In July 2000, Betty and Perry Kirklin, were with a tour group to Ghana, West Africa and they met Nana Kwesi Brebo III, chief of Kuntu village. They gave him some school supplies for the Kuntu schools. The next year Perry's family and friends brought more school supplies and other items to Kuntu. Nana Brebo announced that he and the village sub-chiefs and elders wanted to make Perry their Nkosohene, or chief for development. He would have the name, Nana Kwame Baffoe II. After much thought and consultations with Ghanaians in the U.S., Perry agreed to become Nkosohene of Kuntu.
Perry returned to Kuntu in August 2002 for the Nkosohene installation ceremony. This was a major event for Kuntu. There were 5 days of celebrations. His entire family was "adopted" as part of the Kuntu royal Nsona family and each given an Nsona family name. When he returned to the United States, Betty and Perry, with their daughters Cheryl and Pamela, formed the Kuntu Village Nkosohen Committee-USA, a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, to help Kuntu village.
The mission of the Kuntu Village Nkosohen Committee-USA is to help Kuntu reduce poverty and illiteracy. We have focused on education. Our business plan is to solicit donations for KVNC-USA projects. KVNC-USA is all volunteer - no one receives remuneration. All donations are added to their contributions so that 100+ percent is used for Kuntu village projects. All donations are tax deductible.