From March 30–April 8, 2014, Chicago Bear Israel Idonije traveled to Ghana with his Israel Idonije Foundation (IIF) to launch a 5-year partnership with Free The Children’s Adopt a Village Program . Through this platform, IIF built a schoolhouse; constructed clean water systems, including latrines and wells; supported health awareness programs; and provided resources for sustainable community development in Nyameyiekrom, Ghana. Through the creation of this partnership, IIF will promote social and emotional learning through platforms of education, health and community development.
As part of his visit, Idonije acted as a citizen ambassador on behalf of Chicago in honor of the 25th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Accra, Ghana. Idonije also visited Tuskegee International School in Accra, which has an active sister school partnership with Francis Parker School in Chicago. At Tuskegee, he conducted a football camp and delivered letters and artwork to the Tuskegee students on behalf of the Francis Parker students.
The commitment of Idonije and the IIF will play an important role in continuing to strengthen the important bond between Chicago and Accra.
Visit the IIF’s website to read all about the trip to Ghana at www.israelidonije.org.