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Dear Friend,
 
I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are doing well during this time of uncertainty, change, adjustment and crisis.

One of the reasons you have not heard from me frequently, is because I am trying to cope with the current world crisis by being more introspective. I have also been overwhelmed with work, and also taking care of my Village. I'm also aware of how you have been inundated with news, so I did not want to add more for you to process. I pray that you are managing your anxiety level and still doing the best you can. Please know that I am sending you love and light even when you do not hear from me.

As the country (and the world) continue to deal with this pandemic, it was announced that #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the enormous need caused by COVID-19. As YOU know, I try to cultivate a culture of giving every day so while this day is significant, each day (for me) is a day to give of your heart (and whatever else you can).

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 is a day designed to focus on generosity, citizen engagement, and support for communities around the world. Despite the #StayAtHome and #SocialDistancing orders, I am encouraging you to think about ways in which you can show generosity on that day, and in general. This act of giving can be in the form of helping a neighbor, sending a note of appreciation to an essential worker, giving an extra tip when you pick up food from a restaurant, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to a charitable organization such as The Give Black Foundation . Our overall goal at this time is to ensure that at least 1000 we serve in Ghana have access to daily meals and essentials for the period April 1 to July 31, 2020.

As I mentioned, we have started this work already and have provided meals to the Trinity Hope Orphanage in Tutu and to a community in Kumasi. We know that we can continue this work, with your help.

I hope that you will join me in promoting generosity and choose to support us as we continue to take care of those we serve in Ghana. Just visit igiveblack.org and hit the DONATE tab.

Please take care of yourself and your loved ones and do not hesitate to reach out to me if you want to talk, or need something else. I really am here to serve.

With sincere gratitude,

Yaa Gyasi Peppy Parke
Executive Director & Founder
The Give Black Foundation
How can YOU help?
Please make a donation to our Foundation by clicking HERE .

We are also accepting donations of gently worn clothing for boys and girls aged 4-14. We will be working with our sister agency, Sankofa International to get these items shipped to Ghana.
Never forget, "One's man trash is another man's treasure."
After meeting many people from Ghana who I felt an instant connection with, I decided to go to Ghana in 2011. I was going to check the country out and to connect with people I have always felt a strong connection with, but that first trip changed changed my life in ways that I am forever thankful for.

My focus was shifted in 2011 and I was now headed in a new direction which involved actively and directly helping others. On that trip, I met so many beautiful people while there and had a spiritual connection with our ancestors that shook me to the core, but what spoke to my heart the most was walking on the grounds of the Trinity Home Orphanage and seeing the faces of the beautiful children there.

I will never forget when Gloria #1 and I laid eyes on each other...we were inseparable and I promised Mama Sophia that I would do my best to adopt her. When I returned in 2012, she was no longer at the orphanage and I was heartbroken. That same year, I met Grace Essibir and decided I would invest in her education at Akoma International Academy -- she graduated in 2017. In 2015, I met Gloria #2 and I am actively working on giving her a better life because at 8 years old she has been through some horrible things, and I know that if I stick with helping her, I can change the course of her life. In 2017, I decided to invest in the education of Charity who attends Akoma International and I insisted on meeting her parents because she is not an orphan. Together, we are working to give her the best education she can get and for $350US a year, you can do the same.

"TODAY" is actually every day and YOU too, can make a difference. If you donated before, and especially towards the 100 Book Bags & 100 Flip Flops Drive, the Akoma Toilet Project, or the Laptop Project of 2019, we sincerely thank you, and yes, we are also asking you to donate TODAY. The work is HUGE and we cannot do it alone.
“The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own. ” — Lao Tzu