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ABOUT PONKA ACADEMY
Once upon a time, there were 45 children in the small village of Ponka in the West African country of Sierra Leone who wanted to go to school. The closest school was more than 5 miles away, much too far for a small child to trek. Instead, these children decided to gather under the mango tree in their village every day and pray for a teacher to come teach them to read and write. Every day they sat. Day after day. And waited. And waited.
In 2014, when Edesia Nutrition colleagues, Andrew Kamara and Navyn Salem, heard this story, they decided right then and there to build these kids a school and find them a teacher. The villagers provided all the labor while Andrew and Navyn funded and found the building materials. The children watched as a tiny, two room school arose in their village, just steps away from their beloved mango tree. They would soon become the first students of Ponka Academy.
Within months of its opening, more and more children arrived at the school seeking to learn. Before long, the school's founders, joined by some devoted international partners and friends, decided to expand Ponka Academy into a full educational facility, with Pre-K through 8th grade classrooms, a computer lab and a playground. Today, over 160 children come to Ponka Academy every day to bring to life the school's motto: