Hope for Africa has been engaged in development initiatives on the African continent since 1996. Many of our activities have been short term, one time projects that we felt would affectively address a problem, set wheels in motion to solve a problem or call attention to a problem followed by resolution. The Past Projects section of our website feature several of our past initiatives that we feel are consistent with our purpose and mission. As an NGO in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECSOC) of the United Nations the organization must submit a Quadrennial Report of Activities to the NGO Section. Click here HFA Quadrennial Report of Activities to read the Economic and Social Council (ECSOC) of the United Nations. Each NGO that receives consultative status from ECOSOC is also given a sub-site on the United Nations website for submitting reports and hosting other information. The HFA report can also be read at our UN website as follows: (www.un.org/ECOSOC/ngo) user name: (firstname.lastname@example.org) login: (tydoip).
Co-sponsor of Royal Visit from the King of Porto Novo
One of Hope for Africa’s founding principles is to “Build a strong, perpetual, economic, cultural and spiritual bridge between Africa and the African Diaspora for the greater development of Africa continentally and globally.” The achievement of that principle requires reconciliation between Africans residing on the continent and the African Diaspora descendants of the transatlantic slave trade. It would have been impossible for the transatlantic slave trade to reach the level that it did without the consent and involvement of African leaders (Kings and Chiefs of that era).
On April 17, 2008 an unprecedented visit from the traditional King of Porto Novo, Benin took place. King Kpoto-Zounme Hakpon III visited Boston, Massachusetts through the co-sponsorship of Hope for Africa, Wheelock College, UMass Boston and the Haitian Multi-Purpose Center. The king made the purpose of his visit clear in every speech and interview that he gave. He publicly acknowledged that his ancestors facilitated the slave trade. “I came here so that the people of African descent can reconnect our lines and heritage, to reconstruct the homeland,” King Hakpon said. He is a direct descendant of the legendary “Leopard Kings of Dahomey” that controlled the “Slave Coast” trade. The purpose of his visit was clearly one of reconciliation and healing.
King Kpoto-Zounme Hakpon III seated on throne with the familial leopard emblem
The king met with Governor Deval Patrick, state legislators, the city council, college students, community leaders and everyday people. His message was always the same. At the end of each event he prayed for the souls of Africans that died in the Middle Passage or from the brutality of their captors during enslavement. He often poured libations to the spirits of captive ancestors. The king also left some culturally and spiritually significant artifacts to the African Diaspora community in America. The iron artifacts called Assen are ancestral objects used to symbolically feed and nourish ancestral spirits so that they have strength to help their living descendants. The king’s visit was covered in the Boston Globe and in the Star Banner, a local daily that covers Ocala, Florida where he also visited. Click here King of Porto Novo’s Visit to read both news articles on the king’s visit.
Policlinica Bissau Project
Hope for Africa works with public and private organizations to bring resources and services to the African continent. One of the services most needed by many African nations is access to quality health care. In the late summer of 2006, HFA entered into a strategic partnership arrangement with the Intercontinental Trading Group (ITG) and Instituto Nacional de Previdencia Social (INPS) to bring an American style health clinic to the nation of Guinea-Bissau. Mr. Nuno Nabiam, a Guinea-Bissau citizen educated in the USA, owns ITG and INPS is a sub-ministry level government agency of the Republic of Guinea. These two entities collaborated to form Policlinica Bissau Lda., a private corporation under local law. ITG contributed $450,000 USD in equity in the form of medical equipment shipped from the USA while INPS deeded a building to the clinic valued at $212,000 USD.
Hope for Africa developed the business/financial plan for Polinica Bissau to successfully acquire a $275,400 USD loan to complete building renovation and start up/working capital for the clinic. HFA also helped the clinic project to obtain its medical equipment and supplies donation from the American Medical Resource Foundation (AMRF) in Brockton, Massachusetts. In addition, HFA served as the tax-exempt pass through organizations for donations to the project that came primarily from the expatriate Guinea-Biaasau community in the Greater Boston area.
Prior to the opening of Policlinica Bissau the country had only four clinics and two hospitals to serve a population of 1.4 million people. Many people traveled to the city of Dakar in neighboring Senegal for health care. Others with the financial means traveled as far away as Lisbon, Portugal, for health services.
Policlinica Bissau opened its doors in November of 2007. The clinic provides general medical services with a heavy focus on prenatal and post-natal women’s health care. It is an outpatient clinic with limited beds for in-patients. The clinic promotes preventive health care including regularly scheduled check ups. The clinic has an aggressive community outreach program that includes work with NGOs and village organizations involved with health services.
Policlinica Bissau building in downtown Bissau City just prior to opening
Hope for Africa strongly believes that trade between African nations and the African Diaspora is essential for mutual growth and development. Click here Trade Missions to learn more about our past work with promoting and advocating trade between African nations and the African Diaspora.