The Prince and Princess Academy Project Team has an exciting announcement! We wrote a letter to mypostcard.com, a postcard manufacturing company in Germany, for their support for our project. They replied, stating they would be happy to help. As a result, Mypostcard.com has donated 5,000 postcards with photos of our choice, to sell in order to raise funds for supplies, labor and materials. Mypostcard.com has also made our postcards available on their website here: https://www.mypostcard.com/en/designs/yarinaafoundation. In order to showcase these beautiful postcards, we have created a special page on our website where visitors can view and purchase them. Please check it out below and share with your friends and family! We greatly appreciate your support for the Prince and Princess Academy. Contact us if you wish to receive the postcards from Ghana.
1. Paga Crocodile Pond is located in the upper east region of Ghana, 44 kilometers from Bolgatanga. Although crocodiles are considered wild creatures, Paga crocodiles are friendly and coexist with humans. The friendly relationship between the crocodiles and humans continues to baffle the minds of many.
2. Mole National Park is the largest, oldest and most developed park. Mole began in 1957 as a game reserve. It covers an estimated 4,840 km2 in the northern region of Ghana and is home to several species of mammals, birds and 734 species of flowering plants. The park has been on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 17/01/2000.
3. Larabanga is situated 10 miles (16 km) west of Damongo in the northern region and is only about 5 miles from Mole National Park. This mosque is the oldest in Ghana. The so-called ‘God-built mosque’ in the Sudanese architectural style also houses a holy Quran which also is believed to descend from heaven.
4. Kimtampo Waterfalls is one of the highest waterfalls in Ghana. Also known as Sanders Falls during the colonial days. It is located on the Pumpum river, a tributary of the Black Volta, about 4km north of Kimtampo municipality on the Kumasi-Tamale road. It is hidden in the forest and 82ft in height.
5. Damba Festival is celebrated by the tribal groups of Muslim origin in Northern Ghana. It’s celebrated by the chiefs and people of Dagbon, Gonjas, Mamprusi, Nanumbas and the Walas. It is a festival to remember the birthday of the Holy Prophet Mohammed. There is lot of singing, drumming, dancing and merry making on the day.
6. Women of Nyerizee village fetching water from a stream. They use the water for domestic purposes when the pipe borne water is not flowing. Nyerizee village is located in the Northern part of Ghana, 10.5km from Tamale town.
7. Paga Nania is found in the Upper East Region of Ghana. This village is the site of 15th century slave transit camp. On the “Pinkworo”(Rocks of Fear) are markings said to have resulted from the slapping of hands and the stamping of feet by agonized slaves. It is also said that slaves used stones to make music on the rocks which left marks.
8. Women processing shea butter manually. Shea nut is the seed of the shea fruit that grows on the shea tree in Northern Ghana. Shea butter is a fatty extract from the seed of the Shea nut. Shea butter is used as premium ingredient for cosmetics. It used by locals as cooking oil and for the skin.
9. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana dressed in kente. He ran for Presidency in 2008 and 2012 elections, but was defeated both times by the NDC candidates. He ran for the third time and won the elections and was sworn in as the fifth President on 7th January, 2017.
10. The Mystery stone is found in Larabanga, part of west of Damongo in the Northern Ghana. The stone is at the outskirts of Larabanga and always returns to its original resting place when moved. Due to this legend, the main road that runs through this area had to be diverted around the stone.
11. The social roles of women in northern Ghana have varied throughout history. the overall impact of women in Ghanaian society has been significant. The social and economic well-being of women as mothers, traders, farmers and artisans has evolved throughout century and is continuing to change in modern day.
12. Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest wildlife reserve. The park is located in northwest Ghana on grassland savanna. The Lovi and Mole rivers are ephemeral rivers flowing through the park. It is home to over 93 mammal species, and the large mammals of the park include an elephant population, hippos, buffalo and warthogs.
13. Ghana braids, which are often called cornrows, straight-backs or banana braids, are a classic protective style for natural hair and curly hair. In centuries past they were an integral part of many different ethnic, religious, social, and cultural traditions. The earliest depictions of Ghana braids appear in hieroglyphics and sculptures carved around 500 BC.
14. Tamale Metropolitan is the capital town of the northern region of Ghana. Tamale is Ghana’s 4th largest city. It has a 2013 projected population of 360,579. Total area is 750 km2. Major markets in Tamale includes the Aboabo Market, Lamashegu Market and Kukuo Market and numerous shopping centers in central town. The Aboabo market is filled with many traders on market days.
15. Nayiri- The King of Mamprugu. The Mamprusi Kingdom was founded around the 16th century by the Great Naa Gbewa at Pusiga village. The Mamprusi is an ethnic group of northern Ghana. They speak Mampruli and live mainly in Gambaga, parts of Upper East Region and the Paramount Chief palace situated in Nalerigu.
16. Guns plays an important part of life among many ethnic groups in northern Ghana. All the major cultural festivals involve guns being fired. When a Dagomba man dies, three gunshots are fired to announce the news to the community. A deceased woman receives four shots. They are homemade guns and are always muzzle loaders and look like single barreled shotguns.
17. Mole National Park is located 170km west of Tamale in the west Gonja district in northern Ghana and it is the biggest national park in the country. It covers an estimated 4,840 km2 and home to several species of mammals such as monkeys, baboons, zebras, antelopes, leopards, lions, elephants, rhinos and many more.
18.Houses in the villages of Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions of Ghana are constructed with clay and mud bricks, bamboo sticks and roof with thatch. The compound houses accommodates large family members and family generations
19. Music and drumming plays a central role among the major ethnic groups in northern Ghana. It is in music form that their history has been preserved over the centuries. At events knowledgeable storytellers weave together intriguing narratives that go deep into history. Drumming is used to remind people of their family connections and to praise-names of important ancestors.
20. Northern Region is the biggest among the 10 regions in Ghana covering an area of 70,384 km2 or 31 percent of Ghana’s area. The northern region is divided into 26 districts. Dagbamba, Mamprusi, Gonjas, Komkombas and Nanumbas are the major ethnic groups in northern Region. The people are friendly and hospitable.
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EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN OF TAMALE: MYPOSTCARD HELPS WITH SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT
MyPostcard cooperates with the Yarinaa Foundation to support School Building Project ‘Prince & Princess Academy’ in Ghana
To increase the access to education for the children in Tamale, the northern region of Ghana, the Yarinaa Foundation decided to build a lower cost school Building for children from deprived backgrounds.
Unfortunately the academic environment in Ghana is still underdeveloped, so the aim of the Prince & Princess Academy is to provide low cost and quality education to children in need and to improve the standard of living of these children and their families.
Furthermore they try to prevent teenage pregnancy and Sexual Transmitted Diseases among teenagers as well as offer portable drinking water in rural communities.
To accomplish these goals, the Yarinaa Foundation needs support. That is why MyPostcard decided to print and sell postcards in Ghana in order to raise money for school building. Prince Sisu Haruna, the Chief Executive Director of the Yarinaa Foundation, about the collaboration: “Postcards bring many smiles and connect families and friends. It is a possible way to provide essential education to many deprived children in the world. Our profound gratitude goes to the amazing team of Mypostcard.com.”
The team of the Prince & Princess Academy is currently working on the structure of the building. In future many children of Tamale will visit this school to get a quality primary education.
The Prince & Princess Academy, a low cost school for disadvantaged children and their families – we from MyPostcard are very proud to support this great project and the Yarinaa Foundation with our postcards.