Founder

Get to know how Rakod Foundation came about and how the journey has been so far.
Mr. Randy “Kojo” Danquah is the Founder and Executive Director of Rakod Foundation, a non-governmental organization in Ghana whose initiative was developed to alleviate poverty among the less privilege in our communities. Since its inception in late 2013, Rakod Foundation has provided for widowed beneficiaries valuable importance such as; food, clothing, toiletries as well as health screenings from its caring and dedicated medical staff of professionals. The Rakod team has also resource to the beneficiary’s, minimum farming guidance to insure that they too can benefit from self-sufficient provisions. Ongoing, education will be an implemented necessity to have incorporated for these ladies as they strive to further better themselves and their children.

Mr. Danquah has always taken a liking to helping people all of his life but it became a duty of determination to help the less fortunate in the matter of women, who are normally the backbone of our households all over the nation. For him, once he had learned firsthand the sufferings that far too many women were enduring, he became fueled by compassion and empathy with an endless amount of energy that is a driving force for him to become successful in his mission as a hands-on contributor, effectively making a difference for those in need of an outreached caring hand. Early on in Mr. Danquah’s life he recognized that education was going to be the master key to open meaningful doors for him as a “service provider.”

Therefore, to the best of his abilities he has used an abundance of tools taught to him through Service Learning. Service-learning arms students with opportunities to develop civic engagement skills by working with community members; students can enhance their group, organizational and interpersonal skills. Also to, develop or enhance the skills in the areas of communication, collaboration, and leadership. Test out your skills, interests, and values in a potential career path, or learn more about a field that interests you. As a result also of service learning skills, important experience working with diverse members of its communities can be gained.

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While attending Nkwatia Presby Senior High school in Nkwatia Ghana during 2004-07 it was used, as an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs.

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While still trying to find his rightful place in the world because he had so many dreams and aspirations after high school, Randy begin the stage of preparations in marketing from 2010 to 2011 and received his Marketing Diploma while taking sub courses in: Business Law, Business Communication, Accounting, and Economics.

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Before starting the Rakod Foundation in late 2013, Mr. Danquah was a student of Central University College between 2011-15 a leading private University in Accra Ghana where he obtained his Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Agribusiness Management and an internship at Ghana Atomic Energy (GAE). During his tenure in college he’d applied more of the service learning skills by actively becoming more engrossed in community affairs.

While performing exceedingly in his role as a Ghana Atomic Energy intern, he had provided assistance to the Biotechnology Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute. Subsequently to the internship completion, Mr. Randy Danquah was awarded a three month contract to return and to have valuable input in the services provided to the near-by communities.
In 2015, the Woman Is Key (WIK) an American based organization recognized Mr. Danquah as a representative in Ghana for his role in using to promote the well-being of women and young adults in the country. The Rakod Foundation has partnered with some other local non-governmental organizations in the country but is particularly active in Accra, where the foundation manages a network of collaborations.

His story, and Rakod which by the way is the acronym of his combined names, Randy/Kojo Danquah, Ra-ko-d is formed, the incredible work of Rakod’s, has been featured in more than one leading newspaper in Ghana such as; Ghana news, Today’s newspaper, Flex newspaper and the Daily Heritage newspaper. As recent as 2016, Mr. Danquah has had the honor and pleasure to work alongside people with the same purpose and fulfillment as himself being a student, teacher and mentor. The opportunities as with Catholic Relief Services, where he offered himself unselfishly, it afforded him national service while working under the scope of ICRSAT PROJECT (Increasing Groundnut Productivity of Small Holder Farmer), a USAID awarded project and the following: Community Action for Yam Seed (CAYSEED) PROJECT, and the Yam Improvement for Income Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) PROJECT. He received a recognition for his commitment in the development of empowering farmers especially women into farming through the groundnut upscaling and awarded a contract on the Soybean Innovation Laboratory (S.I.L) where he undertook activities such as Women Empowerment In Agriculture (W.E.I.A), Early Child Nutrition (E.C.N), Soybean Success Kit (S.S.K), Food Bursar (FB), among many others and successfully helped to grow them into the thriving productions they are to date. His work related experiences or his encounters as he travels have become an endless adventure of exploring, learning and growth that intertwines into his Leadership role as Rakod’s creator and the future inventor of upcoming projects that will still be centered around the needs of women in communities and the grand focal point of Accra Ghana as a whole, this kinder spirit of a human we all know as Randy is the future’s answer as a maker and shaker of greatness.

In closing, it would be reckless of me to not say, that the conjoining efforts of Mr. Danquah’s innocent compassion for women, widows and his craft, the fruition of his labor will continue to be endearingly enriched by constant self-motivation of applied hard work used in and for the need as a successor of survival, this will be a manifesto and legacy that will proceed him into the future and beyond his years alive. Also, Mr. Danquah recognizes the tireless and unselfish teamwork by his family, friends, and supporters; engagingly as you offer your time, knowledge and expertise to help birth further along Randy’s dream with Rakod Foundation. He is Thankful!

Heartfelt sincerity and with regards,

Randy “Kojo” Danquah
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