Questions and Answers About StarSpirit International, Inc.
- What is StarSpirit International Inc.?
- What are the guiding principles of StarSpirit International Inc.?
- Who can become a member of StarSpirit International, Inc.?
- What are the programs of StarSpirit International, Inc. ?
- What is the Asona Aberade Shrine, Inc. and connection with StarSpirit?
- Member of the StarSpirit Family of Donors
- Member of the StarSpirit Family of Biakoye Newsletter Subscribers
- Member of the StarSpirit Family of Volunteers
- Member of the StarSpirit Family of Elders and African Traditional Rulers
- * Unity/BIAKOYE
- * Community Forums
- * Cultural Arts
- * Annual Festival
- * Philanthropy
- * Tours
- * Developing Leaders
- * HIV/AIDS-USA
- * StarSpirit Lighthouse
- * Africa-HIV/AIDS
- * Schools Project
- * Scholarships
- * Health/Sanitation
- * Medical Supplies
- * Hotel
What is StarSpirit International Inc.?
StarSpirit International, Inc. is a non-profit, 501 C3 organization with a mission to: disseminate authentic traditional African culture, provide counseling, and deliver holistic education to redress damaging misinformation and myths about the historically enslaved and dispersed people of Africa; and, to sponsor international cultural exchanges and activities that foster health, education, and global economic development.
The benefits of this mission include healing wounds to identity and the empowerment of individuals, families, and communities to engage in self-determination of their own social, cultural, educational, health, and economic development. StarSpirit International, Inc. is also an official public charity and a non-governmental organization (NGO) in roster consultative status with the economic and social council of the United Nations.
What are the guiding principles of StarSpirit International Inc.?
StarSpirit International, Inc. is guided by the following principles: 1) people of African descent should be connected with each other, despite historical forced separation, and experience reconnection with authentic traditional African culture; 2) people of African descent have resources that need to be exchanged across communities to foster health, education, and global economic development; 3) holistic education and counseling can serve as tools to heal wounds to identity and empower individuals, families and communities to engage in self-determination; 4) the process of reconnecting with the indigenous people and authentic traditional culture of Africa, exchanging resources, and fostering health, education and global economic development must be done in close consultation with indigenous community leaders to ensure protection/preservation of sacred ancestral areas, historical sites, land, water, and other natural resources essential to the indigenous way of life.
Who can become a member of StarSpirit International, Inc.?
Membership in StarSpirit International, Inc. is open to all individuals who embrace the mission and principles of the organization, including persons of diverse religions, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, or ages, including those located in the United States, Africa, as well as other parts of the Diaspora.
If you want to become a member of StarSpirit International, Inc., consider one of the following areas where you can enjoy the experience of membership:
What are the programs of StarSpirit International, Inc. ?
We provide seminars, workshops, tours, holistic education, counseling, cultural programs, and other events that foster exposure to authentic traditional African culture and allow for cultural exchanges between indigenous Africans, African Americans, Africans dispersed across the Diaspora, and other diverse individuals.
We create opportunities for others to engage in philanthropy that promotes sustainable health, education, and global economic development, and supports the dissemination of cultural and educational programs in the United States and across the Diaspora.
We deliver empowerment programs and counseling for women, men, and youth in the United States and Africa that helps them to engage in the self-determination of their own social, cultural, educational, health, and economic development.
We disseminate education throughout the global community about the need to ensure the protection and preservation of sacred ancestral areas, historical sites, land, water, and other natural resources that are essential to the continuity of indigenous cultures and their way of life.
Learn more about our specific programs in the following areas:
What is the Asona Aberade Shrine, Inc. and connection with StarSpirit?
The Asona Aberade Shrine, Inc. is the first legally incorporated African shrine (1977) in Pennsylvania. It is the site in Philadelphia where Nana conducts the training of Shamans, drummers, dancers, and other Traditional African Rulers (Chiefs, Queen Mothers, Elders) in sacred aspects of Akan culture and protocol. The Asona Aberade Shrine Inc. existed before StarSpirit International, Inc.. StarSpirit International, Inc. started as an initiative of the Asona Aberade Shrine, Inc.. The Asona Aberade Shrine, Inc. serves to provide Africans and their descendants living in America with the following: 1) an opportunity to live with the awareness of their cultural heritage and worship God the way that their ancestors did, learning to practice and maintain an authentic African Akan spiritual tradition that is centuries old; 2) the knowledge and skills to adopt the spiritual practices maintained at the Nana Akonnedi Shrine - one of the oldest spiritual sanctums on the continent of Africa; 3) exposure and access to an ancient authentic African Akan spiritual tradition that may increase the self acceptance, confidence, and sense of unity among Africans and dispersed Africans throughout the Diaspora; and, 4) spiritual values that can guide community service and the empowerment of youth, women, and men living in America so they can improve their life circumstances-using the vehicle of an official initiative called StarSpirit. As a faith-based organization, the Asona Aberade Shrine Inc. created StarSpirit International, Inc. as the vehicle for delivering empowerment programs, so no religious messages are infused into programming.