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The Sankofa Center

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Health & Medicine
  • International

Location

1230 Bordeaux DriveSunnyvale, CA 94089 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

At The Sankofa Center we empower people to wipe out HIV/AIDS in our lifetime. We do this through utilizing traditional African dance, music, and drama to educate people of all ages in Ghana. Through the arts we foster healthy behaviors to prevent, detect, and treat HIV/AIDS. We provide free counseling, rapid HIV testing, and connections to local community resources. Our efforts are supported through a line of products that are made fairly by our cooperative in Ghana. We are here to make a difference!

Description

Sankofa is an ancient African proverb symbolized by a bird looking backwards. It asks people to revisit their past in order to correct the mistakes that may affect their future. The Sankofa Center uses the dance and music of Africa’s past to foster a healthier future and a better understanding of HIV/AIDS.

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The Sankofa Center’s programming is two-fold: touring dance-dramas are aimed at educating margainalized villagers with little access to resources and information; after-school programs target youth between the ages of 13-19+.

The Sankofa Center also conducts classroom educational seminars, provides free on-the spot rapid testing, and links women, men, and youth to treatment. We have reached over 47,000 villagers and 35,000 students since 2006.

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