The Fever Relief Fund (FRF) was founded in 2010 (with tax-exempt status granted in 2012) by Akwasi Oppong, a native of Ghana, and current United States citizen. As a 14 year resident of the U.S., Akwasi has tasted first-hand the abundance, opportunity, and provision of the U.S. In contrast, for him, was the lack of books, clothing, necessary every-day items, medical supplies and equipment, after-school programs, athletic equipment, and libraries in his homeland. His ability to establish a highly successful business in the professional sports management field only heightened his passion for making a change in his homeland-Ghana and in Tarrant County, Texas.
Thus The Fever Relieve Fund was created.
In Texas- MISSION: To provide after-school soccer programs to children in the Arlington area of Tarrant County, Texas.
Goals and Objectives through ‘Project Kick’:
• Encourage the development of soccer to underprivileged youth and children with disabilities
• Provide an opportunity for youth to participate in organized soccer leagues and competitions (ages 6 through 17).
• Instruct, train, and educate players using the best coaches from the area.
• Provide mentoring, tutoring, and after school programs.
• Provide support to single-parent families
In Tarrant County, Texas, 27.5% of children under the age of 17 live in poverty, with 15.5% percent of the population living in poverty. With a population of 1,911,541; Tarrant County is the third most populated county in the state of Texas out of 254 counties. In Tarrant County 31% of children live in single-parent households.
In Ghana-MISSION: To improve the quality of life women, children and families in the Dansoman Region of Ghana.
Goals and Objectives through Projects ‘ A Book in Hand’, ‘Change of Clothing’, ‘ Project New Hope’, and ‘Project MD’:
• To enable every Ghanaian citizen to achieve literacy through access to books and libraries.
• To provide every teacher in Ghana with the supplies and books to educate their students.
• To provide a way out of poverty for every citizen in Ghana.
• To close the gap on illiteracy.
• To use literacy to destroy poverty.
• To improve the quality of life through the construction of schools, libraries and the provision of clean water.
• To provide employment and business opportunities.
• To provide after school athletic programs with mentoring, tutoring, and empowerment components
Although Ghana has been classified as a low middle-income country by the World Bank since 2010, its development indicators compare poorly with those of most countries in this category. Ghana has made significant progress towards attaining the MDGs. It is likely to attain the MDGs on the eradication of extreme poverty, universal primary education, promotion of gender equality, empowerment of women, and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Ghana continues to be challenged by slow progress on reduction of under-5 mortality, improvement of maternal health and environmental sustainability Ghana is, demographically speaking, a very young nation. Nearly 40 per cent of the country’s population is under the age of 14. However, the hardships that many young Ghanaians face are overwhelming. 27,000 Ghanaian children of this youngest population segment are living with HIV. Around 160,000 Ghanaian children have been orphaned due to AIDS and are now facing a life without their biological parents.
At present, an estimated 1.1 million children in Ghana have lost either one of or both their parents. In Accra, thousands of young children and adolescents sleep on pieces of cardboard in doorways, parking lots and bus stations. They beg for money, sell merchandise or engage in petty theft in order to survive. Approximately one third of them are only 10 to 14 years old.
With a successful stateside business in sports management, FRF through the efforts of Akwasi, has been able to capture an impressive array of supporters, donors, and partners. Some of them are listed here, however, there are more and the list increases daily. The Henry Jackson Foundation, the United States Department of Defense, The Jerome Bettis Foundation, The Shawn Springs Foundation, The Robert Royal Foundation, Champion Divine Clinic-Ghana, Faaco Ghana Limited-Ghana, and The Charles Sanders Charities (totaling more than $1.5M). The total values of items donated to date are more than $3M. FRF closes the gap by connecting those who have with those who hope.
FRF is dedicated to being transparent and efficient with the resources that are entrusted to the organization. Thus, all Federal regulations regarding tax law and financial accountability are complied with. The goals of FRF are straightforward: creating high performance at great value.