Panko Intentional Community
Ibrahim Zukpeni and his team are developing a center for children in the North of Ghana, in the suburb of Tamale. It will be called “Panko” which means: “am not alone”. Panko is a Dagbani word, a language spoken by the Dagomba people (tribe) of Northern Region of Ghana.
The children will be orphans, neglected children and street children, children with disability, school dropouts and children in substance abuse, child laborers, migrant children and children from poverty-stricken families.
Panko symbolies that those children are not alone, they have well-wishers and sympathizers to support them in developing their talents, creativity and ideas that will at the end help them live a more dignified and fulfilled life.
Planned is to built a football field, a library, and some recreation areas.
The center will be run on the principles of “Eco-Village” and NVC. Eco-Village means to be self-sustainable through environmental sustainability, social responsible, self-sufficient with a progressive lifestyle. NVC fosters connection, compassion and peace within the inhabitants and the environment.
The center will be an attractive place for children below the age 18 to converge, learn and play. There will be run life skills sessions, literacy and numeracy sessions, NVC sessions, indoor and outdoor educational games, recreational and sporting activities.