Marie-Eve Lemieux, the Co-founder of DUNK (formerly known as ABaCoDe Ghana), was born and raised in Canada. In March 2010, she came to Ghana for one year with “Child’s Right International” as a ‘Program Development Advisor’. Meeting Mohammed turned her journey in Ghana into 4 a year engagement. Together Mohammed and Marie-Eve had the idea of organizing fun Saturday Basketball lessons for children and youth from the surroundings. With little funding from family and friends, they bought 5 balls, gathered some volunteers and bought snacks and water for the kids. This first Saturday, they had 80 children present and like this the story began.
Mohammed S. Tahir
Mohammed Tahir, the other Co-founder of DUNK and todays Program Manager (formerly known as ABaCoDe). He was born and raised in Accra, Ghana and graduated from high school in 2008 with high hopes of traveling overseas to pursue education on a basketball scholarship. As it is very common in Ghana, coaches and agents will take young players under their wings, make false promises and take their money; Mohammed was a victim of a story like that. But instead of giving up – he started to organize Basketball Lessons of himself to prevent other kids from the same fate.
The founders in the year 2016
Mohammed is still running the organisation in Ghana, Marie-Eve moved back to Canada and is doing administrational work from her home in Canada and taking care of their son Jayden.
|Mohammed in Accra, Ghana||
Marie-Eve with Jayden