The Sankofa Center (http://www.thesankofacenter.org/) uses traditional African dance, music, and drama to educate youths and adults about HIV/AIDS and provide free counseling, rapid HIV testing, and links to treatment and support services for people living with HIV. We use the arts to foster open communication and accurate knowledge, and to promote healthy behavior changes to protect, empower, and bring togetherness to our human family in the face of this worldwide disease.
Sankofa is an ancient African proverb characterized by a bird looking back on its past. Just as the past informs the present and future, The Sankofa Center uses the dance and music of Africa’s past to foster health and understanding of HIV/AIDS in the current generation to secure a brighter future for Ghana's people. The Sankofa Center’s programming is two-fold: touring dance-dramas aimed at educating marginalized villagers with little access to resources and information, and after-school programs that target youth between the ages of 13-19. The Sankofa Center also conducts classroom educational seminars, provides free on-the-spot rapid HIV testing, and links women, men, and youths to treatment—serving thousands in West Africa!