted all his income and efforts for the past two decades to keeping it going.

And then, there are the impoverished, semi-isolated and nearly forgotten men, women and children of Bomigo Island, a proud, highly artistic, hospitable people, with no local employment, their daily lives plagued by treatable illness, marked malnutrition, and clouds of mosquitos. The Chairman of Volta Region, Dr Normanyo “said it was profoundly regrettable that the youth of these areas were left to waste away; whirling in cycles of poverty; ignorance and backwardness; unaffected by policy and forced to drift to the cities to be manipulated by the dangerous vicissitudes of urban life.'

In 2000, three Bomigo girls were drowned on the way to school in an unstable canoe – the only means of transport. Just one of the many goals of Keta Foundation, is to purchase a secure motorboat to take children to school. But we hope with your aid, to do much more – to provide jobs, better housing, medicine and nutrition for these joyous people who refuse to have their spirits beaten down by their circumstances.

We have identified a variety of much needed projects for the Volta Region that will make a major impact in Ghana.

Our primary focus areas are education, health, agriculture, housing, environment, communications, infrastructure, energy, and tourism.

Projects range from the restoration of various buildings of colonial and historic significance, such as Fort Prinzenstein, to the development of anti-malaria home treatment teams, an artisanal fishery and wildlife center, medical clinics, affordable housing projects, telecom improvements and eco-tourism and immersive education experiences.

With the counsel of Emmanuel Akyeampong, and a visionary definition of the future role of a polytechnic institute, we have been able to re-define our goals and establish an initial time table for meeting them regarding the Freedom University and Freedom Corps Ghana Projects. As our financial base and human resources expand and permit greater flexibility and scope in our undertakings, these goals will be constantly updated and refined.

In addition to our core team of dedicated volunteer managers and strategic partners, who have developed a range of educational, industrial, agricultural and social projects over the past two years, we rely on guidance and assistance from our distinguished Advisory Board.

We are proud to announce that our two initial scholars and educators, Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong of Harvard University, and Professor Victor Gadzekpo of Ghana, have now been joined on our Advisory Committee by Professor Elyséé Soumonni of l'Université Nationale du Bénin, Cotonou, Professor Kodzo Gavua of the University of Ghana, Legon, and Professor Sandra Green of Cornell University.

We have secured permission from the Keta Municipal Assembly, His Majesty Togbi Sri III (King of the Anlo-Ewe people), the Chiefs and private owners of land and historical sites for 1) renovation/revitalization of existing buildings and 2) construction of needed new facilities. We have secured partnerships with clay manufacturers, portable agricultural processing manufacturers, prefab/building construction companies and banking facilities for credit funding and backing at the local/regional level. We have developed 20 detailed proposals/plans for much needed improvements in the region. We are now in the process of aggressive fundraising to fuel these projects for immediate start.

Financials

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Keta Foundation

Board of directors
as of 9/29/2021
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Board chair

Gavin Smith

Board leadership practices

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    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
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    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes

Organizational demographics

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