NKA FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization started in 2005. Their mission focus on the development of communities in Africa through arts and design.
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Nka Foundation is a nonprofit organization in the United States that exists to serve underserved communities in Africa. We do this by creating a network of project sites in the underserved communities where individuals, groups and institutions across the globe can come to immerse and interact with the needy communities to build cultural bridges for skills and knowledge transfer. Since 2008, Nka Foundation has been running arts and mud house design projects in Ghana, Mali and Tanzania with focus on “tapping local resources for sustainable development”. Nka Foundation projects promote volunteerism.
The works of Nka Foundation began in 2005. From 2008 through 2010, Nka organized workshops and symposia in partnerships with some universities in Ghana and Mali to stimulate conversations and artistic interventions for solutions to the challenges of tapping the abundant local resources for sustainable development in sub-Sahara Africa. By 2009, we felt a deep need to create a model arts village at Abetenim that can be replicated in other parts of Africa, to continue to address the problem through design-build workshops, arts workshops, design competitions and outreach to the local community by means of building projects and education enrichment.
Today, Nka Foundation is building a network of arts villages involving Ghana, Gambia, Senegal and Tanzania. The arts village is designed as a learning center to provide relational spaces for creative people from the region and other countries to live, work, learn and create. Nka Foundation’s rural projects therefore draw on asset-based approach to community development by immersion in the rural community and by the mobilization of existing, but often unrecognized abundant local resources to enable the underserved community drive its own development process.