Due to the Ebola crisis, tourism across all of Africa has declined sharply. Although there have been no reported cases of Ebola in Ghana or any of its bordering countries, the Dagbe Cultural Institute & Arts Centre in the Ghanaian village of Kopeyia has had almost half of its group bookings canceled through summer 2015, resulting in more than $20,000 in lost revenue.

To help provide direct financial support to Dagbe's staff and their families in Kopeyia during this difficult time, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Dagbe Institute USA, Inc. ("Dagbe USA") the US-based non-profit we've established to handle donations. The money raised will be distributed equally among the 19 staff members currently employed by Dagbe.

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For the past 30 years, the Dagbe Cultural Institute, a major economic engine in the culturally vibrant village of Kopeyia, has relied almost exclusively on revenue from visitors fees to cover staffing and operational costs. With the Ebola crisis making headlines around the world, many groups have canceled bookings. As a result, Dagbe is left without the financial resources needed to pay its dedicated local staff.

We are reaching out to the extended Dagbe community around the world for help. Please consider making a donation to a staff stipend fund so that Dagbe's employees can continue to earn a living without being forced to relocate to the capital city of Accra to look for work. Your support will not only help families in Kopeyia stay together, but will ensure that Dagbe and the rich traditions that it teaches will continue on for years to come.

Each of Dagbe's 19 current employees (class instructors, groundskeepers and kitchen crew) will be paid a stipend of $35/month out of the fund until the outbreak has calmed down and business returns to normal. During this time, they will continue to meet, rehearse and maintain the Dagbe grounds.

Donations will be processed by Network for Good® on behalf of Dagbe USA, our US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. Any funds raised in excess of the amount needed to cover staff salaries will either go to a general fund for expenses at Dagbe (maintenance costs, capital improvement projects, utility bills, etc.) or to support US outreach by Dagbe USA to increase the stream of visitors to Dagbe.

(Secure donations through Network for Good®)

 

Sincerely,

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THE DAGBE INSTITUTE USA

Emmanuel K. Agbeli
Director, Dagbe Cultural Institute

Professor David Locke
Tufts University

Jeremy Cohen
Founder & Director, ThisWorldMusic®

Andrew Potter
Co-Founder, EkonowAfrica

Professor Thomas Faux
Illinois State University