As part of our continual humanitarian effort and mission to positively impact communities in Ghana, GPNA hosted a clothing drive in December 2015 to donate clothing to flood victims and rural communities in Kasoa, Ghana.
- GPNA organized a clothing drive with Ghanaian churches and a hair braiding shop in Chicago and collected over 300 items of clothing. We next built a partnership with Ghana Technology University College’s student group, All Christian Fellowship (ACF), to assist with the delivery in Ghana. Every year as part of their community service ACF travels to a different town in Ghana to spend time with a village and send items in need. This year the trip took place from December 19-22. All participants and volunteers traveled together by university bus to Kasoa. GPNA President Davidson Zigah, and GPNA members also traveled to Kasoa to personally present the donations to community leaders in Kasoa. The program was a great success!
As part of our goal to connect and empower African students and professionals living in Chicago, GPNA partnered with various African professional and community groups in a Networking Mixer.
- GPNA hosted an African Professionals Networking Event in collaboration with the Nigerian American Professionals Association (NAPA), Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago, African Professional Alliance, and Cameroon Professional Network (CPN). The program was the first free African networking event in Chicago and brought together young African professionals from different communities. The evet catered to professionals looking to expand their network, transitioning careers, or whom are looking to meet and learn something from an experienced professional.
GPNA started the year with an African Youth forum at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Our goal was to provide a space for our members to attend with their children where they could learn valuable information and foster community engagement.
- In partnership with the United African Organization, break-out sessions were organized for African and African-American youth to come together to learn about immigration, education, and incarceration issues surrounding the communities in Chicago. Participants also enjoyed a catered Lunch, panel discussion, and youth cultural performances by After School Matters. Tables were set up for various organizations and community groups to pass out information and present interactive games.
In an effort to continue to provide enriching experiences for our members, the GPNA helped organize a town hall meeting. This event met our goal to provide our members with investment and financial educational opportunities that could lead to a successful future.
- In collaboration with the Ghana National Council and Group Nduom, the GPNA hosted a special Town Hall meeting to hear about Ghanaian investment opportunities and the newly acquired Illinois – Service Federal Savings Bank (ISF) in Chicago. This special program was catered to the Ghanaian community’s needs in Chicago. The discussion was led by Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, CEO The Nduom Group, Nana Kweku Nduom, Business Development, Group Nduom, and Papa Wassa “Chiefy” Nduom, Attorney. The event was at the Ghana Community Worship Center.
Our focus this year was to build community and provide resources to youth in Chicago. GPNA hosted our annual summer BBQ event, but this time partnered with the Ghana National Council to also coordinate a Back to School Program.
- In collaboration with the Ghana National Council, GPNA organized this family bbq event at Jackson Park in Chicago. Members, family, and friends were all invited to share in the festivities. There were free food, music, raffles, and games. In addition, we gave away 200 backpacks filled with school supply including pencils, notepads, and crayons. GPNA members were also provided networking opportunities to give shout-outs and share their business during the event. A resource table filled member business cards and information was nearby. The event was a huge success