Sankofa International, Inc. (Sankofa) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Washington, D.C. In short, the mission of Sankofa is to help needy Africans become self-sustaining, and it has been doing so since 1993. Education is a critical component to ensure success.
In 1997, Sankofa launched an annual program to donate school supplies to rural elementary schools in Ghana.
In 2002, Sankofa awarded full scholarships (covered fees, books, accommodations, and pocket money) to three students (Emilia Nyamaa-age 16; Michael Asamoah-age 17; and Beatrice Yeboah-age 16). All three students were graduates of the Adum-Afrancho Junior Secondary School at Afrancho in the Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma District of Ghana’s Ashanti Region. On scholarship, Emilia and Michael attended Senior Secondary School (Academic High School) and Beatrice attended Vocational School (emphasis on catering services). Since then, over a dozen students have graduated from Senior Secondary, Vocational, and Technical Schools.
In 2005, Mr. Ronald Settle, a resident of Virginia, established under Sankofa the “Nellene Turner Settle Award For Excellence In The Face Of Adversity”. Priscilla Obeng Kwakye, a sixteen year old from Kumasi, Ghana won the award including a full scholarship at the senior secondary school level. Unfortunately, after two years, Priscilla became ill and was unable to complete her education.
Isaac Abu attended Winneba Secondary School graduating in 2009. Isaac was sponsored by Joan Mancuso, a resident of Florida.
In June 2010, Gifty Nyarko was Sankofa's first university graduate. She graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a degree in Human Settlement Planning.
There were four graduates in 2011. Joyce Nartey graduated from Elite College with an emphasis in science; Richard Arko from Toase Senior High School; Florence Nyarko from Serwaa nyarko Girls Secondary School, and Benedicta Minlah from Accra Polytechnic with a HND Accounting Certificate.