About Us – History

Milestones/Accomplishments:

  • · James as a College sophomore travels to Techiman Ghana, West Africa. Ayisatu Owen shows James the need for a school, especially girls. – Summer 1997
  • · Ayisatu and Bill Owen draft and sign proposal for local and international effort to start a one classroom school. $5,679 in cash and various in kind donations are outlined for the team effort to be successful. – June 12th 1997
  • · James starts and registers a student group calling themselves “For One World” and forms an advisory board of faculty – Fall 1997
  • · For One World pledges the money needed to start the school based on campus fund raising progress – Spring 1998
  • · Construction starts for the school on a small plot of land donated by Bill Owen – July 1998
  • · First $3,000 raised on Trinity campus is wired to Ghana – August 11th 1998
  • · Ayi Owen International school opens with 1 teachers and 4 students and grows to 30 students and 2 teachers by the end of the first year – Oct 1998
  • · For One World is incorporated – February 20th 1998
  • · For One World chapter starts at Villanova and other schools engage – Spring 1998
  • · First news coverage: New London Day Dec 29th 1998, New York Times May 24th 1999
  • · For One World starts annual travel program to Ayi Owen International School and the first 4 students travel to volunteer at the school. –May 1999
  • · Ayi Owen International  crosses 100 students with 7 teachers – Sept 2000
  • · For One World obtains federal income tax exemption described in section 501 (c) (3) – Nov 1st 2002
  • · Construction starts at second school site. Multi acre campus and first of 5 planned 15 classroom buildings is started. Fall 2005
  • · For One World formalizes a program to continue support of school orphans living on campus – Winter 2006
  • · Ayi Owen International crosses 300 students and 18 teachers, at this point school has hit full capacity of first site. – Sept 2006
  • · For One World passes the publicly supported IRS test, ending advance ruling period continuing as income tax exempt under section 501 (c) (3) – March 31st 2007
  • · First corporate donation from Accenture for $1,000 – Aug 22nd 2007
  • · Ayi Owen International  splits classes between the two sites, new site is open but construction of first building not complete –  Sept 2007
  • · Techiman learning Resource Center is incorporated in Ghana making Ayi Owen International school a registered nonprofit – Summer 2007
  • · Ailis Peterson – a 3rd grade girl – became the youngest donor to For One World when she on her on accord addressed the school assembly and collected several boxes of donations. Her storied inspired the mother of Isabella Rishworth – a preschool girl – to help her daughter do the same with great success. – Fall 2010/Winter 2011
  • · Taylor Bowen becomes the first High school student volunteer at the Ayisatu Owen International School; in total 64 students from a variety of nationalities/backgrounds have volunteered at the Ayi Owen International School since the travel program started in 1999. The majority of these volunteers paid their own way and others were awarded travel grants for specific areas of need. – Winter 2011
· Ayi Owen International School completes its vision of filling out grade levels from preschool up to high school. First graduating students take national high school exam and school ranks #5 out of about 200 schools. – Summer 2008
· Loretta Cremmins becomes the youngest For One World board member as a Junior in college – Winter 2010
· Ayi Owen International School reaches the #1 ranking out of about 230 schools on the national exam. Girl’s scores are especially higher than the other schools. – Summer 2010
· For One World for the first time contracts a part time staff member who pledges 5% of her modest fees back to organization. – July 2010
· School passes 450 students and 38 teachers/staff – Sept 2010
· Rotary International grant for $17,500 completes toilet and clean well water at second site as well as supplies books for libraries at both sites. – Fall 2010

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