The fourth edition of Accra SOUP; Ghana’s most innovative funding platforms for charities, social projects and small business is slated for July 2nd, 2016 at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (Ridge).
After successfully organizing three events; the fourth crowdfunding dinner is set to be bigger and a lot more exciting. Accra SOUP has grown in popularity since its maiden dinner in August 2015 and has become a must attended for young people who want to make a difference in their societies.
In case you’re still wondering what Accra SOUP is all about; it is a really a simple concept: people turn up to the dinner, pay 10 Cedis (minimum donation) at the door and they get soup and most importantly a VOTE.
Accra SOUP is the local response to the global SOUP movement started in Detroit, Michigan. Today, similar events are organized in cities across the world including Vancouver, London, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Leeds and Sydney.
What are they voting for?
Attendees listen to four people pitch an idea to improve anything Accra related. Pitchers cannot talk for more than four minutes and cannot use PowerPoint. The presentations are followed by four questions from the audience.
The ideas that are presented range from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social work, education, technology and more. In fact, just about any brilliant idea that can solve a problem or enhance life in Accra.
What about the SOUP part?
After the presentations, delicious soup (light soup) is served; Ghana style. The audience is encouraged to come along with their own foods as well to add to it and share with others; i.e. Potluck style. But this is optional.
What happens to the money?
At the end of the night, the money and the votes are counted. The idea with the most votes gets to take home all the donations taken at the door and use it to fund their plan, with a public pledge to come back in three months (at the next dinner) to give a report.
There have been three dinners so far; in August and November 2015 and February 2016. Some of the projects that have pitched include Kids and Maths (helping kids learn maths in a creative way), Action Accra (finished a playground project in Jamestown with SOUP funding), Act for Change (using interactive theatre to promote change in social behaviour), Ze Little Farm (a community garden project in Labadi) and Read Camp (encouraging reading habits in children).
Our three winners have been Action Accra, Kids and Maths and Read Camp. So the people of Accra identify problems and ways to solve them, then the people collectively contribute to fund the solution to these problems.
We have helped raise a total of about 1,000 cedis for three small social projects in Accra to benefit local communities.
The 4th dinner
The fourth SOUP dinner will come off on Saturday July 2 at its home at the Ghana Institute of Journalism from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.
At the fourth dinner, the winners from February (Read Camp) will present a report just like the previous winners to give an account of how SOUP funding helped their project. They received funding to organize a reading camp for children in the Madina area.
Four new projects will also pitch to tell Accra what they want to do and the audience will back one project with their money. Just show up with your financial pledge and an appetite to see change.
The saying; put your money where your mouth could not have been any clearer.
What have previous winners said about SOUP?
The founder of Kids and Maths; Princess Allotey in a recent interview said Accra SOUP is encouraging a lot of youth; (in second cycle and tertiary institutions) to help develop their community through ideas. Princess further stated that: “Accra SOUP doesn’t rely on how established your brand is; no matter how small your project is; they are ready to help you grow.”