Yankasa Association is a not-for-profit organization serving the Ghanaian and American Community. Our headquarters is located at 1707 Townsend Avenue, Bronx, in New York City. The organization’s administrative affairs are conducted in a mosque, which also serves as a community center for members.
As part of our commitment to ensuring a sustainable and thriving community, Yankasa Association strives to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, to defend human and civil rights secured by law, and to combat community deterioration and juvenile delinquency in the Ghanaian communities within the United States. Services offered to Yankasa Association members include educational curriculum in Arabic discipline, officiating child naming and marriage ceremonies in conformity with Islamic religious tenets, prayer services in times of bereavement and funeral arrangements and burial services.
In this digital age, quick and easy access to information and knowledge can transform the lives of individuals and can strengthen communities. As part of Yankasa Association’s role as an advocate for the social and intellectual development of its membership, we have incorporated computer literacy program for adults in the educational program of the organization.
Yankasa Association strives to create an environment where the youth within the organization will be motivated, integrated and nurtured to participate in the activities of Yankasa Association. We wholeheartedly believe our youth are our most treasured resource. Our goal is to integrate our youth within the organization, in order to guarantee continuity in terms of the vision of this organization in the future.
We also offer Humanitarian assistance in times of natural disasters. As an example, when Haiti, one of the poorest nations within the western hemisphere, was devastated by an earthquake in 2010, Yankasa Association launched a clothing and cash drive to assist Haitians in their time of need. Also, during “Super Storm Sandy” in October of 2012, the clerics within the organization appealed to the congregation to donate to help the victims of the storm, and members of the organization responded by generously donating cash during Friday prayers. We donated 100% of the proceeds to the RED CROSS as part of Yankasa’s contribution towards the relief effort. Yankasa Association’s track record in the area of social welfare services has been remarkable.