So many negative things have happened in Accra over the years; from floods, fires, cholera to buildings collapsing and authorities having only knee-jerk reactions in an attempt to respond to calls for reform. Accra SOUP seeks to reverse the cycle of the city’s bad press and reclaim its pride by supporting groundbreaking initiatives . What Accra needs is fresh ideas to solve its problems; and we believe those ideas will come from within the community and its members.
Accra SOUP is a crowdfunding dinner that supports, celebrates and funds creative social projects in Greater Accra. It is Accra’s response to the global SOUP movement started in Detroit, Michigan. The aim of Accra SOUP is to allow citizens identify the problems of Accra, propose solutions to these problems and fund the solutions, SOUP really is a simple concept. For a suggested donation of GH¢5, attendees get a bowl of light soup and a vote. The audience listens to four presenters pitch an innovative idea that can change Accra.
Each presenter will have five minutes to share their idea and will then be questioned by the audience. The pitchers will not use PowerPoint presentations. After that, the audience eats; meet new people; talk; enjoy an artistic performance and then vote. They will vote for the idea amongst the four that they like the most ; the one they believe benefits Accra the most.
At the end of the night, the ballots and the suggested donations (GH¢5 collected at the door) are counted. The idea with the most votes gets to take home all the money raised to carry out their project and make a public pledge to come back at the next Accra SOUP dinner to report on how they used the money and the progress of their project. The organizers will not take any percentage; everything goes to the winner on the night. In effect, they take from Accra and give back to Accra.
The next Accra SOUP dinner is on Saturday November 7, 2015 at the campus of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (Opposite the UK High Commission, Ridge). The time is 5.00 PM to 7.30 PM.
There are only two rules; the project should take place within the Greater Accra Region and there will be no PowerPoint presentations. This is because, we believe the people of Accra are the best people to decide on the problems of Accra and contribute towards its solution. So people in Accra cannot possibly know the problems in Tamale or Ho better than the people who live there. The saying; “put your money where your mouth is” has never been any clearer.
If you are interested in pitching at Accra SOUP. Kindly visit bit.ly/accrasouproposal to enter your initiative
This event is open to all and if you are finding trouble getting to the venue; here are the ways you can contact us, Call; 050 0025 247 / 0207880302, E-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @AccraSOUP, Facebook: Accra SOUP