Is a not- for-profit organisation which was established in 2001. We support the Afro-Caribbean community in the UK and in Ghana we support the girl child, an orphanage, a children’s ward and some schools.
History of the foundation
The Miss Ghana UK Foundation was established in 2001. It started with our then queen Miss Ghana UK 2001 Miss Antoinette Amuzu. She became the very first face of the foundation for her year of reign. She went to Ghana to donate to the less privilege young people in her parents village and it became our ethos that it was essential that although we are privilege to be living in the diaspora it was vital that we give to the less privilege back home in Ghana. Over the years the foundation donated yearly to the Osu children’s home and then to the Teshie children’s home.
In 2014 the foundation decided to choose an orphanage that was not known and based outside Accra to support, we selected the Royal seed orphanage in Kasoa, which became our main orphanage to assist. The following year the Miss Ghana UK Mentoring program was launched at Barclays HQ in Canary Warf, London with the support of the Barclays African Caribbean Society.
Over the years a number of parents approached us with positive feedback about the changes they had seen in their daughters during the 3months coaching and mentoring preparation period for the pageant, this encouraged us to include the wider Ghanaian community hence our title the Big Sister, Big Brother mentoring program.
In 2016 an initiative that we had been working on for some time called myfuturegh finally came into fruition, this was in partnership with World Remit a Leading digital money transfer service company.
The Competition supported the learning and development of a young women within the ages of 18 – 26 in Ghana by offering financial assistance to support them in pursuing their dreams. This ranged from entrepreneurship, academia or sports to anything they were passionate about. The winner was announced at our 25th anniversary, of Miss Ghana UK. Miss Edna Aninga an artist won 20,000 Ghs as prize money and her proposal was to use art to curb societal problems in Bolgatanga for ‘the girl child’ and empowering women. (Edna’sproject link)
During our last visit to the orphanage we realized that out of 138 children at the time about 42 of them were of menstrual age, that sparked of our period poverty initiative called ‘A£4APAD campaign, this was to enable us to purchase sanitary towels for donation. We were able to donate some sanitary towels to the royal seed orphanage and the Accra psychiatric children’s ward on our 2017 annual visit to Ghana.
On our visit to the hospital it became apparent that due to the disability of the children on the wards they needed incontinent pads, so in 2018 we decided to split all funds raised between the orphanage and the psychiatric ward.
Over the years we realised that mental health was an issue within our community, fortunately our jubilee queen, Miss Ghana UK 2017 Miss Sabina Lawaba Awini was also passionate about the cause. On our 2018 visit to Ghana, In collaboration with Food for Africa, Led by Chef Elijah Addo, we held our very first mental health awareness event, known as ‘Hug out’ this was an event held to highlight the mental health issues in the UK and Ghana are similar, our audience were mainly the tertiary students in Accra. 2018 was an exciting and productive year for the foundation, we had the opportunity to meet the president of Ghana, His excellency Nana Akuffo Addo Dankwa Addo at the flagstaff /jubilee house. We spoke to him about the reasons why we were in Ghana, our initiatives both in the UK and Ghana. We discuss intensively and extensively about the mental health and the knife and gun crime epidemic in the UK and the number of young Ghanaians involved.
we also spoke about our findings on our visit to the Accra Psychiatric hospital, focusing on the children’s ward, we explained how the children on the ward did not have mental health illness but rather had severe disabilities and some were left at the gates of the hospital because their families could not afford to take care of them.
meeting the first lady
The team also had the honour of meeting the first lady Mrs Rebecca Akuffo Addo and her team at her office. There, we discussed more about the women and children’s wards at the Accra Psychiatric hospital and the difference between Mental health and Mental illness, we elaborated on how there is no physical health without mental health and also spoke about the selflessness of the nurses and how it takes a small token to make a big impact.
Our final stop for 2018 was a visit to a small school we partly adopted known as the Streets Kids Academy. This school is situated behind the Accra art centre, it started with the streets kids in the Accra, Jamestown area