nKoso: Value Driven

Sylvester Owusu, March 18, 2013

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My high school motto was “Whatever hurts my brother hurts me" and we lived by it. Respect, love and care were shared among classmates and faculty in this small but diverse school. About 700 students from all cultures and corners of the world attend St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ. My experience there has shaped my life greatly. It is there that I saw the greatness in life. It is there that I found this great responsibility in becoming one with the world and not just part of the world. This motto “Whatever hurts my brother hurts me” helped set the stage…

nKoso also has a motto and this motto is embedded in our four values. We operate and live by them. Our values consist firstly of cultural awareness. Every culture is different, therefore we are determined to approach every culture that we encounter with care, love, and respect. Understanding a culture is the first step to understanding the people. We adapt to the culture we are visiting not the other way around.

Another one of our values is accessibility. Yes, we live in the United States and many of those we try to serve are a long way from us, but the world is becoming a global community and it's our moral obligation to support the goodness of our neighbor. There's a saying in Africa that says "it takes a village to raise a child ". nKoso believes that every child deserves access to a quality education. With this belief we've created access points for our donors to connect with students around the globe to help them attend school. We make it so easy and safe that you can enjoy the benefit from your sofa. Contributing to a charity should be easy and safe for everyone.

nKoso is a variation of the Twi (a native Ghanaian language) word "nkɔsoɔ" meaning advancement, another one of our values. Thanks to technology we can connect with anyone anywhere around the world and this is only going to get easier. nKoso is ready to use crowd funding to partner with people like you to help fund tuition and school costs for students who need you the most. We believe that this way their families, their community, and their country will have a chance to advance. A community is strengthened as individuals grow.

Simply, you are giving money to help a cause. You deserve to know where your money is going. nKoso is 100%, transparent 100% of the time. Transparency is very important to us and we know it is important to our donors as well. Honesty goes a long way. Your contributions always go where they are intended to go. We want you to be part of the process, so that you can be comfortable knowing where your money is every step of the way, and enjoying the feelings of giving.