Mission Statement: Anansi Education is a non-profit organization that funds the high school education of academically qualified students in Ghana who are otherwise unable to continue their education due to financial need.
In order to raise funds to meet our educational objective, Anansi does five things:
- We find sponsors willing to provide the annual school fees for the customary four years.
- We hold an annual auction in the United States, with African artifacts, artwork and crafts that have been selected and shipped from Africa, by our director.
- We provide guide services to tourists traveling in Ghana with 40% of the associated revenue going to Anansi and 60% going to the guide.
- Anansi operates a Bed and Breakfast for tourists in Ghana with a percentage of the proceeds going directly to the program.
- We place volunteers in orphanages, schools, hospitals and farms.
Using our selection criteria, as defined by our mission statement, Anansi funds as many applicants as possible.
Student School assignment is made by the government, and we currently have 38 students placed in nine different schools. We provide each student with the required school uniforms, bedding and supplies. We make every attempt to provide each student with an individual to whom they can write and from whom they can receive letters and emotional support.
Ghana is a developing country, not an undeveloped country, where a helping hand for the under privileged youth can make a big difference. Motivation of the students is high as they are acutely aware of what their lives would be without a high school education.
Programs and Activities
Each spring, since 2004, Anansi has held an African Art benefit auction in Washington State. This auction is Anansi's only fundraising event and the primary source of sponsorships and donations. Please contact us to be placed on the invitation list.
Links to Additional Information
Kathryn Roe, Founder and Director
In US: 501 16th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
In West Africa: PO Box AD 752, Cape Coast, Mpeasem Ghana, West Africa
Alisa Roe, United States Coordinator