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“It has been extremely rewarding to see so many people and businesses like PEP support our efforts.” —Nudrat Zoha, digital strategist at the Patient Experience Project (PEP) and board member for the nonprofit the Thaakat Foundation

The Thaakat Foundation, a nonprofit based in Illinois, held its ninth-annual Charity Basketball tournament this month in Oakbrook, Illinois. The nonprofit’s board—of which I am a member—works on a 100% volunteer basis to ensure that all donations to the Thaakat Foundation go toward our projects. In the last few years, we have dedicated more than 60,000 volunteer hours to our communities.

Thaakat’s Charity Basketball Tournament, one of the foundation’s biggest fundraising events of the year, took place on October 6 and 7. I am so happy to share that PEP was one of our biggest sponsors and that the Thaakat Foundation was able to raise over $50,000 for our projects! Twenty teams competed in the tournament, which also featured free throw contests, raffles, and live auctions. The event was also featured in the Chicago Tribune!

To date, Thaakat has adopted 3 global villages: one in Pakistan, one in Sierra Leone, and one in Ghana. The funding from this tournament will be applied to our projects in Africa, which include:

  • Fatmata Maternity Center in Blama Perri, Pujehun District, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Our maternity center opened in 2014 and has helped treat over 18,000 patients, including expecting mothers who had never had access to a center like this before. Since the center’s inception, Thaakat has helped deliver over 400 healthy babies. We also provide medicines, vaccines, nutritional care, and general treatment to the nearby population. In addition, our Stop the Bug campaign works to reduce the impact of malaria by encouraging early detection and treatment, as well as promoting the sanitation of villages within the district. This year, we are working to construct a second center in another village to better serve the growing number of patients from villages farther away.
  • Konadu Basic School in Tanaboase, Techiman District, Ghana. In Ghana, many people move to a community for work to support their families, and often, their children do not go to school. Thaakat helped build a free school from the ground up in 2013. Today, our school site has a school building, a bus, fresh water, daily breakfast and lunch, books and supplies, uniforms, a soccer field, and a farm! We also pay for our teachers’ salaries. Currently, we have more than 260 students at our school. Continued expansion will include a library and a computer lab for our students.

If you wish to learn more about the organization or to donate to the cause, you can do so by clicking here.

Thank you, PEP, for helping to make this weekend a success! I am so grateful for your support.