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Tzedakah Fund for the Benefit and Improvement of the Ghanian People

To bridge the gap between technology and culture to create effective global citizens.

https://www.tzedakah.charity/ Tax ID 81-1424691


At the age  of 12, I was afforded a rare experience that has given my life purpose  since. I visited an uncle on his Cotton farm in Dassa, Benin for the  summer vacation. He was my father’s younger brother, and he lived a less  than modest life. I was charged to deliver t-shirts my father had  purchased for him during his travels throughout Europe. He was ecstatic  and elated to have the new garments and could not stop relating his  thank you’s. The vacation consisted of living life as he lived it and  experiencing an amazing part of my culture. We woke up at 5 am, our  alarm was the literal cockcrow. Soon after getting up, breakfast was  made and consisted mostly of the leftovers of the night before. Then off  to the plantation, it was. Here, we cultivated or harvested cotton  depending on the side of the farm we were located on. This was no easy  labor, rather harsh and vicious work that demanded hours of muscle  activity under an unforgiving sun. This would go on for the better part  of the morning and the afternoon with just a half hours sweet relief for  lunch, which consisted of beans mixed with gari (farina like substance  made from cassava). This meal was said to give you energy and support  for your muscles. It wasn’t but years later that I understood what that  meant and learned that beans contain protein which builds muscles and  helps burn stored fat turning it into energy. But I digress. My days  went on in the same fashion, with body aches and blistered hands for an  entire month. It wasn’t until a few days before the end of my “magical”  vacation, that I started asking questions that troubled my young mind  the entire time. So I asked my uncle, how come if you work so hard, you  live in a hut made of clay, and most days you can barely afford to make  hands meet? Do you not sell the cotton harvested from the farm? Did you  always want to be a farmer? Why not follow in your brother’s footsteps  and get into public affairs? All great questions, or so I thought until I  provided answers and I became even more confused.

African life  is less than ideal for the multitude, and it is not because they are  lazy, and it is not because they don’t contribute to the world’s  economy. In fact, they contribute more so than the average westerner.  The major difference here is that in the west, you are paid a fair wage  for your labor. My uncle produced the cotton that made the t-shirts, he  so loved and appreciated, yet he barely received 1 cent on the dollar  for his hard work. And while the tides are shifting, like the slow hands  of time, we find ourselves reliving these realities. We are now part of  a global economy, one that sways us left and right without so much of  our say so. Our kids will continue in this global economy and will fight  for the same jobs that western kids will fight for. Are we really  affording them a fair chance of success? American and European kids are  introduced to computers at an early age. By the second grade, computers  are easily accessible to every child. This endeavor was so important  that President Obama’s administration launched the STEM campaign,  ensuring a one per student environment for most schools.

Every  African elect president sings the same chant, “every kid will have a  computer on their laps during my presidency”. They do this because they  know the urgency of the matter. They do this because they know there is a  need and a demand. But once on the job, they fail at this promise or  they fail at the know-how.

It is high time, we challenge the  status quo and start by providing our next generation with a seat at the  decision table. Itinere Cloud and Tzedakah are here to meet that  challenge and face it head-on. Utilizing proven technology currently  being used in the US, Canada, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland, and an  approach that is designed to disrupt the current way of things to make  way for a better path.