Ms. Maudlyn Akosua Awuku
Founder and CEO Anijie Global Foundation
HISTORY OF ANIJIE GLOBAL FOUNDATION
Anijie, pronounced (/ˈɛni-dʒeɪ/) meaning happiness in the local Ghanaian Akan language (anigyeɛ), inspired the founder Miss Maudlyn Akosua Awuku, in 2019 to register the organisation under the name “Anijie Global Foundation”. The reason was a call to action to co-create solutions to solve global priorities to bring joy and peace to the world.Ms Awuku leveraged her platform by working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Ghana country office to set up the foundation.
She worked with the UNDP as Executive Assistant to the then Deputy Resident Representative in charge of programmes. While undertaking projects, especially in communities in Ghana, she realised people were under the notion that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were for the government and big organisations and cooperation. They had less knowledge of them and the significant roles they play, individuals directly or indirectly, in attaining the goals.
Despite these ambitious goals, Maudlyn believes that coming together with every contribution can be achieved collectively and individually as a youth to support the government, institutions and other organisations to reach the UN agenda for 2030.
Consequently, with her leadership experiences and professional first-hand experience at UNDP, she mobilised like-minded friends and colleagues; to unite, educate and translate the ambition of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This was to create a network to enlighten the youth to be key drivers and changemakers in solving societal problems hence achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Anijie Global Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation focusing on building capacity, skills and resources for women, youth and children. The non-profit focuses on promoting Gender Equality, Quality Education, Climate Action, Reduced Inequality and partnerships to achieve global goals.
The organisation aims to provide an enabling environment to inspire, educate, celebrate and advance current and future youth and corporate leaders to have a broad community impacting and supporting global priorities in Ghana and beyond Africa.
As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on sponsorship to get it running. Being selective of our sponsors and ensuring that they understand our cause is one of the many ways we tackle this issue. In addition, it facilitates partnerships and sharing of resources to achieve mutual objectives.
The organisation kicked off its maiden educational festival outreach in July 2019 at the Jubilee Academy in Ashaiman, Ghana. It has since undertaken projects focusing on Gender Equality, Education, Climate Action and Reduced Inequality impacting over 5000 lives and communities since its inception.