A Globe Aware volunteer with great intentions was looking for a unique perspective to stand out from the crowd to raise funds for a village he fell in love with. He came up with the idea that donors can become a Chief of the local village, nice thought but is it just another example of tourism intruding into cultures? Is it just too contrived to have real appeal? Or is it a brilliant new method to fundraise for needy projects?
OBJECTIVE: Become an Ghana Elder by contributing to the construction of a school for the children of Mafi-Wudukpo
TERMS: If we reach at least $5,000, then Globe Aware, a 501(c)(3) & Colleen & Peter Sheehan will match dollar for dollar to help build a school for the children of Mafi-Wudukpo, Ghana.
On a volunteer trip to Ghana, Peter Sheehan from Chicago IL was officially made chief of Mafi-Wudukpo, a village in Ghana. Peter accepted the new moniker Torgbui Nubueke I which translates to the “new dawn.” With this new honor comes new responsibility so Peter Sheehan, along with his wife Colleen are looking for a team of “elders” to help with the first of many projects for their newly adopted village.
The Sheehans will be donating a dollar for dollar match up to $5,000 to help finance a new school for the children of Mafi-Wudukpo. When the goal is reached, Globe Aware, a 501C3 will manage the construction of this new school.
As an elder you will be viewed like royalty, and the people of Mafi-Wudukpo will have developed special ways of demonstrating their gratitude:
Class room named after you
Photo showing nameplate of class room dedicated in your honor
plus $500 honors
Village chiefs will make you an Elder and give you a tribal name
Name inscribed on centrally located brick (English and Ghanaian name)
plus $250 honors
Name inscribed on centrally located brick (English)
Photo of completed school with village chiefs
Photo and email updates throughout construction
Photo of completed school