Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Board Development
  • Community


9206 5TH STLANHAM, MD 20706 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Distant Relatives Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the Washington D.C metropolitan area. Our mission is to provide comprehensive service to our "distant relatives" around the world through global commitment to underserved communities. This is done by creating opportunity and access to resources via community outreach and engagement. Our three core pillars include Education, Homelessness, and Healthcare.


The project was established in 2017 by William Asiedu after a personal return trip to Ghana. The vision was to create an outlet for the public to give back to the community in a manner that results in life changing impact; while connecting the diaspora to Africa through fellowship. The personal dream was to be the driving force of change in Ghana. In December 2017, the project was birthed after William visited his mother’s hometown, Akim Oda, to make an honest donation. Distant Relatives donated school supplies, clothing, toiletries, and computers, to over 8000 students at Chia Methodist Primary School A and B, located in the Eastern Region. In that same visit we provided medical supplies and equipment to 8 hospitals across the region. Finally, we raised enough money to renovate Seva AME Zion Primary school, and built a computer lab and library. This trip revealed our ability to drastically impact communities and create significant change in the lives of people. With the help of family and friends, we created a team of individuals who are passionate about helping those in desperate need and have a heart to serve other people.


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