About Us

Our History

Founded in 1997, For One World is a US-based nonprofit organization the seeks to provide equal opportunities for school children and educational institutions in developing countries in Africa. In order to achieve this, the Team of FOW awards two travel grants to qualified candidates to teach specific schools with education needs. A good example is the award to teach at the Ayi Owen International School in Techiman, Ghana, West Africa over the 2020 Summer. This is an excellent opportunity to gain international experience teaching in English at an innovative school in a developing country. Federal Nonprofit organization that promotes understanding and solutions of educational problems in less developed countries.  Granted Federal non-profit status in 2002. 


  • 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 in Spring 1998
  • Construction starts for the school on a small plot of land donated by Bill Owen in July 1998
  • First $3,000 raised on Trinity campus is wired to Ghana on August 11, 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. Girls 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

Our Mission

For One World is a leader striving for real change in education for students around the world. Our educational programs in Ghana are working towards empowering local communities to create new standards for educating needy children.


Our program have benefitted thousands of children across Africa.

These programs include working with the local community leaders and collaborating on the funding of classrooms, fostering cultural and community programs, and providing need based scholarship programs for students attending Ayisatu Owen International School. We also provide collegiate scholarships enabling volunteers to travel to Ghana building lasting connections in our global community through stewardship and civic leadership while teaching necessary skills not locally available.

For One World values the spirit and innovation of our volunteers and donors, and their efforts to improve our one world! Quality, community driven education is a sustainable long term solution to many of the worlds challenges: Environment, Health, Empowerment, Women’s rights, Population growth, etc!

Helping communities grow stronger through Quality Education

For one world have undertaken several projects to aid academic performance. Some of the programs are English writing/composition programs, Early childhood development education, Arithmetic programs to improve mathematics etc 

The world is shaped through collective efforts

ForOneWorld thrives with the help of Donors and support from individuals, institutions and organizations. Extend a helping hand to provide the basic necessities of living and education to the poor, orphans and people with physical defect.

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Federal Nonprofit organization that promotes understanding and solutions of educational problems in less developed countries.

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