The Pumpkins Foundation was founded by Baisiwa Dowuona-Hammond a.k.a. Queen B the Co-host of the award winning morning show “GH Today” on GH One TV. Her idea is to give children an opportunity to feel a part of the process of giving one of their own a better chance in life by participating in the foundation’s “Arts for Charity Workshop.”
Since its establishment in 2011, the Pumpkins Foundation has been dedicated to the promotion of the general wellbeing of all children with a focus on the underprivileged ones. And this year as part of STA Africa’s 2nd year Anniversary Celebration we decided to support the Pumpkins Foundation in their annual Arts for Charity Workshop which includes working with over 2000 children to undertake various forms of creative works such as paintings, bead work, ceramics among others.
These creative works would be auctioned and proceeds will go to support the 2016 project of the Foundation which is to transform the children living with HIV/AIDS department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital into a child-friendly one.
The Foundation has since been implementing strategies and creating opportunities to address the health, educational, economic and other needs of children through community-driven initiatives.
They work with families, communities and statutory duty bearers to develop interventions aimed at improving the quality of life of vulnerable children. Through dialogue with communities and families, they have worked together to empower children of all ages on healthy lifestyles through the Pumpkins Health Tour. Their consistent publications as well attracted support of a 6-unit classroom block for the Tupaa M/A Basic School in the Greater Accra region and the introduction of the Pumpkins Volunteer and Charity club aimed at empowering children to use volunteering as a tool for supporting one another.
“We are excited as an art establishment to be working with an amazing foundation as theirs, and we appreciate their use of arts to spur up the creativity in other kids to volunteer to help other children. We would like to applaud their efforts these past years and all those who have volunteered & supported them in one way or the other.” said the leader of STA Africa, Nadia.
She concluded by appreciating the supportive volunteers who dedicated their time to train the kids. Ms Mandie Adom-Bamfi an aspiring fashion designer, CEO of ProveIt Klodin; Gift Onyinye an artist, a marketing student and a musician; Ms Thelma Teetee Geleplay a student entrepreneur and poet, CEO of ModestAfrik Style- ThelmaAID; Mr Jacob Addo a photographer and a beadmaker; Jemima Sackey a Human Resource graduate; Ms Ellisha Boie a Marketing student, a fashion designer & C.E.O of Ellisha boie and Mr Jacob Kevin Oguaah.