The 4th in a series of soup dinners organized by Accra Soup is scheduled for the Saturday, July 2, this year. As part of activities for the SOUP, participants will pitch their ideas for innovative projects for social upliftment of the deprived in Accra. So far the Accra Soup has raised over one thousand Ghana cedis for three social projects in Accra
Accra Soup programme co-founded by Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Revival Paul Yiadom Boakye and Edwin Kwakofi, level 400 students of Ghana Institute of Journalism in 2015 aims at raising funds for social project through micro-grant dinners. It is Accra's response to the SOUP movement started in Detroit Michigan by Amy Kaherl and her team.
The SOUP concept invites participants to pitch their innovative ideas over a bowl of soup at a minimum amount of 5 Ghana cedis. Each pitch is allowed a minimum of four minutes to present a social project and an innovative solution to the problem. Winning idea are provided collected funds for the dinner to help fund the project.
The maiden edition of SOUP was in August last year, and it has had 3 editions since its inception, which means, three great ideas have been voted to help develop Accra.
The winning pitch in the initial edition was won by Action Accra for the construction of a playground for Jaynii Orphanage behind the lighthouse in Jamestown in Accra. Kids and Math won the second edition to find creative ways of teaching and learning mathematics. While Read Camp was chosen as winners in the third edition with a project aimed at encouraging reading habits in children.
Princess Allotey is a third year to-be actuarial Science student in the University of Ghana. She is the founder of “KIDS AND MATHS", an initiative organised to make mathematics more practical and related to real life issue.
A winning participant of the Accra Soup Miss Princess Allotey lauded the initiative and saw it a means of encouraging the youth in focusing on community development. “Accra SOUP doesn't really care how established your brand is; no matter how small your brand is, Accra SOUP is ready to help you grow'’ she said.
Miss Allotey was introduced to Accra Soup by a friend at University of Cape Coast through a link. She applied with no hope but fortunately she was called with her team to the dinner to pitch their idea on November 7, last year. Their idea was laudable hence won votes placing them first in the second edition of the Accra Soup. Their idea which they named “HAND 4 BOOK" was to help raise funds in getting pupils of Ashaiman Presbyterian school (their second impact) textbooks to aid in teaching them mathematics. They had enough money from the Accra Soup attendees (Soupers) to fund this project unlike their first impact at Kisseman which they used envelope fund raising from friends, family and loved ones.
Meanwhile, the winners at the third edition- Read Camp would present their progress report at the 4th edition. The Read Camp has been working with the funding from Accra Soup to organise a reading camp for children in the Madina area.
STORY AND PICTURES BY: PORTIA NEEQUAYE.
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