Salih Self-Development Center
of Aboabo, Kumasi, Ghana
The Salih Self-Development Center of Aboabo, Kumasi, Ghana seeks to distribute resources to meet community health needs especially in combatting malaria and diabetes and will provide disadvantaged and orphaned children with health education and vocational training. As a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, the Salih Self-Development Center plans to be established in the Aboabo district of Kumasi, Ghana with the support of an international community of friends. Property has already been found and reserved for the construction of the Center. A professional architect in Maryland has developed a conceptual design and a scale model has been constructed. This Center with its caravansary design of two floors surrounding an open interior courtyard will have two classrooms for vocational instruction, storage rooms for materials and equipment, a conference room, clinical rooms for consultation, bathrooms and a storage room for medical supplies and other necessities needed for distribution. An office, reception room and living accommodations will be constructed for the management of this Center. Additional accommodations and meeting or classroom spaces will be available on the second floor of the facility to welcome and provide for visiting teachers, doctors, pharmacists and volunteers. A building contractor in Kumasi, Ghana has been consulted by the Salih Self Development project manager for an estimate on construction material costs and has provided a detailed list of expenses which amount to approximately $100,000.00 USD. The Salih Self Development Center will begin construction as soon as major funding permits.
The Salih Self-Development Center is urgently needed to support the public health education and vocational training of the local people of Aboabo. Since compulsory education is not required of all children in Kumasi, Ghana, the disadvantaged and orphaned do not have the means to afford a formal education. They have been dependent on the good will of others for support. This good will is unreliable and these children can be abused by others who might use them for their advantage. Negative influences need to be countered by positive self-development options. Having a reliable self- development center serving the needs of the community and providing the means by which the disadvantaged and orphaned can be educated, will improve the quality of life for all the people in Aboabo. The Salih Self-Development Center is dedicated to distributing resources to combat hunger, diabetes, and malaria. A local pharmacist has been consulted to determine how best to provide education for personal hygiene, nutrition and family planning. The Center also seeks to promote the learning of vocational skills most specifically tailoring for girls and Kinta cloth weaving for boys. With the construction of the Center additional vocational programs are planned. Finally it strives to cultivate an eco-consciousness for waste management and environmental conservation and will teach its clients about the proper care and feeding of animals for human consumption.
Major milestones have been reached in realizing the vision of the Salih Self-Development Center by its founder Ibrahim (Anyars) Salih, a native son of Aboabo Township in Kumasi, Ghana. He came to the United States with the One Dream Foundation in 2008 using his basketball skills to acquire a high school and college education. He left in Ghana his parents and two sisters who live in Ghana. He has worked tirelessly for the last six years networking with people to support the needs of his home community and is presently attending Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. With the assistance of the mentors he has in Maryland, Ibrahim has established the Salih Self-Development Center as a nonprofit 501c3 foundation enabling supporters to receive tax deductions for their contributions. Additionally he manages a web site: http://salihcenter.org/ advocating the mission and accomplishments of the Salih Self-Development Center and facilitating the on-line solicitation of donations. With board member David Weeks’ three trips to Ghana, the community of Aboabo has received approximately 80 blood testing kits for diabetics, mosquito netting to combat malaria, eye glasses for the elderly, bags of rice, clothing and recreational equipment . With the support of Project Manager Musa Salih in Aboabo, the vocational training programs of tailoring for girls and Kinta cloth weaving for boys have been launched as elders teach youth skills for self-sufficient living. These two vocational training initiatives are presently based in two temporary locations until the construction of the Salih Self Development Center is complete. With his marketing and local networking strengths, Musa Salih has also promoted the life skills aspects of the Salih Self-Development Center on national television with a July 2012 interview on a morning news program with Channel 3 in the capital city of Accra. In 2013 the Aboabo, Kumasi political leaders have helped to secure a plot of land in the Aboabo Township for the construction of the Salih Center for Self Development. Preliminary architectural drawings for this Center were completed in October 2013. Plans are in progress for the acquisition of a van by donation or purchase in the United States for export to Ghana to provide taxi service in Aboabo with profits directed to the Salih Self-Development Center. This local income stream coupled with some proceeds from the vocational program will help supplement the fundraising efforts in the United States targeted to the construction of the Salih Self-Development Center. With the completion of the Center the mission of serving the health education and vocational training needs of the orphaned and disadvantaged in Aboabo, Kumasi will be more fully realized with all its operations under one roof. Although completing the funding for the construction of the Salih Self-Development Center will be challenging, much has already been accomplished in the promotion and establishment of the Center’s mission since the Salih Corporation was founded in 2009.
For more information contact:
Ibrahim Salih(Glenelg Country School 2010)
President of the Salih Self Development Center
8447 Kings Meade Way
Columbia MD 21046