Welcome to Nima, DUNK’s first adopted community

Nima is where the DUNK story started! Nima is often described as Accra’s largest slum. A community within Accra with the largest concentration of poor and illiterate (Source: Modern Ghana). Nima is characterized by being poorly planned and densely populated. There are no proper systems in these areas. Most of the households don’t have running water. Consequently, children have to fetch water every morning and every night needed by the family for their daily consumption. The walk and the carrying of these buckets on their heads are just one of their numerous chores.
The population of Nima and its neighbouring communities is about 2,909,643. Nima-Mamobi is predominantly a Muslim community, some have described it as the largest “Zongo” community in the country. Nima’s population come from all over Ghana and some come from outside of Ghana. Over 20 languages are spoken in Nima, and among our members at DUNK, 19 languages are spoken.

Nima is also known for its widespread adaptation of Internet Fraud. Many make a living out of these frauds and scams and can even buy cars, clothes or computers which can encourage others to dream about that kind of lifestyle. Internet frauds commonly known as “scamming” have become an epidemic in Nima and rare are those who will use that money to complete school or start a business. They will spend it until nothing is left creating that need to repeat this illegal practice over and over again.

Illiteracy is a major setback for the development of the community. Among the population of Nima, 34% never attended school and only 4% completed postsecondary or tertiary education. 60% of the population completed Primary school as their highest educational level and certification.

Our center in Nima provides a safe environment for children to make good use of their energy and time while fostering positive characters and influence to their peers and community through education and sports.

We believe the children can influence change in their community.
In any collective sport, players have to work hand in hand to achieve a common goal. The victory depends on the effort of all.
Players have to commit themselves to train on specific days & make sacrifices for the benefit of the team.
Coming from different backgrounds, we learn how to respect individual differences as well as respect the rules established by the team.
We are teaching the kids to trust in themselves, to stand up for what they believe and resist peer pressure.