About The Keno Project
The Keno Project is an US-based educational organization that uses cultural exchange as the impetus for improving conditions in developing communities. Through service learning programs, we teach aim to help communities meet their needs while challenging our students to experience a different way of living. While most service learning programs are run on a for-profit business model, The Keno Project has made a commitment to donate any excess funds to fuel development projects in our partner communities. We are currently in the process of incorporating in Colorado as a 501(c)3 educational non-profit.
In the Ga language, the word "keno" means "gift" or "talent". We aim to cultivate the natural talents and resources of our students and partner communities in order to fully utilize the human capital in each community. At The Keno Project, we believe that if passionate, talented people collaborate using existing resources, we can make a positive difference.
Service Learning Program
Our service learning program in Ghana gives American students an opportunity to learn about the cultural beliefs and values embedded in traditional dance and music, while also providing students daily opportunities to enhance their intercultural skills. Students will actively participate in the daily life of their host community and study traditional Ghanaian dance with the Keno Dance Company. In the spirit of reciprocity, a core value in Ghanaian society and a founding principle of the Keno Project, students will utilize their own knowledge and skills to develop and implement projects that benefit their host community.
Our goal is for students to complete our programs with increased global awareness, commitment to personal growth, sense of responsibility to community, and the skills to work and live cooperatively in a diverse society.
About Our Partner Village in Ghana
We are currently focusing our efforts in Govinakrom, our partner village in Ghana’s Eastern Region. Govinakrom stands on the border between the Eastern Region and the Volta Region just north of Greater Accra. It is an Ewe village, governed on the municipal level by a chief and a group of prominent village members. The local economy is limited to a few indigenous crops, but is centered on the production of sugar cane alcohol. In order to sell their goods, citizens of Govinakrom must trek down an unpaved, narrow road into town, where they are then at the mercy of their buyers and unable to decide their own asking price. Most people in the surrounding farming communities have to walk at least thirty minutes to get to a well, where they sometimes wait in line for hours to get water. There are many orphans in the community and no real facility to help them. Due to a lack of electricity, the local school has trouble attracting teachers and often stands empty during school hours. Despite these difficulties, the people in and around Govinakrom are welcoming, open-minded, and committed to the health and harmony of their community.
Our first development goal in Govinakrom is to help fund teacher training for Govinakrom residents on the condition that they will return and teach for a period of three years at the government school in their own community.